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Children study under open skies as quake rocks education in Pakistan
Ishtiaq Khalid is having a snow day, forced to stay home from his school in the Pakistani district of Shangla due to inclement weather -- but unlike most 12-year-olds, he is not happy about it.
 
An angry mob in Pakistan's Punjab province torched a factory after one of its employees was accused of committing blasphemy, police officials said on Saturday.
 
Unknown gunmen killed four paramilitary soldiers as they guarded a mosque in Pakistan's volatile megacity of Karachi Friday, officials said.
 
The Pakistani director behind a video response to the Paris attacks that has received millions of views is "humbled" by the response, he told AFP.
 
When a landslide created a huge, turquoise lake that cut them off from the world, the farmers of Gulmit were left destitute and unable to sell their potatoes. Their solution: to drag their Himalayan valley in Pakistan's far north into the Internet age.
 
Kalash tribe blamed for quake in northwest Pakistan
Conservative Muslims in Pakistan's northwest are blaming the animist Kalash for a powerful earthquake that flattened entire villages in October, claiming their immoral ways provoked Allah's wrath, in the latest attack on a diminishing tribe fighting to keep its identity alive.
 
Pakistan factory collapse death  toll now risen to 44, says official
The death toll from the collapse of a factory in eastern Pakistan rose to 44 on Sunday as rescuers said that hopes of recovering more survivors were growing increasingly slim.
 
Pakistani authorities said Friday they are racing against time to send relief supplies, including blankets, tents and food to the country's quake-affected rugged northwest amid forecasts of heavy rains and snowfall there for the next week.
 
Cyclists battle Philippine capital's 'Carmageddon'
Cyclist Jack Yabut is on a perilous and likely futile crusade to help the Philippine capital beat "Carmageddon," but even if his campaign fails -- he will have saved time on his own commute.
 
The Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed responsibility for a suspected suicide bombing which left 24 dead in a southern Pakistani province, a minister from the region said Saturday.
 
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