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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.
 
A young Pakistani woman self-immolated after police refused to act on her claim she was gang-raped by their colleagues, officials and activists said Wednesday.
 
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he is trying to revive peace talks with the Taliban after the latest round was derailed by untimely news of the death of leader Mullah Omar.
 
Searching for quake missing - 10 years on
The morning the Pakistan earthquake struck 10 years ago, Nazish Naz had been reluctant to go to school, telling her elder sister the day felt cursed. Less than an hour after the 16-year-old left home, disaster struck.
 
The 'water mafias' that suck Karachi dry
The moment they saw the city water tanker stop in their neighborhood, Mohammed and Nayla rushed toward it. That day, the water was free -- a rare event in Karachi, where organized gangs siphon it off to sell to thirsty residents.
 
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