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Pakistani Taliban attacked an air force base in the country's restive northwest Friday, killing at least 29 people, most of them soldiers, in their deadliest assault in months following a major military offensive against them.
 
Fifteen Islamist militants have been killed and seven of their hideouts destroyed in fresh air attacks in Pakistan's lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the military said.
 
Pakistan marks 50th anniversary of India war amid tensions
Pakistan on Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of its second war with arch-rival India, weeks after the two nuclear powers faced off in some of their deadliest skirmishes for over a decade.
 
Pakistan's fading Parsi community faces future away from home
For more than 1,000 years, Parsis have thrived in South Asia but an aging population and emigration to the West driven by instability in Pakistan means the tiny community of "fire worshippers" could soon be consigned to the country's history books.
 
Fear and despair in Kashmir as India-Pakistan talks falter
India and Pakistan aborted rare talks this weekend under a cloud of recriminations, while on the front line of their festering conflict in Kashmir, villagers cowering from artillery in mud huts despair of ever seeing lasting peace.
 
A Chinese tourist held hostage for months by the Taliban has been freed in a government operation, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said. Khan made the announcement in a press conference late Sunday night that was broadcast Monday on multiple TV channels. He said the man will be handed over to mainlandChinese authorities soon.
 
Pakistan meeting Kashmir separatists is not OK: India
Talks between the top security advisers of neighbors and archrivals India and Pakistan have hit several roadblocks over the contentious Kashmir region before they've even started.
 
Pakistani police have arrested three Christian men under terrorism laws for using the word "prophet" to describe a dead pastor on a poster, officials said Thursday.
 
A suicide attacker on Sunday killed a Pakistani provincial minister who had campaigned against militants and at least 10 other people, after detonating a bomb at a meeting the minister was attending.
 
Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.
 
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