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Shiite cleric calls for new government in Iraq

Shiite cleric calls for new government in Iraq

Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's leading Shiite cleric, called for formation of a new and inclusive government in Iraq Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
Keystone bill passes Senate Energy Committee

Keystone bill passes Senate Energy Committee

A bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday, but may go no further.
Gabrielle Levy
Defense Secretary on Bergdahl: Don't rush to judgement, America

Defense Secretary on Bergdahl: Don't rush to judgement, America

Chuck Hagel urged the media, military and American people to avoid judgement about released prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl until all the facts come out.
Matt Bradwell
Pakistani activists welcome home-based worker proposals

Pakistani activists welcome home-based worker proposals

Some Pakistani activists have welcomed proposed federal government policies and provincial legislation to improve conditions for home-based workers.
Ihsan Qadir
Sexual abuse of Pakistani children linked to social factors

Sexual abuse of Pakistani children linked to social factors

The Lahore gang rape of a 5-year-old girl has shaken Pakistanis, and psychologists and social scientists cite social factors in rising sexual abuse of children.
Ihsan Qadir

Child abuse cases in Pakistan increase with social unrest

Experts blame terrorism, poverty and other factors for a rise in sexual assaults.
ihsan qadir
Major Pakistani juniper forest in danger of vanishing

Major Pakistani juniper forest in danger of vanishing

A large Pakistani forest of juniper trees, some thousands of years old, is in danger from a dearth of conservation efforts and villagers' felling of the trees.
Abdul Malik Achakzai
Nepali nomadic tribe struggles to stay in forest

Nepali nomadic tribe struggles to stay in forest

Nepal's nomadic Rautes face crisis as their young thirst for mobile phones and modernization while elders' struggle to maintain a traditional way of life.
Pramod Raj Sedhain
Pakistan-India conflicts spur social media war among young

Pakistan-India conflicts spur social media war among young

Renewed Pakistan-India conflict has ignited a social media war in which young people are using the online technology to express support for their countries.
Obaid Khan
Residents say Karachi is a dangerous city

Residents say Karachi is a dangerous city

Many residents say Karachi is a dangerous place to live after a U.S. magazine calls it "far and away the world's most dangerous megacity."
Filza Khurram
Former Maoist guerrillas leave Nepalese army for politics

Former Maoist guerrillas leave Nepalese army for politics

Dozens of former Maoist guerrillas abandon an ambitious integration program with the Nepalese army they once fought against to enter politics.
Pramod Raj Sedhain
Rains bring new life and tourism to Thar Desert

Rains bring new life and tourism to Thar Desert

Heavy rains that have caused deadly monsoons in much of Pakistan have spurred the Thar Desert in the country's southeast to bloom, boosting tourism.
Amar Guriro
Conservatives' polio vaccine boycott takes toll in Pakistan

Conservatives' polio vaccine boycott takes toll in Pakistan

Nasir Khan, a Pakistani whose son has polio, is one of the faces of a vaccination boycott by conservatives who say the campaign is a Western conspiracy.
Abdul Malik Achakzai

Pakistan's privatization plans raise worker concerns

Pakistan's plans to resume privatization of state-owned industries brings worries the move will bring layoffs, a contract system and low wages.
Manzoor Chandio
Handicrafts of Pakistan's Cholistan struggling to survive

Handicrafts of Pakistan's Cholistan struggling to survive

Ghulan Fareed works a hand loom in Pakistan's desert city of Cholistan to make traditional Falasi blankets, but handicrafts such as his are struggling.
Imran Mehr

Child bride tradition survives in Pakistan, despite laws

Some families in remote parts of Pakistan still marry their daughters off to older men, usually to end a feud, in defiance of measures to outlaw the practice.
Izhar Ullah
Pakistanis Skeptical of Report on bin Laden

Pakistanis Skeptical of Report on bin Laden

Pakistanis are skeptical of a probe finding official incompetence allowed Osama bin Laden to stay in the country and U.S. forces to raid his location.
Obaid Khan

Pakistani leaders nervous after killings of lawmakers

The killing of three lawmakers soon after Pakistan's parliamentary elections leaves political and religious leaders nervous about their own security.
Zafar Ahmed Khan, UPI.com
Traffic woes building in Iraqi Kurdistan cultural capital

Traffic woes building in Iraqi Kurdistan cultural capital

Road conditions in Iraqi Kurdistan’s cultural capital are growing so bad that tardiness and car accidents have become a daily occurrence, to growing local irritation.
Muhammed Abdulla, written for UPI.com
Pakistan election-monitoring group pulls back on some claims

Pakistan election-monitoring group pulls back on some claims

A Pakistani election-monitoring group has backpedalled on some claims it made of voting irregularities in the aftermath of the country's May 11 elections.
Filza Khurram, written for UPI.com
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