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Polio Crisis Deepens in Pakistan, With New Cases and Killings

This article was originally posted by the New York Times. LONDON — Pakistan’s polio crisis has reached new depths this year, health officials say, intensified by a deadly mix of ruthless militant violence, large-scale refugee displacement...Show More Summary

World View: Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland Forming Alliance to Confront Russia

This morning's key headlines from Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland forming alliance to confront Russia Health workers boycott Pakistan's polio vaccination campaign after shooting Two British brothers jailed for training...Show More Summary

Four Polio Workers Killed In Pakistan As Crisis Worsens

While Africa continues its fight against an unprecedented Ebola outbreak, Pakistan is facing it own worsening health crisis, as diagnosed cases of polio are found to have quadrupled in the past twelve months, against a backdrop of violent attacks against those working to deliver effective vaccination programs across the country. Show More Summary

Pakistan Anti-Terrorism Court Sentences Married Couple And Network Owner To A Total of 104 Years For “Blasphemous” Television Program

7 hours agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Veena Malik, along with her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak and former network owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to a total of 104 years in jail in the latest absurd blasphemy prosecution based on Sharia law. Malik, an actress, was given 26 years in jail by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court for “malicious acts” of blasphemy for reenacting […]

Polio Crisis Deepens in Pakistan, With New Cases and Killings

9 hours agoHealth : NYT: Health

The number of new Pakistani polio cases this year has hit 260, four times as many as last year, and four more anti-polio workers have been killed in the field.

Militants Gun Down Pakistan Health Workers as Polio Crisis Intensifies

10 hours agoHealth : Healthland

There have been 260 new cases of polio diagnosed in the South Asian nation this year

Officials: Gunmen slay 4 polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers.

How Many Civilians Do Drone Strikes Kill?

A new report from the human rights group, Reprieve, has some truly disturbing statistics: Some 24 men specifically targeted in Pakistan resulted in the death of 874 people. All were reported in the press as “killed” on multiple occasions, meaning that numerous strikes were aimed at each of them. The vast majority of those strikes […]

Pakistan Sentences Bollywood Actress, Husband to 26 Years in Prison for 'Blasphemous' Dance

Pakistani Muslim Bollywood actress, Veena Malik, her actor husband, Asad Bashir Khan, the owner of the country’s largest media group plus the show’s host and two guests were all sentenced to 26 years in prison for “blasphemy.” How was...Show More Summary

A 26-year sentence for a TV show with a song and dance about the wedding of Muhammad's daughter.

The sentence of Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, owner of Geo News, the largest media group in Pakistan, will be appealed. From the end of the linked article:Pakistan's blasphemy law allows anyone to file a complaint alleging their religious feelings have been hurt for any reason. Show More Summary

4 polio workers shot dead in Pakistan hours after reported drone strike

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said.

Pakistan TV mogul gets 26 years’ jail for blasphemy, army role seen

yesterdayReligion : FaithWorld

Pakistan's largest media group said on Wednesday it will appeal against a 26-year jail term for its owner for blasphemy, the latest twist in a long-running feud between the station and the military.

Polio workers killed in Pakistan attack

Assailants shoot dead four vaccinators in Baluchistan province, forcing authorities to halt immunisation drive.

Pakistan has a popular, taboo-breaking call-in sex advice show on TV

A new show on the Pakistani television channel Health TV appears to be doing the near-impossible: Talking more or less openly about sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and other sex-related problems in a conservative Muslim nation where such talk is generally prohibited in public and, often, avoided in private. Show More Summary

New Data and Upside-Down Moberg

I’ve been re-examining SH proxies for some time now, both in connection with PAGES2K and out of intrinsic relevance.  In today’s post, I’ll report on a new (relatively) high-resolution series from  the Arabian Sea offshore Pakistan (Boll et al 2014, Late Holocene primary productivity and sea surface temperature variations in the northeastern Arabian Sea: implications […]

Pakistan says 20 fighters dead in air strikes

Officials say deceased in North Waziristan included members of Haqqani network and fighters loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur.

India links: China border standoffs, Wagah attack, Pakistan border, Sri Lanka policy and more

Sanjaya Baru argues that the BJP Government has a 120-day window of opportunity to enact any policy measures it wishes to take. It's estimated that halving the delays caused by roadblocks and other stoppages would cut freight times by...Show More Summary

Christian Man Tortured and Killed by Police in Pakistan; Family Try to Storm Police Station

A 35-year-old Christian man was reportedly tortured and killed by police while in custody in Lahore, Pakistan. His family attempted to storm the policy station in protest, while an investigation has been launched into the incident.

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