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October 11, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
If the Nobel Peace Prize were awarded to the most inspiring triumph of reason over brutality, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai would be booking a flight to Oslo. The Pakistani schoolgirl's activism for education and equality in defiance of Taliban bullets made her a favorite for Friday's prestigious award. That the Nobel committee decided instead to recognize the work of enforcers of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention disappointed legions of Malala admirers worldwide but failed to shake their belief that she was the most deserving.
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October 11, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager and outspoken proponent of the right of girls and young women to be educated, survived being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in 2012. But as if attempted murder wasn't bad enough -- now the Taliban is proving to be a bad sport too. Malala survived a bullet to the head, penned a book about her experiences with Christina Lamb -- "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban" was published by Little, Brown this week.
WORLD
October 7, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
In one short year, Malala Yousafzai has transformed herself from obscure Taliban victim to an internationally celebrated model of courage in defense of human rights. Founder of the nonprofit Malala Fund that advocates for girls' education and raises money for schools and tuition in her native Pakistan, Malala has used her place on the world stage to declare personal victory over terrorism and to call for peace talks with the Islamic extremists who attacked her. Her activism in defiance of renewed death threats has, in the estimation of prominent media and human rights organizations, put her in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize that is to be awarded Friday.
WORLD
October 6, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban claimed responsibility Sunday for a bombing in southern Afghanistan that killed four members of a NATO patrol, reportedly Americans, on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion. Ahmad Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, said the deaths occurred when the international patrol was on foot as part of a joint operation with the Afghan army and a bomb detonated around 3 a.m. In line with its policy, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization didn't release the nationalities, but Faisal said they were Americans.
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September 29, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A massive car bomb in Peshawar, the third in a particularly bloody week for the northwestern Pakistani city, killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 100 on Sunday in a crowded market about 350 yards from where a memorial service was being held for the victims of last week's church bombing. Shafqat Malik, the head of the local bomb squad, said the bomb was planted in a car parked in front of a small hotel in the Qissa Khawani bazaar, the city's oldest and one of its biggest.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Robert Abele
L.A.-based musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari's very personal documentary "We Came Home" chronicles the frequent trips she made to her father's homeland, Afghanistan, in its alternatingly hopeful and turbulent years following the initial routing of the Taliban after 9/11. Her father, a prominent banker-activist, had moved back to help rebuild the country's economy. Delawari's main focus, however, is a 2007 trip in which she and two colleagues recorded songs at her parents' Kabul house in collaboration with a handful of elder Afghan musicians.
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September 21, 2013 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan on Saturday released a top Afghan Taliban official who Afghan officials believe could nudge Islamist militants to the bargaining table and help hammer out a political solution after more than a decade of war. Afghanistan had repeatedly called for the release of former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, reportedly captured in a joint Pakistani-CIA raid in Karachi in 2010. "We believe that his release will help the Afghan peace process," said Aimal Faizi, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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September 15, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A two-star major general with the Pakistani army and two subordinate officers were killed Sunday by a roadside bomb in the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the border with Afghanistan, officials said. Maj. Gen. Sanaullah Niazi and the other officers were reportedly returning from an inspection of Pakistan border posts when their vehicle hit the mine in the Shahi Kot area of the Upper Dir district. The major general and his two colleagues died on the spot, officials said, reportedly the first time such a senior officer was killed by militants in the area.
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September 9, 2013 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in as Pakistan's new president Monday, replacing Asif Ali Zardari, who becomes the first democratically elected president in the nation's history to complete a full term. The post of president is largely ceremonial in Pakistan and the occupant is chosen by national and provincial lawmakers.  Hussain, 73, a businessman from Karachi and a former state governor, has close ties to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League - N party.
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September 9, 2013 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in Monday as Pakistan's new president, replacing Asif Ali Zardari, who becomes the nation's first democratically elected president to complete a full term. Hussain's swearing-in came as leaders of more than a dozen political parties gathered at a conference led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and agreed to negotiate with militants in the lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, whose groups have sought to topple the government. In telephone calls to news media, Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said his group welcomed the government's offer of talks and would convene within a few days its central council, which would form a team to negotiate and formalize its demands.
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