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Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes ahead of leaders' talks

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes ahead of leaders' talksThe Afghan government on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes in the Afghan province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, causing “huge financial damage”. The tension comes ahead of a scheduled visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, when he and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are expected to discuss cooperation on stopping militant attacks. Pakistani jets dropped four bombs on Wednesday evening in Kunar’s Dangam district, according to a statement from Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs.



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Labor of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

Labor of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in PakistanAs cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan's roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a quieter, bygone era.



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Nobel winner Malala visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shooting

Nobel winner Malala visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shootingBy Asif Shahzad and Jibran Ahmad MINGORA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visited her birthplace in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Saturday, bursting into tears as she entered her childhood home for the first time since a Taliban gunman shot her in 2012. The 20-year-old told a family friend she planned to return home after completing her education at Oxford, where she is reading for a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. Roads were blocked off in the town of Mingora as Yousafzai, known universally by her first name, flew in by military helicopter with her parents and brother.



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The Latest: Nobel laureate Malala returns to Pakistan home

The Latest: Nobel laureate Malala returns to Pakistan homeMINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's return to Pakistan (all times local):



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Malala to return to Pakistan after finishing her studies in Britain

Malala to return to Pakistan after finishing her studies in BritainMalala Yousafzai, the women’s education activist and youngest ever Nobel Prize Winner, said yesterday that she plans to return permanently to Pakistan after finishing her studies in Britain. Ms Yousafzai, who is known across the world simply as ‘Malala’, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 while she was campaigning for female education in the Swat Valley. In her first visit to the country since the attack, she yesterday told Pakistani media that she plans to return to the country in two years - after finishing her course in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. “My plan is to return to Pakistan as this is my country,” she said. “The Pakistani government and military have helped me in visiting my home country. I will return to Pakistan permanently after completing my education.” She described herself as “completely focusing on education” at Oxford, but said that she wanted “to work for the education of children and make it possible for every girl in Pakistan to receive a high-level education, to fulfil her dreams and become a part of society”. Malala matriculated at the University of Oxford in October 2017. Credit: David Hartley While in Pakistan, Ms Yousafzai hopes to visit her home town in the Swat Valley, around 160 miles (250km) from the capital, Islamabad. It was there, in 2012, that a Taliban gunman singled her out on the bus she rode to school, and shot her in the head. Yesterday Ms Yousafzai, now 20, acknowledged the work of the Pakistani military in saving her life. "My treatment here was by Army doctors, and if they had not done my surgery in time I would not be here today," she said. After leaving Pakistan, she founded her own not-for-profit educational fund, the Malala Fund. She continued to write and campaign, and in 2013 co-authored her biography, I Am Malala. In 2014, she became the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize Sources close to Ms Yousafzai's family yesterday told The Daily Telegraph that she had discussed with them her plans to move back to Pakistan, but had not yet decided what she would do upon her return. She told the media that she had missed “everything about Pakistan” while she had been studying in Britain. “Right from the rivers, the mountains, to even the dirty streets and the garbage around our house, and my friends and how we used to have gossip and talk about our school life, to how we used to fight with our neighbours,” she said. Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize  Credit: Andy Rain/EPA Aside from her educational commitments, she said that security concerns had prevented her from returning before now. A student who also attends Ms Yousafzai's Oxford college, Lady Margaret Hall, said yesterday that while studying she had plain clothes security detail with her at all times. Before beginning her degree at Oxford, she studied at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham. While many in Pakistan welcomed her return, others were more critical of her reforming stance and accused her of promoting her own, non-Islamic, values. A group of private schools in Pakistan declared Friday to be "I Am Not Malala Day", for what its spokesman described as her "anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan ideology". Responding to her critics, she said: "I am proud of my religion, and I am proud of my country." "I just don't know anything I've said that makes me anti-Pakistan or anti-Islam."



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Malala makes an emotional return home to Pakistan

Malala makes an emotional return home to PakistanFor the first time since she was shot in the head by the Taliban six years ago, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has made an emotional visit back home to Pakistan. Julian Satterthwaite reports.



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Malala makes first trip to Pakistan since Taliban attack

Malala makes first trip to Pakistan since Taliban attackNobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday, officials said, in her first visit to her native country since she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman six years ago for advocating education for girls. Malala is widely respected internationally for her bravery and activism, but opinion is divided in Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. Malala is expected to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during the four-day trip but further details have been “kept secret in view of the sensitivity surrounding the visit,” a government official said.



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Pakistan activists say court ruling threatens minorities

Pakistan activists say court ruling threatens minoritiesISLAMABAD (AP) — Rights activists in Pakistan expressed concern Sunday over a court ruling that would require people to declare their religion on all official documents, saying it could lead to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the Ahmadi faith.



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Pakistan child killer handed four death sentences

Pakistan child killer handed four death sentencesA Pakistani court Saturday handed four death sentences to a man charged with raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, in a case that shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district. Imran Ali, 24, was on trial for killing Zainab Fatima Ameen in the eastern city of Kasur last month. Ali was handed four separate death sentences after being convicted of the rape and murder of Zainab, as well as terrorism charges, prosecutor general of Punjab province Ihtesham Qadir said after a special anti-terrorism court passed its judgement.



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Pakistan child killer handed four death sentences

Pakistan child killer handed four death sentencesA Pakistani court Saturday handed four death sentences to a man charged with raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, in a case that shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district. Imran Ali, 24, was on trial for killing Zainab Fatima Ameen in the eastern city of Kasur last month. Ali was handed four separate death sentences after being convicted of the rape and murder of Zainab, as well as terrorism charges, prosecutor general of Punjab province Ihtesham Qadir said after a special anti-terrorism court passed its judgement.



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