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Who are the Pakistani Taliban?

The explosion of violence in Pakistan over the past week has killed more than 100 people and, at least for now, derailed any hope that peace talks between the beleaguered government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistani Taliban might provide some relief.

Who bombed Pakistan's Christians?

A Christian church, a crowded market, a bus full of government employees — these are some of the latest targets in Pakistan’s increasingly violent domestic war, which pits diverse militant groups against a government that seems powerless to rein them in.

Chatter: Prison break, the Pakistan edition

The Taliban busts out more than 200 inmates from a Pakistani jail, Egypt's Mohamed Morsi gets a visit, Bradley Manning prepares to hear the verdict on his WikiLeaking, and Londoners haven't yet mastered the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' technique.
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Incredible UN speech by a girl the Taliban tried to kill

Less than a year ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan, approached 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, aimed a pistol at her head, and pulled the trigger. The Taliban made a big mistake. Malala survived, and has become an icon for women's rights and access to education. 

Afghanistan suspends bilateral security agreement talks with US

"There is a contradiction between what the US government says and what it does regarding Afghanistan peace talks," a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday.

Foreigners feared kidnapped by Afghanistan Taliban

The hostages "were captured alive and were then transferred to the most secure region of the nation," a statement on a Taliban website said.

Pakistan's 'Terror Tax'

KARACHI — In 2012 alone, police said at least 115 different establishments in Karachi, one the country's largest cities and its commercial hub, have been victims of what locals now dub the “terror tax” — a mafia-style extortion racket that is lining the pockets of the Taliban. “The Taliban hold me completely vulnerable at this point," said on business owner. “It’s terrifying to go into work every day with that looming over you.”

Afghanistan: Suicide bombing at mosque kills more than 40 (VIDEO)

At least 42 people are dead after a suicide bomber struck worshippers at mosque in Maymana, northern Afghanistan.

Chatter: Malala Yousafzai is awake and back on her feet

The Taliban's teenage victim is standing again after a bullet to the head, the UN Security Council gets a controversial new member, and Kim Jong Un's nephew is surprisingly not weird.
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The Taliban's teenage victim is standing again after a bullet to the head, the UN Security Council gets a controversial new member, and Kim Jong Un's nephew is surprisingly not weird.
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Chatter: Malala sent to UK to recover from Taliban shooting

Pakistan's badly injured teenage activist is sent to a British hospital, Cambodia loses one of its icons, and Felix Baumgartner breaks many records but thankfully no limbs.
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Pakistan's badly injured teenage activist is sent to a British hospital, Cambodia loses one of its icons, and Felix Baumgartner breaks many records but thankfully no limbs.
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