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A new ban on hunting houbara bustards is being flouted by Arab princes who have been given extraordinary privileges by Pakistani authorities to hunt the bird, according to an official of the Balochistan provincial Forest and Wildlife Department.
Pakistani activists urge the brick industry to change the system so women laborers are paid directly, instead of their wages going to the male heads of their families.
As hardline militants continue to gun down polio vaccine workers in Pakistan, health workers continue their efforts to protect children.
Many Pakistani students from North Waziristan fleeing military operations are out of school, raising fears they could fall in with militants or criminals.
The intrusion of the Arabian Sea into the mouth of the Indus River in Pakistanis forcing villages to relocate inland, and threatening livelihoods.
The provincial government in Pakistan's Sindh province is planning a literacy program to reach women and girls in remote areas via cell phones.
Many in China think academic pressure on children is out of hand but it is not clear a measure to deemphasize cramming will work.
Pakistani farmers seem to be losing interest in growing wheat because the government has failed to increase wheat price supports enough, growers say.
Officers in Punjab's police department, Pakistan's largest, are seen as undertrained and inefficient, but help may be on the way.
A micro-hydropower station has brought electricity to Serai, a village in northwestern Pakistan. Similar power plants could ease the country's energy shortage.
A suicide bombing that killed dozens of Shiite religious pilgrims on a bus near Quetta ended a lull in violence against Pakistan's Hazara minority.
Drought and power shortages have decimated local agriculture and driven some villagers in Pakistan's Balochistan province to Quetta, the provincial capital.
Some Pakistani activists have welcomed proposed federal government policies and provincial legislation to improve conditions for home-based workers.
Pakistani officials worry there may be an attempt to free militants from Central Prison Peshawar after jailbreaks elsewhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.
Despite a free and compulsory schooling law in Pakistan's Sindh province, education there lags behind even that in militancy-plagued northwestern tribal areas.
Village committees established in Pakistan's Swat Valley to prevent a return of the Taliban are being targeted by the militants, police records show.
Demand for private English language tutoring is high in China, and parents often end up paying big money to inexperienced foreigners.
With several vulture species facing extinction in Pakistan, an environmental group's efforts aim to contribute to the recovery of the iconic birds.
After disrupting Pakistan's textile industry for two weeks, a government shutoff of natural gas supplies is taking a toll on households.
Some Pakistanis look forward to a new comic-book superhero modeled on a Pakistani Muslim teenage girl living in the United States, while others express doubts.
Pakistani youth comment via social media on issues ranging from the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud to support for Imran Khan's PTI party.
Young Pakistani entrepreneurs have greeted a new program to encourage young people to start small businesses with mixed reactions.
Lahore Hindus are to get a cemetery, reclaiming a Partition-era graveyard in this Muslim-majority area, after a decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court.
Pakistani laws banning a centuries-old custom of giving girls away to settle a feud continue to be ignored, activists and legal experts say.
Despite some of Uganda's highest HIV/AIDS rates, female condoms are not being embraced or easily accessible to women in Gulu District in the country's north.
Militancy in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas has forced hundreds of tribal people to change jobs or even flee the country.
The holy month of Muharram brought fear to Pakistan after violence claimed 11 lives and left 70 injured, according to the Punjab chief minister's office.
Pakistani relief efforts following an earthquake in Baluchistan are lagging, while international aid organizations say the government has refused their help.
By Abdul Malik Achakzai
Early results in Baluchistan provincial elections show Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and two partners in the coalition governing the province ahead.
By Abdul Malik Achakzai
More than 50,000 security personnel are deployed to secure the balloting process as the Pakistani province of Baluchistan is set to hold historic elections.
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.
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.
Last month’s killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud by a U.S. drone strike, and ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan put prospective Pakistani peace talks with the Taliban group at risk.
The closure last May of three U.S.-funded community radio stations in Pakistan's militancy-hit tribal areas may strengthen militants' voices, residents fear.
Years of fighting have displaced thousands from Pakistan's Khyber Agency. Most have reluctantly gone to U.N.-run camps such as Jalozai, near Peshawar.
The U.S. killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has spurred debate in Pakistan amid protests from the government and some political parties.
A lull in fighting between India and Pakistan along their common border in Kashmir has given villagers a moment of relief from renewed tensions between the countries.
Pakistan's PTI party has promised to end unrest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, but critics say the party is not up to the challenge of governing the province.
The Edhi Morgue is the only functioning morgue in Karachi -- a city of more than 18 million and the explosive nerve center of Pakistan.
Tribesmen once armed by the government against the Taliban feel more threatened by the expected backlash to the killing of Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud.
Archaeologists and cultural activists say Buddhist carvings in Pakistan's Swat district are fading fast and a preservation strategy is needed to protect them from vandalism.
Last month's suicide attacks on a Peshawar church have increased security fears among Pakistan's religious minorities, especially Christians.
Pakistan's Swat district is said to be recovering from its first dengue outbreak, with the number of new patients dropping.
It was tribal culture and traditions, not the government or religious decrees, that prevented women from voting in parts of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in August, local sources say.
A pioneering woman called America in Pakistan has gained local support through social activism
By Pramod Raj Sedhain
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex Nepalis will be able to register as “third gender” for the first time in the country's history and campaign openly for legislative seats in the planned Nov. 19 elections.
Nepal has halted the near-imminent disappearance of the Bengal tiger and one-horned rhinoceros, and recorded an increase in their populations, authorities say.
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.
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.
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."
Dozens of former Maoist guerrillas abandon an ambitious integration program with the Nepalese army they once fought against to enter politics.
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.
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.
Despite abundant water resources and heavy monsoon rains in four consecutive years, experts say Pakistan will face an acute water shortage in the future.
Pakistan's plans to resume privatization of state-owned industries brings worries the move will bring layoffs, a contract system and low wages.
Aside from people entering the country illegally, immigration experts say legal immigrants overstaying their visas are also a significant problem.
Human rights groups and the Pakistani Taliban are both opposing Pakistan's government's possible decision to reinstate the death penalty.
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.
Skirmishes between Pakistani and Indian troops along a disputed boundary in Kashmir reignite tensions as Pakistan prepares to resume peace talks with India.
The government of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has set up female-staffed police desks to take reports from women complaining of abuse or violence,
The first female jirga has been set up in Pakistan's Swat Valley, an effort aimed at resolving disputes without anti-female bias perceived in male assemblies.
Pakistani public opinion of the United States hits a new low, with only 11 percent of survey respondents expressing positive views toward it.
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.
Flash floods triggered by torrential rains again hit Pakistan, displacing more than a million, but the government refuses humanitarian organizations' help.
A.Q. Khan, who fell into disfavor after confessing to passing Pakistani nuclear technology to other countries, turns to charity work.
Pakistan is suffering from acute food insecurity, particularly in the southern province of Sindh. The 2008 food crisis is seen as the beginning of the current problems.
Pakistan will convene a conference this month to draw up a policy on proposed talks with the Taliban, after a decade of suicide bombings and other attacks.
Two Pakistani provinces object to a federal proposal to allow the federal government to deduct money from provincial funds to cover power bill arrears.
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.
The killing of three lawmakers soon after Pakistan's parliamentary elections leaves political and religious leaders nervous about their own security.
The Pakistan Peoples Party announces it will boycott Tuesday's presidential election to protest a Supreme Court decision to move the election date up a week.
Pakistan's expected election of a PML-N president June 30 is seen as unlikely to lead to the reinstatement of the country's previous ban on executions.
A reported ruling to limit DNA use in rape cases by Islamic scholars advising Pakistan's government, would be unfair to victims, activists and politicians say.
Pakistan's Swat valley, devastated by a government offensive against a Taliban takeover five years ago, is divided over proposed peace talks with the extremists.
The June attack that killed 10 foreign mountain climbers in Pakistan has frightened foreign climbers, sending around 100 home and leading others to cancel trips.
Economic steps introduced by Pakistan's prime minister to pay down debt may swell the ranks of the poor and increase extremists' influence, experts say.
Juju Bhai Basan Shrestha pierces his tongue with a needle each April during a Nepali village festival in a bid to preserve a centuries-old ritual.
By Muhammed Abdulla, written for UPI.com
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.
By Naukhaiz Sahi, written for UPI.com
Pakistan's new government will put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says.
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.
Pakistani investigators say they are near arrests in the shooting of Chaudry Zulfiqar Ali, chief prosecutor in former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's killing.
The new PTI-led government in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province faces a challenge in carrying out PTI's promise to end terrorism and restore law and order.
Pakistan's new prime minister faces major challenges as the country makes a landmark transition between democratically elected governments, experts say.
Dozens of women in a former militant stronghold cast ballots in Pakistan's elections, voting with other constituents against Islamist candidates.
The PTI party, runner-up in Pakistan's elections, has been staging sit-ins in the country's largest cities, Lahore and Karachi, to protest alleged poll rigging.
Pakistani women were often blocked from voting in recent elections, but many were compelled to vote, usually for their husband's or father's candidate.
By ZAINAB SAYEED, written for UPI.com
According to Buddhist scriptures, a child mature enough to protect fields from insects and birds is capable of choosing the path of “lamahood.”
Nine-year-old Abdullah, a Syrian civil war refugee in Lebanon, is the face of a generation of young Syrians bearing much of the burden of the two-year conflict.
With former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) emerging as clear victors in Saturday's general elections, political observers and voters are predicting a new chapter in Pakistan's political history.
At least seven transgender Pakistanis are contesting elections today after a landmark court order affirmed their right to participate in politics.
By LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com
Pakistan goes to the polls to vote in a new government amid incidents of terrorism and complaints of rigging by some political parties.
Religion has always played a role in Pakistani politics and this year is no exception.
A threatening pamphlet issued by extremists in southeastern Pakistan warning locals not to elect "infidels" and women has increased fears of election violence.
The cricket bat has become a potent symbol, drawing children into the political process, in the lead-up to Pakistan's planned elections Saturday.
Politicians and analysts are voicing concern about the security situation in Karachi, one of Pakistan's major economic hubs, as political parties gear up for Saturday's general elections.
Badam Zari is running in Saturday's elections as the first female National Assembly candidate from a remote district of Pakistan's northern tribal region.
Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and Pakistan's second-largest city, is expected to be a key battleground in Saturday's planned elections.
Political analysts say the youth vote in Pakistan's May 11 elections could be a game changer.
Few non-Muslims are running in Pakistan's planned election, which critics say reinforces non-Muslims' status as a poor underclass there.
With 63% of Pakistan's population under 25 years of age, political parties are working to attract first time voters.
With landmark elections looming, two Pakistani agencies are responsible for keeping corrupt candidates out of the National Assembly and provincial assemblies.
A Chinese system that places promising athletes in prestigious universities while the less athletic compete in annual entrance examinations is spurring controversy and may be reformed in this year’s entrance examination.
More than 50 minority languages in China could disappear unless more efforts are made to preserve them.
An old registration system in China that has prevented many children of rural migrants from entering schools in Beijing may be changed.
With Pakistan facing landmark general elections May 11, cultural bars on women voting are so entrenched in conservative parts of the country that thousands of women are unlikely to vote, interviews show.
By Fleur Castlereagh
Eloise Wellings may finally fulfill her dream of competing at an Olympics this year and a change in focus may be just what she needs to make it.
By QIAO CONGRUI
Residents in Beijing spend more than a third of their earnings on foods.
By BeiBei Bao
China is seeking public opinions for its first law regulating the country's $36 billion e-commerce market, in a move to curb trade in counterfeit goods and further protect consumer rights.
By Brittany Stevens
Kansas naturists choose to live out their taboo lifestyle despite a cool reception from outsiders.
By Krithika Krishnamurthi
Indian women outnumber men in sterilization stakes.
By Mike Huynh
The rise of professional fashion bloggers and the emergence of specialized jobs fuelled by the convergence of fashion, social media and narcissism.
By Hussein Jiva
Nairobi residents fear a new era of violence in the wake of a bomb attack in the city's downtown business district.
By Simone Armer
The South African government plans to introduce biometric security systems to combat massive welfare fraud that has, in the past year, cost taxpayers a quarter of all social security payouts.
By QIAO CONGRUI
What can you do with $300 for mobile communication? In Myanmar, that only buys a SIM card.
By Dayo Ibitoye
Nigerians are unhappy with the apparent unwillingness of the government to ratify a law that would restrict the sales and advertising of cigarettes.
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