Visiting Saudi Arabia for talks with Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif this week.
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds more civilians have died in fighting in Sri Lanka's north, where 50,000 noncombatants remain trapped in the crossfire between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels as a quarter-century-old struggle enters its endgame.
A government doctor, V. Shanmugarajah, told the Associated Press on Sunday that artillery fire killed at least 378 civilians and wounded more than 1,100. He called it the bloodiest day he had seen and said many more civilians probably were killed but were buried where they fell.
Maura R. O'Connor describes how even in peacetime, the Eastern Province is a place where abductions are an everyday occurrence.
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Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis were already fleeing the Swat Valley before the latest fighting broke out.
Sher Ali Khan, 55, is one of them. He fled his home in a village in the Swat Valley nine months ago. Sher Ali Khan now lives in a rented house in Landhi, a largely Pashtun settlement on the outskirts of Karachi.
Mary Wiltenburg, for the Pulitzer Center
It is estimated that nearly 40 cities have been abandoned as a result of desertification in Northwest China in the past 2000 years. The old city of Yinpan, which lies approximately 300km east of the modern city of Korla in China's western Xinjiang province, is one of those cities. Lying on the fringes of China's most formidable desert, the Taklamakan, its location is one of the harshest and most remote in all of China.
Afghanistan is in an uproar following U.S. airstrikes that may have killed more than 100 civilians in the western part of the country. Reports from Farah province said that on Thursday a mob of several hundred protesters chanted anti-American slogans and threw rocks outside at provincial governor's office before being disbursed by police gunfire. In Kabul, outraged lawmakers called for new laws to clamp down on foreign military operations. Ahead of talks with President Obama in Washington, Afghan President Hamid Karzai bluntly said the deaths were "unjustifiable and unacceptable."
No matter how frenzied the exhaust-coated sun-saturated day is in Karachi—this city really lives at night.
Hawks come out against the dirty pink sunset, their wide ragged wings stretched against the salty wind rising from the clanging port. The yellow street lights buzz on, their harsh glow smeared in the heavy humid air. Children, barefoot and bored, poke their lazy limbs through wrought iron bars that cage apartment balconies.
Nicholas Wadhams and Zoe Alsop, for the Pulitzer Center
The Associated Press has confirmed that Anthony Mitchell, one of its Nairobi correspondents, died in Saturday morning's crash of Kenya Airways flight KQ507 in Cameroon.
Despite Karachi's decades-old reputation as Pakistan's most violent city, over the last year this urban economic hub has remained a haven from the bombings and violence reverberating through the rest of the country. But a flaring of ethnic clashes in recent weeks, exacerbated by a the arrival of thousands of refugees from the violence in northern Pakistan, has many worried that instability has returned to the streets of this massive port city on the shores of the Arabian Sea.