The Islamic State group on July 13 released an audio recording it claims is the voice movement's leader for Afghanistan, contradicting reports he had been killed by a U.S. drone strike three days earlier.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai marked her 18th birthday at a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and called for world leaders to "invest in books instead of bullets."
The Pakistani Army says at least four government soldiers were killed in overnight clashes with militants in the volatile tribal areas.
The Afghan intelligence agency says the leader of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region has been killed in a air strike.
India and Pakistan, the newest prospective members of a growing economic club formed by Russia and China in the Eurasian region, hailed the emergence of an economic axis not centered around the West.
Pakistani Shi'a In Solidarity With Iranians
India and Pakistan will join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security group led by Russia and China and also including Central Asian republics, the organization said in a statement on July 10.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the SCO to increase Russia's clout in the former Soviet Union and beyond.
India and Pakistan, the two South Asian rival nations, have agreed to hold a meeting of their national security advisers in New Delhi to discuss terrorism, India said on July 10.
The Afghan National Directorate of Security says a former spokesman for Pakistan’s Taliban who switched to the Islamist State group was killed by an air strike in eastern Afghanistan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai met for the first time on July 8 in Oslo after both attended a United Nations education summit in the Norwegian capital.
Pakistan's government says a meeting on July 7 between Afghan government and Afghan Taliban representatives ended with an agreement to continue talks toward achieving peace and reconciliation.