| May 20, 2011
| 3:33 PM
"The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism"
By Deborah Baker
Graywolf, $23, 246 pages
Conversion narratives have been a staple of American writing since the Puritans arrived in New England. But if the form that stories of spiritual rebirth take is...
| May 7, 2012
| 6:22 PM
The Obama administration is aware of a video of an American hostage urging the president to meet al Qaeda demands so he is not killed, a senior State Departmentofficial said Monday, but added that the United States "does not negotiate" for hostages....
| May 7, 2012
| 1:51 PM
The United States will not bargain with al Qaeda over the life of an American worker filmed making an emotional plea to President Barack Obama to save his life, U.S. officials said Monday.
"We don't make concessions to terrorists," State Department...
| Feb 15, 2009
Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 136 pp., $18 paper
Brilliant. It is quite simply...
| Jan 9, 2008
He may be the world's only national political party leader who is still a teenage college student. Or whose breathless female fans plead that he not be assassinated "because he's so hot."
On Tuesday, 19-year-old Bilawal Bhutto Zardari surfaced for his...
| Jun 7, 2009
| 4:46 PM
Cradled in his father's arms, 8-month-old Maaz Ayaz appeared listless and underweight.
A smudge of dirt marked the boy's face. His father, Mohammed Ayaz, anxiously talked of how he and his wife could feed Maaz only tea and biscuits -- the only food...
| Feb 19, 2008
President Pervez Musharraf's party appeared headed for a decisive defeat at the hands of two opposition parties today after a tense nationwide vote, according to unofficial preliminary returns and local media projections.
Formal and final results may...
| May 27, 2009
| 7:57 AM
A large car bomb detonated and gunmen opened fire near security agency offices in Lahore, Pakistan, today, killing approximately 30 people, wounding at least 250 and destroying several structures.
At least four men stepped from the explosives-laden car...
| Jan 4, 2008
As this country's political opposition looks for a leader after last week's assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif may be the last man standing.
And his eyes are fixed upon a single goal: to get rid of his archenemy, the man who kicked him out...
| May 28, 2009
Officers guarding Pakistani police and intelligence agencies saw the gunmen jump out of the white van that had stopped at their gate.
The assailants wore white shirts and trousers, and sprayed gunfire in the air and at the police. One tossed a grenade in...
| May 29, 2009
Bomb blasts tore through a busy market and a pair of police checkpoints in the volatile area near the Afghan border Thursday, killing at least 13 people and raising the specter that militants retaliating for an army offensive will unleash a campaign of...
| Mar 24, 2008
Cut off from the world, even in parts of his own home, Aitzaz Ahsan did what many of his compatriots do in times of personal and political crisis: He wrote a poem.
Months of house arrest had left the celebrated lawyer enraged over his isolation and the...