July 15th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Pakistan bans comedy about bin Laden look-alike

Pakistan has banned the theatrical release of a comedy about Osama bin Laden due to hit cinema screens in South Asia on Friday.

Movie distributors say they are appealing the ban, issued by Pakistan's Film Censor Board.

The film, "Tere bin Laden" ("Your bin Laden"), stars Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar as an ambitious young journalist trying to land the scoop of a lifetime as a way to win a visa to live in the United States. Made in the India's Bollywood "movie factory," it's a departure from the melodramas and musicals that dominate Indian cinematic fare. It's also unusual in that it has a Pakistani in the starring role. FULL POST

July 15th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Afghanistan's 'Oprah' helps heal country's wounds

She's a sexy celebrity with millions of fans, including U.S. President Barack Obama.

With flashy music videos and a performance at the White House this past March, Mozhdah is a singing sensation and a model. And her latest achievement is becoming the host of a popular - though controversial - television talk show.

But if you don't know who she is, you're probably not an Afghan.

Mozhdah Jamalzadah is an Afghan superstar in a country still struggling with war and a battle between ideologies and cultures. FULL POST

July 15th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Suicide bomber blows himself up near military convoy

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing five people and injuring more than 40, a local government official said.

The fatalities included two women, authorities said. The blast near a bus station targeted the convoy driving through Mingora, Imran Qureshi told reporters.

MORE: U.S. battles for supplies as convoy attacks increase

Qureshi said the nature of the explosion was not known. It was unclear whether any of the victims are soldiers. FULL POST

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July 15th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Afghan tribal council member killed

A member of an Afghan tribal council was killed by militants, a day after district elders secured his release from kidnappers, the U.S. military said Wednesday. FULL POST

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