An eerie silence hung over the shattered, blood-spattered corridors and classrooms of the Army Public School on Wednesday - the silence of 132 dead Pakistani children, their lives cut short by Taliban gunmen.
Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan on Wednesday called off a four-month long protest movement to topple the government following the massacre of nearly 150 people by the Taliban at a school in the northwest.
Pakistan's army chief and the head of its main intelligence agency flew to neighbouring Afghanistan on Wednesday to seek help in battling the militants behind this week's school massacre in Pakistan in which 145 people were killed.
The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.
A shocked Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.
A European Union court on Wednesday ordered the Palestinian group Hamas removed from the EU terrorist list for procedural reasons, but says the bloc can maintain asset freezes against Hamas members for now.
Wednesday December 17, 2014, Havana/Washington
President Barack Obama was set to announce that the United States and Cuba are moving to normalize diplomatic relations more than 50 years after they were severed, the biggest U.S. policy shift in decades of hostile ties with the island.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his most bitter critic Imran Khan today sat side by side and vowed to wage a united war against terror after an all-party meeting in Peshawar, where Taliban gunmen killed 132 children in a school in what has been described as Pakistan's bloodiest terror attack ever.