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A security officer is seen perched through a vehicle's sun roof as electoral workers stand in line along a wall in Karachi, Pakistan.

Suicide bomber kills dozens as Pakistanis vote in cliffhanger election

A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling center as Pakistanis voted on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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What’s good for democracy can be bad for stability

Supporters of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek hold signs to condemn the attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar during a rally in Lahore on December 21, 2014.

Pakistan’s patience with terrorism may finally have run out

Punjabi flood victims are evacuated by boat from their flooded house following heavy rain in Jhang, Pakistan, on September 10, 2014.

Pakistanis rush to relief efforts after devastating floods in Punjab

Ali Gul Pir, Talal Qureshi and Adil Omar in a screenshot from from #KholoBC video.

Pakistani artists say their country’s YouTube ban is about politics, not religion

Lifestyle & Belief

As Washington careens toward shutdown, Saudi cleric tries to keep women from careening anywhere

Global Scan

A Saudi Arabian cleric is making waves in his effort to keep women off the roads — by arguing that they’ll damage their ovaries if they do. Women in the rest of the world must surely be puzzled by that argument. All that and more in today’s Global Scan.

Pakistan’s new president faces tough choices to meet commitment to keep power on

Global Politics

Pakistan faces a recurring problem keeping the lights on. And not just the lights, but also the factories. There are regular blackouts in the country, but the new prime minister has promised to get the power turned back on, and kept on regularly.

Historic election marks transition in Pakistan

Global Politics

Pakistan marked a monumental moment this weekend, with voters successfully electing a new individual to be the nation’s prime minister. It marks the first time the country has successfully had a peaceful, democratic transfer of power.

Prospective Pakistan Prime Minister Gives Conflicting Views on War on Terror

Global Politics

Nawaz Sharif, the man most likely to become Pakistan’s next prime minister has set two priorities: Boosting his country’s economy, and peace for Pakistan. Journalist Beenish Ahmed tells host Marco Werman that Sharif has some worrisome comments for the US.

Pakistan’s Election Symbols

When Pakistan goes to the polls, their ballots will not have the names of any contesting parties on them. Using symbols on ballots has been standard procedure in Pakistani elections for decades, because over 40 percent of adult Pakistanis are illiterate.