World Bulletin / News Desk
A court in Pakistan on Wednesday ordered authorities to produce an anti-drone activist abducted just days before he was due to travel to Europe to meet lawmakers, in a case that spotlights citizens' distrust of the unmanned aircraft and government security forces.
A former military ruler has acknowledged he permitted drone flights, however, and many Pakistanis believe the government is still complicit in their use.
Judge Malik Shahzad Ahmed Khan ordered the Interior Ministry to produce activist Kareem Khan in court on Feb. 20 in the city of Rawalpindi, said Shahzad Akbar, the activist's lawyer.
"I'd like to know he's at least safe," Akbar, a prominent anti-drone campaigner, told Reuters. "But my suspicion is that they will come back and say we don't have him."
It is not clear whose custody Khan is in. Police told the court they did not have him, raising the possibility he is being held by Pakistan's shadowy military intelligence agency. Hundreds of Pakistanis are being held in secret prisons and many have been there years without trial.
Khan was taken from his home on Feb. 5 by around a dozen men in police uniforms who bundled him into a police vehicle in front of his wife, children and neighbours, Akbar said.
Khan had been due to travel to Europe on Friday to meet British, German and Dutch lawmakers to talk about the effects of drone strikes on Pakistan, human rights group Amnesty International said in a statement.
Khan's brother and son were killed in a US drone attack in December 2009. He was suing both the CIA and the Pakistani government over the deaths in Pakistani court.
Dlamini-Zuma said that the pan-African body would work to accelerate its current efforts to help Liberia, which has been hit hard by the deadly virus
Natives must gain control of titles to stave off deforestation and reduce illegal logging, activists say.
In Brazil's tightest election in decades, the leftist incumbent's aggressive campaign against pro-business senator Neves has succeeded in bolstering her support
Only male worshippers aged 40 and above and women of all ages were allowed into the holy site
France was the first country to join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes in Iraq
Christos Stylianides, who takes over on Nov. 1 as the EU's commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management, will also be the 28-nation bloc's point man on Ebola.
While the South already has peacetime control of its roughly 639,000 service members, its ally the United States had been set to hand over wartime operational control (OPCON) at the end of next year.
U.S. negotiator Sherman said the United States and the other major powers were prepared to reach an agreement and suggested it would ultimately be seen to be Iran's fault if one did not materialize
The government has in recent months undertaken a huge crackdown on smuggling, including closing the border at night and arresting 1,266 people.
State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday for meetings with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
In 2011, Zehaf-Bibeau begged a British Columbia judge to put him in jail, saying he was homeless and wanted to overcome a crack cocaine addiction, according to court records
Iraqi forces also must be trained, armed and ready before major advances, like one to retake the city of Mosul, which fell to the ISIL in June
Spencer is the ninth Ebola case seen in the United States and the first case in America's largest city, setting off renewed fears about the spread of the virus
The warning comes nearly a month after another volcano, Mt Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.
More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters have scoured waters off Stockholm since last Friday after reports of foreign "underwater activity" - suspected to be a Russian sub
The detainee was identified as Irek Hamidullan. He was captured in 2009 and has been held at a detention facility at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.