A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy, is expected to leave the country after the Supreme Court upheld her acquittal on Tuesday. Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010 and acquitted last October. Pakistan's top court rejected a review petition in the emotionally charged case, paving the way for Bibi to leave the country. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more. Wajid Hussain in Islamabad also contributed to this report.
U.S. and Taliban negotiators say they have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal aimed at ending 17 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan's conflict. The framework was hammered during six days of talks last week in Qatar. Analysts say there are many obstacles on the road to a sustainable peace deal for Afghanistan. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
While the ruling party dismissed the pledge as an unaffordable gimmick, Congress officials said the proposal could be fulfilled with funds now spent on food subsidies and other programs that often do not reach the poor