US Army choppers flew their first relief missions in Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest on Thursday, airlifting hundreds of stranded people to safety from a devastated tourist town and distributing emergency aid.
New Zealand is to provide $2 million in emergency aid to Pakistan following severe floods there killing up to 1500 people, and making life miserable for more than three million.
Dunedin nurse Barbara Turnbull will be in war-torn northwest Pakistan next week, working in a Red Cross tent hospital, living in the "safe" part of the city of Peshawar where suicide bombings and gun battles occur frequently and adjusting to temperatures of 45degC.
A roadside bofmb has killed three US soldiers and partly destroyed a girls' school in northwest Pakistan in an attack that drew attention to a little-publicised American military training mifssion in the al-Qaida and Taliban heartland.
Grisly ghosts haunt 8-year-old Saira Khan's dreams. Her tiny hands cover her mouth as she tells of the images that come to her at night, images of burnt and mutilated bodies.
A car bomb has struck a busy market in northwestern Pakistan, killing 100 people - mostly women and children - as visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged US support for Islamabad's campaign against Islamic militants.