Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:22:17 GMT
Obama announces new sanctions on Russia for its role in backing separatists in Ukraine.More >>
Obama announces new sanctions on Russia for its role in backing separatists in Ukraine. More >>
HAFIZABAD, PAKISTAN (CBS) - An 18-year-old Pakistani woman "miraculously survived" after being shot and thrown into a canal by her father for marrying against the family's wishes, police said Saturday, describing the latest in a series of such attacks on women in the Muslim-majority country.
The assault on Wednesday came days after a 25-year-old woman was beaten and stoned to death by her family for marrying a man they did not approve of, one of hundreds of so-called "honor killings" carried out every year in Pakistan against women accused of bringing shame to their conservative families through sexual transgressions.
Local police officer Ali Akbar said the teenager's father, with help from some of his close relatives, attacked her in Hafizabad, a conservative city 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of the capital Islamabad.
Akbar said Saba Maqsood was in love with a man from a nearby city and married him last week. But her father Ahmed brought her back to his home, promising she would not be harmed. Akbar said her family members beat her, and the following day Ahmed took her to a deserted area and tried to kill her.
The woman told police her two uncles looked on as her father shot her in the face, put her in a burlap sack and threw her into a canal, Akbar said.
"Saba Maqsood told us that her father and other relatives had assumed that she was dead. But she regained consciousness, opened the sack and came out of the canal," he said. He said she made her way to a gas station, where she alerted a security guard.
"We are raiding different places in an effort to capture her father and all those who participated in the assault," he said.
The fatal stoning last month cast a harsh light on violence against women in Pakistan, where human rights activists say perpetrators are often acquitted or given light sentences.
Under Pakistani law, those charged with killing women can see their criminal case dropped if family members of the deceased forgive them or accept so-called "blood money."
Thursday, July 31 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:03:00 GMT
Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.More >>
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday, though Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:38:58 GMT
The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.More >>
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The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering...More >>
Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country entered into economic uncertainty with its second default in 13 years, one forced upon it by New York hedge funds with the backing of U.S. courts.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:18:46 GMT
Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected....More >>
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