Huma Mian has been identified as an American citizen who graduated from Colorado University and is the wife of Faisal Shahzad. She is now in Pakistan, where authorities have detained her father.
Pakistani officials have detained members of Faisal Shahzad's family In the wake of what they say was Shahzad's failed attempt to detonate a Times Square car bomb. Intelligence officials in Pakistan say the suspect recently spent about four months in Peshawar, a city on the Afghanistan border close to militant training camps.
Pakistan renamed the North West Frontier Province to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a nod to Pashtuns, but the minority Hazars launched deadly protests. The Taliban has sought to supplant ethnic identity with pan-Islamist philosophy.
Canadian Treasury Board President Stockwell Day is seen in a viewfinder as he speaks to journalists in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday.
A coordinated attack Monday on the US Consulate in Peshawar left at least six dead, including four Pakistani Taliban militants. No Americans were killed in the attack.
Pakistan's President Zardari could soon cede several of his powers to the prime minister, after a parliamentary committee approved a long-negotiated draft bill to that effect late Wednesday. It is expected to pass.
Two US drone attacks killed seven in a Pakistan Taliban stronghold Wednesday, although militants elsewhere continued to inflict their own casualties by killing five Pakistani police at a security checkpoint.
Some Pakistan Taliban officials say leaders now meet in secret for fear of US drone strikes. But they vow to keep up their own offensive, as evidenced by a string of bomb attacks last week that killed 70 people.
Pakistan's Army declared victory in a weeks-long offensive after it seized control of a Taliban and Al Qaeda cave network that served as a hub in the Bajaur tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Taliban is under pressure with 7 of 15 members of its top leadership council, the Quetta Shura, recently arrested. But still in place are senior leaders who might step up and other senior Taliban councils responsible for different parts of the country.