Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appears to be the first mainstream Pakistan leader to defend Christians and minorities after the assassination of liberal Gov. Salman Taseer. But he spoke in English from London.
The assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab Province, Salman Taseer, has prompted a litany of responses across Pakistan, from praise to lament.
Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab Province, was seen widely as one of the country's most important political figures.
The departure of a key partner in the ruling coalition has sparked a Pakistan political crisis that could distract the government from pressing security and economic problems.
A Pakistani villager with his daughter wades in floodwaters near Nowshera, Pakistan, on July 29. Rivers burst their banks during monsoon rains, washing away streets, battering a dam, and killing at least 60 people in the most severe floods in decades in northwest Pakistan. The floods took 2,000 lives and affected 20 million people, of whom 7 million remain homeless.
An aide to Pakistan President Zardari told the Monitor that Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who has been in jail on blasphemy charges, will be granted a pardon or clemency. She was to be executed Nov. 8.
Ethiopian Jewish women pray during a ceremony for the traditional 'Sigd' holiday in Jerusalem. The festival, unique to the Ethiopian Jewish community, symbolizes the community's reacceptance of the Torah, led by Ezra the Scribe before the construction of the second Jewish temple.
US Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona and his wife, Cindy McCain, address the media as they leave a polling station in Phoenix as Apollo, a dog owned by McCain's son Jimmy, licks the camera.
Distributing house-and-garden microplots as part of flood recovery would help Pakistan's landless poor build better lives for themselves, and fend off Taliban recruiters who prey on their grievances.
President Obama will visit India next month. But his staff may have taken a trip to the Golden Temple off the agenda as it would involve wearing head gear, possibly furthering speculation that he is Muslim.