Pakistan

Arts, Culture & Media

'Thank you so much for giving us Muslims the freedom to take our giant cumbersome clocks to school'

Pakistani comedian Danish Ali wants to thank everyone for making it finally OK for Muslims to take their clocks with them wherever they go. His video riffing on the reaction to 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed's arrest in Texas has reached about a half-million people and Ali hopes it will poke and prod the conversation about identity forward.

Global Scan

This artist is taking snow angels to an extreme

Call it snowshoe art or perhaps folly in the freezing cold, but it takes imagination to create patterns that you can only see from a distance. And Alan Turing, the father of computer science, gets a posthumous pardon from Britain. Pakistan's long experiment in natural-gas cars is crashing. We also explore why Muslims and Jews are celebrating Christmas, and more, in today's Global Scan.

Politics

Geo answer

For our GEO QUIZ today we're looking for the STANS; seven countries that end with the suffix ?stan.? Anchor Jeb Sharp tells us about an EIGHTH ?stan? that can't be found on a map. It's an idealized world created by Lebanese businessman Michel Eleftriades.

Conflict & Justice

Predator strikes in Pakistan

A US drone fired two missiles in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, killing four militants. The area is a known haven for al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but Pakistan has publicly criticized drone attacks. Marco Werman talks with author Ahmed Rashid.