Snapchat’s quiet disclosure of its fundraising  while much of the world was celebrating the new year is typical of a company that has tried to remain as secretive as the self-destructing messages  sent between its tens of millions of users

Snapchat has closed a $486 million (€401.7m) round of funding, the secretive photo-messaging start-up quietly disclosed in a regulatory filing on New (...)

A woman prays for Mohammed Anas, (14), who survived from an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, as he lies on a hospital bed in Peshawar. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, travelled to Afghanistan on Wednesday to seek help in locating the Pakistani Taliban commanders who orc(...)

A soldier from the Pakistan Rangers gestures to stop members of the media while walking with supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), during Revolution March towards the prime minister’s house in Islamabad today. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister’s house in central Islamabad today in their bid to force his removal, and closed down nationa(...)

Supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahirul Qadri eats salt and splash water on their faces to avoid tear gas effects during clashes with police following an anti-government protest in Islamabad yesterday. Photograph: EPA/T Mughal

Demonstrators armed with wooden clubs and wire- cutters tried to storm the official residence of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, yesterday(...)

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan speaks to supporters during a mass anti-government protest for the seventh day in Islamabad today. Thousands of protesters have besieged Pakistan’s parliament in a bid to overthrow the government. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA

An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif said today that talks with the government h(...)

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani-Canadian cleric, take a nap during a sit-in protest for the sixth day in Islamabad, Pakistan today. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA.

Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament today after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out. Prime (...)

Former cricket star and opposition leader Imran Khan speaks to supporters in Islamabad. Mr Khan says prime minister Nawaz Sharif rigged last year’s elections to secure his landslide win. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA

Thousands of protesters marched to the Pakistani parliament yesterday as part of a bid to force the prime minister to resign, using a crane and bolt (...)

Imran Khan smiles to supporters after his speech during the fourth day of the ‘freedom march’ in Islamabad yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistani politician Imran Khan has called on thousands of anti-government protesters to stop paying taxes and to practise civil disobedience until pr(...)

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri, a Pakistani-Canadian cleric, attending a protest march to Islamabad, in Lahore, yesterday. Anti-government protests are calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down. Photograph: Rahat Dar/EPA

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters began a march to the Pakistani capital Islamabad yesterday, raising fears for political stability and (...)

A bereaved relative of an Airport Security Force soldier who was killed in Sunday’s Taliban attack on Jinnah International Airport is comforted at funeral prayers in Karachi. Photograph: Athar Hussain

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a brazen attack on the country’s busiest civilian airport by a squad of 10 heavily armed gunme(...)