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US embassy staffer espionage trial resumes in Turkey

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ISTANBUL: A US embassy staffer denied espionage charges as his trial resumed in Istanbul on Wednesday — part of a growing rift between Washington and Ankara.

Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen and liaison for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was arrested in 2017.

He was accused of contacts with police and a prosecutor suspected of ties to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says ordered an attempted coup in 2016.

Topuz has denied all allegations against him and told the court on Monday that all his contacts were “part of my job”.

“I am not a decision maker. I have done what I was ordered to do” by my boss at the DEA, he said.

His defence lawyer presented a list of his phone calls with police, saying they were entirely work-related.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quetta, militants carry out fatal blast at Rehmania Mosque

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QUETTA: Rehmania Mosque here in the Pashtoonabad area has been bombed by militants today during Juma prayers. As a result, the Imam and one namazi died while fifteen others got injured.

The wounded, four critically, are presently being treated at Civil Hospital, while LEAs, who have cordoned off the area, are investigating to figure out the nature of the blast.

Sources privy to NPTV have informed that the blast was caused by detonating 2.5kgs of explosives hidden in the Mehrab of the mosque. No militant outfit has claimed the responsibility yet. 

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Opioid Crisis: JPMorgan cuts ties with Purdue Pharma

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NEW YORK: JPMorgan Chase cut ties with American pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma over its alleged involvement in the US opioid addiction epidemic, a source close to the matter said Thursday.
JPMorgan informed the drug manufacturer it would need to find a new bank to carry out JPMorgan’s current responsibilities, which include cash flow management and invoices.
The decision was made in order to prevent any damage to JPMorgan’s reputation over to its involvement with Purdue, the source added.
Purdue became a dominant force in the pharmaceutical industry largely due to the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin.
There are hundreds of lawsuits in various states against both Purdue and its owner the Sackler family, who are accused of pushing for the prescription of OxyContin despite knowing how addictive it is.

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One killed as groups clash in Rawalpindi

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RAWALPINDI: A person was killed and two others injured in the exchange of firing between two groups in the jurisdiction of Police Station (PS) Waris Khan here Thursday.

According to police, the two groups clashed in the area of Chttian Hattain. Members of Arshad alias Fouji group opened indiscriminate firing killing Zaheer alias Kalu and injuring Faisal and Waheed.

The injured were shifted to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH). A police official confirmed that Arshad alias Fauji was also wanted by the police.

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