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Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

World
An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has denied all allegations, saying that he solely worked as ...
Reports: China warms to improved ties with North Korea, Russia

Reports: China warms to improved ties with North Korea, Russia

World
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to improve ties with the Kim Jong Un regime, according to North Koreastate media Thursday.The missive from Pyongyang comes at a time when China is also stepping up diplomacy with Russia -- a day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed bilateral plans to build a "Silk Road on ice" in Beijing on Wednesday.Russia and China have been North Korea's closest economic partners, although Pyongyang is currently under heavy sanctions, and China may have begun suspending trade with the North.North Korea's KCNA stated the Chinese leader, who has never met with Kim, wanted to help boost "more wonderful happiness" in the two countries while "defending regional peace.""I wish that under the new situation the Chinese side would make efforts...
Airtel Payments Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services

Airtel Payments Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services

Finance
Airtel Payments Bank, which has achieved 10 million customer base since launch, has tied up with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited for enabling all its petrol stations that are typically cash surplus to be used as ATM points for customers of the bank. In order to grow scale and reach a larger customer base which may be unbanked, CEO Shashi Arora tells Gulveen Aulakh that the government should do away with the requirement of filling Form 60 for users who have annual income less than Rs 2 lakh. Q: What is the most innovative feature that you’re doing at Airtel Payments Bank? A: We’re rolling out UPI, and we would reflect in BHIM app as well, for that matter in any UPI enabled app. We’ve got 10 million plus customers, which has given us critical mass, which a new entity like us would