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Prosecutors have accused US financier Jeffrey Epstein of paying large sums of money to two individuals who could be witnesses in his child sex trafficking case. They said he paid $350,000 to his two suspected co-conspirators in an attempt to influence them. Epstein has pleaded not guilty of all charges and is due in court on Monday.
The US The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the Facebook Cambridge Analytica leaks and will be fining Facebook a record-breaking $5 billion. The investigation centered around whether or not Facebook violated the 2011 agreement that said that they had to ask for consent before sharing user data with any third parties.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has written a scathing letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. In it, he criticized the UN report that highlighted the human rights violations committed by his government, saying it was full of false statements. Maduro went on to demand the correction of all "errors" in the report.
Scientists from Switzerland discovered a new species of dinosaur after unearthing a very well preserved skeleton dating back to the late Triassic period. The species seems to be the first ever theropod, a flesh-eating dinosaur that walks on two hind legs. Scientists have named the new species Notatesseraeraptor frickensis and it is on display at a museum in Frick.
Due to the policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated by 60% since last June. His policies are focused more on economic development than environmental protection. The government has cut the budget of the country's environmental enforcement agency and has allowed logging companies to take control of large plots of land in the forest.
On Tuesday, the State Bank of Pakistan announced that its monetary policy would be released on Tuesday, July 16. The Monetary Policy Committee of the SBP is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the SBP Head Office Karachi to decide on the policy after which Dr Reza Baqir will unveil the decision at a 4PM press conference.
Despite the IHC's decision to remove judge Arshad Malik, lawyers think his removal will not impact the judgements against former PM Nawaz Sharif. Judge Arshad Malik clarified to the IHC in a letter that the video was edited against him. PMLN VP Maryam Nawaz took to Twitter after the leak and called for the verdict against her father to be removed.
On Friday, police claimed to have killed 2 terrorists in a shootout that also killed 2 police officers and injured 5 others. The DPO revealed that the raised occured in Maroba, Garro and Qamar Mela areas of Nizampur in district Nowshera. The shootout occurred after the suspects saw the police and started firing in an attempt to flee.
During an operation into Punjab jails, 7364 mobile phones were recovered from prisoners. Additionally, 2,271 sim cards and 1,627 chargers were also found. The Lahore region topped with 3263 phones being found. Rawalpindi and Faisalabad had 1488 and 1212 respectively. The Punjab government changed 12 jail superintendents across the province last month.
On Saturday, the Islamabad High Court agreed to hear the former PM Nawaz Sharif's plea against Al Aziza on September 18. The IHC will also take up the appeal by NAB against Sharif’s acquittal in the Flagship Investments corruption reference. Verdicts for both were announced by accountability judge Arshad Malik.