In Turk­ish court, US pas­tor de­nies ter­ror links, spy­ing

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - MARK BRYANT/PHILADEL­PHIA INQUIRER VIA AP

ALIAGA, Tur­key – An Amer­i­can pas­tor on Mon­day de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions that he aided ter­ror groups or spied against Tur­key, speak­ing at the be­gin­ning of his trial in a case that has strained ties be­tween Tur­key and the United States.

An­drew Craig Brun­son, a 50-yearold evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of “com­mit­ting crimes on be­half of ter­ror groups with­out be­ing a mem­ber” and “es­pi­onage.”

Asa Khalif, left, protests Sun­day at a Philadel­phia Star­bucks de­mand­ing the fir­ing of the man­ager who called po­lice on two black men Thurs­day.

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