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100 dead from suspected tainted heart medicine in Pakistan

At least 100 people have died after taking what officials suspect may have been tainted heart medicine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

(CNN) Islamabad - The government of Punjab province has sealed the pharmaceutical factory believed to have manufactured the medicine.

"The medicine may be contaminated with some heavy metal which created an adverse drug reaction," said Dr. Javed Akram, the doctor leading the investigation into the deaths.

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War In Ukraine, Day 105: Angela Merkel Defends Her Handling Of Putin

In her first interview since the end of her 16 years as German Chancellor, Merkel said she had "nothing to apologize for." Asked why she had opposed plans for NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia in 2008. “Ukraine was not the country that we know now."

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin meet last August

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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her track record in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying she “has nothing to apologize for,” during her first public appearance since leaving office six months ago.

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In a public interview Tuesday night with Der Spiegel in Berlin, Merkel was asked about her government’s opposition of a U.S.-led plan for NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia in 2008. The Chancellor said she did not regret the decision. “Ukraine was not the country that we know now. It was a Ukraine that was very split” and “ruled by oligarchs at the time.”

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