Persecution
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Pompeo presses Turkey for Brunson’s release

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/03/18, 11:59 am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday for the release of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson. The two met on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian security conference in Singapore, two days after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the case.

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Trump administration sanctions Turkish officials over Brunson case

by Mickey McLean
Posted 8/01/18, 02:10 pm

UPDATE: The White House announced Wednesday that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over the NATO ally’s refusal to release American pastor Andrew Brunson. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration will sanction Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, both of whom played major roles in the arrest and detention of Brunson, who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges.

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Minding the victims

Persecution | Trump officials highlight religious freedom—and have work to do
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/01/18, 12:14 am

Nadia Murad moved quietly, almost invisibly through the crowd in Remembrance Hall at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. In a sea of heels and pencil skirts, she wore a khaki jacket over a black T-shirt and pants, her dark hair loosely pulled back.

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