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Suspect fires on U.S. Embassy in Turkey

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/20/18, 12:45 pm

Turkish police have detained a suspect accused of firing six shots at the U.S. Embassy from a moving car early Monday in Ankara. Three of the bullets hit the embassy gate and a reinforced window, but no one was injured. The Turkish government condemned the attack and promised to work to protect foreign diplomats. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the motive for the attack was not immediately clear. The detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey and U.S. economic sanctions on the country have strained relations between the two NATO allies.

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Court rejects Brunson appeal, Trump tweets support

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/17/18, 11:22 am

A state-run Turkish news agency said a higher court in Turkey rejected an appeal Friday for the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, whose detention is a key point of dispute in the tense relationship between the two countries. Anadolu Agency said a high court in Izmir upheld a lower court’s decision earlier this week to keep Brunson under house arrest. President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled the United States could level new sanctions against Turkey over Brunson’s detention, and Turkey said it would reciprocate. U.S.

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Brunson remains the focus of U.S.-Turkey feud

International | The NATO ally retaliates with tariffs while a Turkish court refuses to free the American pastor
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/15/18, 04:18 pm

TURKEY: Ankara raised tariffs on U.S. imports following U.S. sanctions imposed for Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. A Turkish court Wednesday rejected another appeal for Brunson’s release.

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