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    Turkey Seeks New Friends Amid Row With US

    Even after the Turkish lira shriveled following a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose sanctions, Ankara isn’t backing down. Courts have so far refused to allow American pastor Andrew Brunson, held on terror charges, to leave the country. That prompted Trump to vow Thursday to double down on punitive tariffs. And as fears of damaging global economic repercussions grow, oil-rich Qatar has pledged $15 billion to support Turkey, which is now appealing to estranged European leaders — who are themselves alienated by American confrontation.

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