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    Turkish Court Releases US Pastor

    Andrew Brunson was freed Friday as his three year sentence was suspended for time served. The Presbyterian pastor who had worked at the Izmir Resurrection Church and lived in Turkey for over 20 years, was jailed in 2016, charged with helping to plot a coup against President Recep Erdogan, charges he denied. The U.S. who has maintained Brunson was held unfairly, slapped sanctions on Turkey over the case causing the Turkish lira to crash in August, but Erdogan said he had no sway over it. The release is expected to relieve tensions between the two countries.

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