Turkey Denies Another Appeal to Free US Pastor

Diplomatic standoff intensifies after third such rejection

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Turkey on Friday threatened to respond in kind if Washington imposed further sanctions over the detention of an American pastor which has sparked a diplomatic standoff and battered the Turkish currency.

A Turkish court on Friday turned down another appeal to free the pastor in the third such rejection, his lawyer said.

As Ankara sought to reassure markets after the lira went into a tailspin over the deepening spat, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned more sanctions would be on the way until Andrew Brunson was released.

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