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France says stop boycott calls; Erdogan ups Macron insults

Turkey Macron protests

Paris, FranceAP French authorities denounced Turkish “propaganda” against France that they said was aimed at fanning hate at home and abroad, and asked Sunday that calls to boycott French products cease immediately, saying such attacks were the work of a “radical minority”.  Meanwhile, the President of Turkey took a second insulting swipe at French President […]

Andrew Brunson’s legal appeal sent to Turkey’s highest court

Andrew Brunson 2018

World Watch Monitor Jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson’s lawyer has filed a formal appeal before the Turkish Constitutional Court to overturn two lower court refusals to release his client from house arrest. The 10 page petition studied by World Watch Monitor called for “urgent” and “corrective” action by Turkey’s highest court to set free the […]

Turkey replaces prosecutor who indicted US pastor Brunson

Andrew Brunson 2018

World Watch Monitor At the outset last week of Turkey’s new judicial year, the Izmir prosecutor who prepared the controversial indictment accusing US pastor Andrew Brunson of terrorism and espionage was reassigned to another bureau. Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul dismissed the transfer simply as a “routine procedure”with no particular significance, referring to Turkey’s common practice of […]

In depth – Hidden agendas cloak Turkish-US feud over jailed pastor

Andrew Brunson

World Watch Monitor On the eve of the week-long Muslim festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused US President Donald Trump of not wanting to solve his country’s disagreements with the United States over jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson. “It seems that they do not want to solve these problems, […]

Could Brunson’s release ease Turkey’s diplomatic standoff with the US?


World Watch Monitor After the slipping Turkish lira nosedived dramatically on Monday, losing a record five per cent of its value in one day, unnamed Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed to CNNTURK on Tuesday that a government delegation from Ankara is heading to Washington within two days to discuss escalating tensions between Turkey and the United […]

Trump administration sanctions Turkish officials it says helped detain US pastor

Brunson sanctions

RNS The Trump administration has sanctioned two high-level officials in Turkey for what it says is their role in the case of US pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism-related charges. “At the President’s direction, the Department of Treasury is sanctioning Turkey’s Minister of Justice and Minister of the Interior, both of whom played leading roles in the arrest and […]

Hopes dashed for release of pastor Andrew Brunson as Turkish trial to continue in October

Andrew Brunson 2018

World Watch Monitor Hopes were dashed for the imminent release of an American pastor jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges as a Turkish court on Wednesday ordered him to remain behind bars. The court scheduled Andrew Brunson’s next hearing for 12th October. Pastor Andrew Brunson, pictured in January. Some observers had believed that Turkey might […]