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Americans Jailed After Failed Coup in Turkey Are Hostages to Politics

But American officials have appeared powerless to secure their release, and it has become increasingly clear that the detainees are potential bargaining chips in a long-running effort by Turkey to force the American government to extradite Mr. Gulen.Mr. Erdogan himself seemed to confirm the suspicion last month, when he told a gathering of police officers in Ankara that he would hand over an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, once the United States gave him Mr. Gulen.“They say, ‘Give us this certain pastor,’” he said, recounting his meeting with American officials. “You have another pastor in your hands; give him to us,” he railed.If Mr. Gulen were handed over, the president said, he would sort out Mr. Brunson’s judicial case. “Give him to us and we will put yours through the judiciary; we will give him to you,” Mr. Erdogan said.At the same time, Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that the detainees are charged with serious crimes of terrorism and trying to overthrow the state, and that if they are not guilty, the courts will release them in due course.A presidential aide said in a recent interview that the government had been surprised by the scale of the Gulen network, and believed it had infiltrated nearly every major institution of power […]

Otto Warmbier, American Held by North Korea, Is Evacuated in a Coma

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Ranks of Political Prisoners Grow as Democracy Ebbs in Venezuela

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What Is the #PalletsOfCash Debate?

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Christian Bale Attacked by Chinese Guards

The actor was pushed and punch by government-backed guards who prevented him from meeting the noted dissident Chen Guangcheng, who is under house arrest. […]