Getting personal: U.S., Turkish leaders feud over arrest of American pastor

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On Friday, Turkey's battered lira weakened 3 per cent after a Turkish court rejected an American pastor's appeal for release, drawing a stiff rebuke from President Donald Trump, who said the United States would not take the detention "sitting down".

President Trump attacked Turkey Friday over its continued detention of a U.S. Christian pastor saying it had "acted very, very badly".

One of Turkey's high criminal courts has rejected USA pastor Andrew Brunson's request to be released from house arrest and permitted to travel overseas, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolou news agency.

The U.S. says it may impose more sanctions against Turkey, as the diplomatic rift between the two countries deepens.

Brunson is accused of backing a 2016 coup attempt against Mr Erdogan, which Brunson denies.

"They made up this phoney charge that he's a spy", Trump said.

Brunson has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. Brunson is now on trial and held on house arrest, with few indications that Turkish officials intend to comply with the demands - despite the bullying attempt with USA sanctions that were leveled against them two weeks ago.

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The Turkish government has also complained about what it calls us support for Kurdish rebel groups fighting in northern Syria, and it has condemned the USA refusal to extradite the Pennsylvania-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey has accused of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt.

Wall Street stocks finished higher on increased hopes of a resolution of the US-China trade impasse, while European stocks were pressured by worries over Turkey. "We see your game and we challenge it", Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's sixth ordinary congress in the capital Ankara.

Turkey retaliated with 533 million dollars (£419 million) of tariffs on some United States imports - including cars, tobacco and alcoholic drinks - and said it would boycott U.S. electronic goods.

At 1256GMT the currency stood at 6.1050 to the dollar, almost five per cent weaker.

The threat comes as Turkey sought to reassure investors rattled by the sanctions-fueled crash of the Turkish lira, insisting the country would emerge stronger.

Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of global investors on a conference call on Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles. They came out. They want to hold our wonderful pastor.

The pastor was released for house arrest on July 25. A senior Turkish official, asked about the case, said that the judiciary is independent and the verdict is up to the courts. "Similarly, there has been no improvement in relations with the US and additional sanctions may be on the horizon".

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