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4. U.S. lifting Turkey sanctions after release of Andrew Brunson

President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The U.S. is lifting sanctions it imposed on two Turkish officials earlier this year, after Turkey released American pastor Andrew Brunson, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: Brunson was released back to the U.S. in October, after being detained in Turkey for two years.

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