Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, center, speaks to the media before the start of his trial in Istanbul, Friday, March 25, 2016. (AP Photo)
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Turkey has protested over the presence and behavior of consuls from EU states at the controversial espionage trial of two journalists, an official said Monday, in an escalating spat between Ankara and its Western allies.A diplomatic source said Turkey objected to comments on social media by some of the diplomats at the trial of the Cumhuriyet daily's editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul.The first day of the trial Friday was attended by top diplomats including the British consul to Istanbul, who published pictures from the court on Twitter.Dundar and Gul are being tried over a story accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government of seeking to illicitly deliver arms bound for Syria.The court on Friday accepted the president and Turkey's intelligence agency as civil plaintiffs in the case.
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