Obama expresses sorrow over Turkey coal mine fire

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering America's condolences to the people of Turkey as they mourn the deaths of scores of people in a mining accident.

The White House says Obama telephoned Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Friday to say that the American people's prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who are suffering from the country's worst mining accident.

Obama also told Gul the U.S. is ready to provide any assistance to its friend and NATO ally to help those who were affected by the disaster.

Turkish authorities say more than 280 people died in a coal mine fire Tuesday in the town of Soma, in western Turkey.

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