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Turkey's HDP party says 97 dead after Ankara bombings

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) says the death toll in twin bomb attacks on an activists' rally in the capital Ankara has risen to 97.

Earlier today the country's Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu told reporters that 86 people had been killed and 186 wounded, 28 of whom were in intensive care.


Cameron: Lord Howe a 'deep thinker' with 'huge courage'

David Cameron paid tribute to Lord Howe saying he was a "deep thinker" with" huge courage".

The Prime Minister said: "He leaves a great legacy because although he was a quiet and gentle man he was also a deep thinker and had huge courage. And in those early Thatcher Government's he was in many ways the quiet hero."


United States condemns 'heinous terrorist attack in Turkey'

The United States strongly condemns the "heinous terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey," the State Department said in a statement.

Forensic experts examine the scene after the deadly blasts. Credit: Reuters

A spokesman for the National Security Council said: "The fact that this attack occured ahead of a planned rally for peace underscores the depravity of those behind it and serves as another reminder of the need to confront shared security challenges in the region.

"The United States will continue to stand side-by-side with the Turkish Government and people as together we take on the scourge of terrorism.

"Far from deterring these efforts, such horrific acts of violence will only strengthen our resolve."

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