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Turkey: 'Mining execs detained' after disaster kills hundreds

Turkish police have detained 19 people, including mining company executives, as part of an investigation into the Soma mining disaster, Reuters have reported citing Turkish media.

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Hague: 'UK stands ready to support Turkey'

Foreign Secretary William Hague is set to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart in London today, where he is attending international talks on Syria.

The death toll has risen to 274, and 150 workers are still trapped underground in what is the country's worst such disaster.

Mr Hague said he was "deeply saddened to hear the news of the mining disaster in Soma." Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA

Mr Hague said: "I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with all those who are missing, their families, and also the rescue workers working tirelessly to search for survivors of this tragedy.

"The UK stands ready to support Turkey should assistance be required, and I shall discuss this with Turkish foreign minister (Ahmet) Davutoglu at tomorrow's London meeting on Syria."

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