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Death toll of weekend bombing in Turkey reaches 50

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The mother of 22-year-old Ayten Calim mourns during her funeral in the town of Reyhanli in Hatay province, Turkey, near the Turkish-Syrian border on May 14. Calim was one of around 50 people to have been killed by two bomb attacks in Reyhanli over the weekend.

By Nick Tattersall, Reuters

Turkey's prime minister will push President Barack Obama for more assertive action on Syria during a visit to Washington this week, days after car bombs tore through a Turkish border town in the deadliest spillover of violence yet.

The bombings in Reyhanli, which killed 50 people on Saturday, and activists' reports of a massacre of Sunni Muslims in a Syrian coastal town have incensed Tayyip Erdogan, already critical of the slow international response to the conflict. Read the full story.

 

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Relatives cover the body of 22-year-old Ayten Calim with a Muslim prayer rug and her wedding dress as they lower her into a grave in the town of Reyhanli in Hatay province, Turkey, near the Turkish-Syrian border on May 14.

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People stand in a damaged building on May 14, at Reyhanli in Hatay, Turkey, just a few miles from the main border crossing into Syria. The death toll in twin car bombings in a Turkish town near the Syrian border has increased to 50 after another body was recovered and a victim died in hospital, the health minister was quoted as saying on May 14. The attacks also provoked a backlash against the nearly 400,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. Government officials have repeatedly warned against provocations and said Turkey will maintain its open-door policy for Syrians fleeing the regime's crackdown.

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A man works in a damaged building on May 14 at Reyhanli in Hatay, Turkey, just a few miles from the main border crossing into Syria.

 

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