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  1. Turkish Tragedy Reminds World of Mining Dangers 

    The death toll from Turkey’s worst-ever mining accident has risen to 301. The last bodies were removed on Saturday afternoon, and authorities now believe they have recovered all of the victims. On Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said that 16 people had been detained in connection with the tragedy. The operating firm has denied wrongdoing, but Turkey — the seventh-largest producer of coal in the world — is well known as one of the world’s most dangerous mining locations. Protests erupted nationwide in response, and many criticized Erdogan for telling mourners, “These types of incidents are ordinary things.” 

    Sources: BBC, Quartz, The Guardian, NYT

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