Turkey Death Toll Hits 282

    A miner hugs a relative in front of a coal mine site in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa May 14, 2014. An explosion and fire in the coal mine in Soma killed at least 151 miners and trapped hundreds more on Tuesday, with the death toll expected to rise in the country's worst mining accident for more than two decades. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 workers had been in the mine in Soma, around 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, when the blast occurred.     REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3P0O9

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    The death toll for Turkey’s deadliest mine accident is now at 282 confirmed dead, and no one has been found alive for the past 12 hours. Roughly 150 miners are still unaccounted for. The victims died in an underground fire that is believed to have started after an explosion in the power distribution unit. Just two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s party opposed pleas for a probe of safety practices at the Soma mines. Meanwhile, labor unions across the country are calling for strikes to get better work conditions. When Erdogan visited Soma on Wednesday, he was jeered by the crowd, and a photo caught a man identified as one of his senior aides kicking a demonstrator.

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