- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) - President Barack Obama and Turkish President Abdullah Gul are expressing their condolences for victims of an early morning earthquake in Italy.

At least 50 people were killed in the quake near a medieval city northeast of Rome and many more are trapped in rubble. Thousands are homeless.

During a news conference in Ankara with Obama, President Gul said Turkey shares the sorrow of the Italian people. And as rescue crews claw through the debris of fallen homes, Obama says he hopes officials can minimize the damages.

The Italian Interior minister says the death toll is likely to rise.

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