Obama speaks to Australia PM about hostage crisis

December 17, 2014 1:08 PM

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President Obama spoke by phone Tuesday night with Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott about this week's hostage crisis in Sydney, pledging any and all American assistance, aides said.

Obama "expressed condolences on behalf of the American people to the families that lost loved ones, and his wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured," the White House said in a statement. "He conveyed admiration for the strength, resilience, and compassion of the Australian people and ...

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