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Obama Calls Nepal's Prime Minister, Offers Help With Earthquake Recovery

04/29/2015 03:30 pm ET | Updated Apr 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke with Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday about U.S. efforts to help the nation recover from its devastating earthquake, the White House said.

Obama told Koirala the United States will do all it can to help the people of Nepal, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

(Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

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