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Kim Kardashian in a Tiff With Azerbaijan

Ambassador doesn't think she should weigh in on Armenia conflict

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian has gotten herself into a series of spats lately, and the latest is with Azerbaijan. Kardashian, who has Armenian heritage , posted an image to Instagram this week showing military helicopters and tanks with the Armenian flag flying, along with the message, "Praying for everyone in Armenia and... More »

100 Years Later, Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

But certain countries—notably Turkey and the US—still won't call it 'genocide'

(Newser) - Turkey may not recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide , but other world leaders do and are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the massacre today, the BBC reports. "We will never forget the tragedies that your people have endured," French President Francois Hollande... More »

Furious With Francis, Turkey Yanks Ambassador

After pope labeled Armenian genocide a genocide

(Newser) - Pope Francis today lamented the deaths a century ago of some 1.5 million Armenians as one of "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" that struck the last century, reports the BBC , and the AP adds that Turkey wasted little time in yanking its ambassador to the Vatican after the... More »

Ancients 'Predicted the Future' With ... Flour?

Archaeologists uncover three shrines on Armenian hilltop

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered three ancient shrines where diviners apparently tried seeing the future with animal bones, small pebbles, or flour baked into little bread rolls, LiveScience reports. Ensconced in an Armenian fortress, the roughly 3,300-year-old shrines found between 2003 and 2011 each have a room containing a clay basin... More »

Mom Denies Abandoning Down Syndrome Baby

She says she made 'ruthless decision' for his best interests

(Newser) - An Armenian woman whose husband made headlines with his refusal to give up their newborn with Down syndrome disputes his version of events—though she admits she had to make "the most ruthless decision in my life" hours after baby Leo was born. In a Facebook post , Ruzan Badalyan... More »

Dad Refuses to Give Up Baby With Down Syndrome

He says wife told him to choose between newborn and her

(Newser) - When he discovered his newborn son had Down syndrome, a New Zealand man living in Armenia was horrified not by the condition, but by the assumption that he wouldn't want to keep little Leo. When the boy was born, "the doctor came out, he said, 'There's... More »

Iran Trying to Skirt Sanctions —Via Armenia

Meanwhile, it unveils new ballistic missile 'as deterrence'

(Newser) - Armenia is a tiny landlocked country, home to just 3.3 million people, but it's suddenly squarely in the middle of one of the world's biggest dramas. Iran is aggressively trying to expand its foothold in Armenian banks, in an effort to evade international sanctions, Reuters reports. Armenia... More »

France Making It a Crime to Deny Armenian Genocide

Turkey expected to withdraw ambassador

(Newser) - If you are in France and deny that Turkey committed "genocide" against 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-1916, be prepared to be fined $57,000 and spend a year in jail. Actually, the new legislation applies to genocide denial in general, but it is the law's application to... More »

75-Year-Old Brings Down Internet in Two Countries

Woman was scavenging for metal when she came upon fiber-optic cable

(Newser) - Say it with me: Seriously? A 75-year-old woman single-handedly brought down the internet in Georgia and neighboring Armenia for several hours on March 28. The senior citizen was apparently digging for scrap metal when she came upon the fiber-optic cable and "cut it to with a view to stealing... More »

In Armenian Cave, Ancient Evidence of Winemaking

Turns out we loved our wine at least 6,100 years ago

(Newser) - Uncork a bottle of Pinot Noir and toast the wonders of archaeology: Scientists have reportedly discovered a 6,100-year-old winemaking operation—the oldest ever. Found in an Armenian cave where the oldest-known leather shoe was recently discovered, the "fairly large-scale operation" consists of a fermentation vat, a press, storage... More »

Obama Must Unleash Hillary

Campaign feud gets in the way of foreign policy

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton visited Armenia last week, trying to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh disagreement and resolve the country's dispute with Turkey over the massacres of 1915. “You’ve got to salute Hillary,” writes Roger Cohen of the New York Times . “It’s a heck of a job being secretary... More »

168 Dead in Iran Plane Crash

(Newser) - A Russian-made passenger plane traveling from Tehran to the Armenian capital of Yerevan crashed in northwest Iran today, killing all 168 people aboard, Iranian state media reports. Television footage showed the smoking wreckage of the plane, and one official said it burst into flames while still airborne. A representative from... More »

US Armenians Slam Obama Over Genocide

(Newser) - US Armenians criticized President Obama today for refusing to acknowledge the Armenian genocide while visiting Turkey, Politico reports. Obama “missed a valuable opportunity to honor" a campaign pledge, said one advocate, after Obama mentioned “the terrible events of 1915” but avoided saying whether he had pressed Turkey's president... More »

Obama in Turkey: US Not at War With Islam

(Newser) - President Obama addressed the Turkish parliament today, and used the opportunity to extend an olive branch to the Muslim world, the New York Times reports. “The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam,” said Obama. “America’s relationship with the Muslim world... More »

Obama Touts Turkey Ties, Parries Genocide Issue

(Newser) - Barack Obama reaffirmed the strength of US-Turkish ties at a press conference in Ankara this morning, touting Turkey as a nation with “similar principles” to the US, and asking for its help in ending the Iraq war. But things got awkward when talk turned to Armenian genocide, which Obama... More »

Not Scared of TB? You Should Be

Resistant strain could ravage the world, and we're not ready

(Newser) - "Global complacency" could give rise to a terrifying, drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times—and not in some remote outpost on the globe. There have been fewer than 100 cases of this XDR-TB in the past 15 years in the US, but with... More »

8 Die in Armenia; US Urges Calm

Opposition leader asks protesters to lie low until emergency rule ends

(Newser) - Troops patrolled quiet downtown Yerevan today after police fired back at thousands of protesters this weekend and killed eight, Reuters reports. Authorities have declared emergency rule and outlawed mass meetings for the next 3 weeks. "We won't give up, we will be fighting to the very end," said... More »

Armenia Attacks Protesters

Country declares emergency rule, kills 1 as rallies rage for 2nd week

(Newser) - Armenian cops fired on a crowd of protesters today and killed at least one as the country declared emergency rule, Reuters reports. Protests have raged daily since a Feb. 19 presidential election that opponents say was rigged for ex-premier Serzh Sarksyan. Police are holding opposition hopeful Levon Ter-Petrosian under house... More »

Backers Delay Genocide Vote

Turkish tensions scares off support

(Newser) - The four primary sponsors of the House resolution to label the 1915 killings of Armenians in Turkey as genocide have withdrawn support, formally asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay voting on the measure, the AP reports. Enthusiasm for the resolution withered after Turkey withdrew its US ambassador and threatened to... More »

Pelosi Vows to Push Turkish Genocide Vote

She ignores knocks from Turks, GOP, as Turkey fires shells into Kurdish villages

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi vows to take the Turkey-genocide vote to the floor despite renewed Turkish threats and Republican jabs, the New York Times reports. Turkey’s army chief warned today that “military relations with the United States can never be the same" if the vote passes. GOP lawmaker John Boehner... More »

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