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Germany Genocide Vote Infuriates Turkey

Yanking ambassador is just the first step, Erdogan says

(Newser) - The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The motion passed with support from all the parties in Parliament, with one abstention and one vote... More »

Unlike Pope, Obama Won't Use the G-Word

Calling Armenian genocide a genocide isn't 'in the interest of all parties'

(Newser) - President Obama vowed to refer to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide while campaigning in 2008. Since then, he hasn't done so once and won't break from tradition on Friday with a statement marking the 100th anniversary... 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 »

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 »

Armenian-Americans Sue Turkey Over Century-Old Slaughter

Class action suit seeks billions in compensation

(Newser) - The Turkish government and two big Turkish banks are being sued by the American descendants of Armenians who were killed or forced out of Turkey between 1915 and 1919. The class action lawsuit filed in federal court in California charges that Turkish officials are responsible for the deaths of more... More »

Turkey Recalls Ambassador to US

Move follows House panel's declaration of genocide in Armenia

(Newser) - Turkey is recalling its ambassador to the US following a resolution declaring the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I to be genocide. The move came minutes after the House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the nonbinding resolution with a 23-22 vote, even though the... 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 »

Turkish Thinkers Sorry for Armenian 'Catastrophe'

(Newser) - A group of about 200 Turkish intellectuals today issued an apology on the Internet for the World War I-era massacres of Armenians in Turkey, the AP reports. The group of prominent academics, journalists, writers and artists avoided using the contentious term "genocide" in the apology, using the less explosive... More »

16 Arrested in Plot to Kill Turkish Laureate

Journalist, party leader involved in plan to murder writer Pamuk

(Newser) - A nationalist party leader, a veteran journalist, and a top academic have been arrested over a plan to kill dissident Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. The leader of the Workers’ Party and former rector of Istanbul University, along with a general, and retired colonel, are among 16 who were detained over... 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 »

Armenian Genocide Vote Withering in Turkish Heat

Pols backing off to avoid angering key ally

(Newser) - Members of Congress are backing off a resolution that would classify Turkish purges of Armenians as genocide. The bill's approval by a committee last week infuriated the Turks, who called home their ambassador and have threatened to forbid US military use of Turkish airspace and bases to support Iraqi operations... More »

US Envoys Try to Soothe Angry Turks

Upset over rebel strikes, Turkey may attack Kurdish Iraq

(Newser) - Two US envoys flew to Ankara today to urge Turkey not to strike back against Kurdish militants, the BBC reports. Relations between the NATO allies remain strained after US lawmakers accused Turkey this week of waging a WWI-era genocide campaign against Armenians. Turkey reacted by recalling its ambassador from Washington. More »

Turkey Recalls Its Top US Envoy

Fallout continues from vote on Armenian genocide

(Newser) - Turkey temporarily recalled its ambassador to the US today, the latest sign of strain in relations between Washington and Ankara. Tensions are high after the House Foreign Affairs Committee's resolution to term as genocide the death of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-17, Reuters reports. "It should not be... More »

Turkey Enraged by Genocide Bill

NATO ally says 'political games' will greatly injure relations

(Newser) - Turkey erupted today over a US bill that would officially recognize the 1915-1917 mass killings of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey as genocide. Turkey’s president said the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which passed the resolution 27-21, “sought to sacrifice big problems for small domestic political games.”... More »

Over Bush Objections, House Panel OKs Armenia Bill

Resolution calls Turkey killings 'genocide'

(Newser) - A House committee today approved a resolution calling World War I-era killings of Armenians by the Turkish government "genocide," despite warnings from the White House and an intense lobbying effort by Turkey. The resolution is largely symbolic, the New York Times reported, but its passage by the full... More »

Armenia Measure Puts White House, Turkey on Edge

House bill would term WWI killings 'genocide'

(Newser) - A bill to term the World War I-era deaths of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Turkish government "genocide" is winning support in Congress—making the White House squirm and Turkey fume, the Washington Post reports. President Bush and eight former Secretaries of State have warned... More »

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