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The mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One remains a highly sensitive issue.

Kew: Time for Trump to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

People around the world paused to commemorate Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on Tuesday, a remembrance of the more than 1.5 million Armenians who were systematically exterminated between 1915 and 1923 under the Ottoman Empire.

Demonstrators with banners of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather outsidethe Turkish consulate to welcome the Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who decided to travel to Rotterdam by land after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's flight was barred from landing by the Dutch government, in Rotterdam, Netherlands March …

Turkey Suspends High-Level Relations with Netherlands

Turkey halted high level relations with the Netherlands on Monday, citing the Dutch government’s barring of Turkish politicians from holding rallies ahead of a referendum on a new constitution.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of parliament during a debate at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, on November 13, 2009. Turkey's parliament is set to discuss details of a plan to give wider rights to Kurds, including allowing them to restore Kurdish names to their towns. …

Turkey to Begin Debating New Erdogan Powers

Turkey’s parliament on Monday begins debating a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that is expected to be put to a referendum by the spring.

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Iraqi PM Declines Turkish Offer to Help in Mosul Battle

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a decision that could rile Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

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Bulgaria Seeks Allies To Defend Against Turkish Invasion of Europe

One of Bulgaria’s top businessmen has called for Balkan countries to form a union to defend against a potential Turkish invasion of Europe. Vasil Vasilev said that the supposedly “tolerant” and “solidarity”-loving European Union (EU) could not be relied on to protect the Balkans if “hundreds of thousands of so-called refugees” from Turkey descend on them.

Local and foreign visitors, with the Byzantine-era monument of Hagia Sophia in the background, stroll at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul August 23, 2013. REUTERS/MURAD SEZER

Christians Outraged as Muslim Turks Use Hagia Sophia for Ramadan Prayers

The Turkish government is permitting the use of the Hagia Sophia, a Greek Orthodox basilica until the conquest of Constantinople in the Fifteenth Century, for Islamic Ramadan prayers throughout the month, a move Greek officials are decrying as “retrograde” and disrespectful.

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Here’s Why Israel Must Never Give Up The Golan Heights

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not been in full control of his country since the Syrian uprising began in 2011. The dictator has been having trouble securing territory from the Islamic State and the witches brew of moderate and extremist rebels that have set up strongholds throughout the country.

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Rare 150-Year-Old Jerusalem Maps Sell For NIS 13,000 At Auction

The Jerusalem Post reports: Rare, 150-year-old maps of Jerusalem from a British Army operative during the Ottoman Empire, constituting “the basis for the modern understanding and recognition of Jerusalem,” were sold at auction on Sunday for NIS 13,000. The maps in

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Turkey: Women’s Library Going Digital in Nation Increasingly Hostile to Women

Turkey’s Women’s Library and Information Center Foundation plans to celebrate their 25th anniversary by preserving their priceless collection digitally. Organizers say the promotion of women’s arts is pivotal in a country with an alarming, and growing, problem of violence against women.

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Armenian Families Refuse to Return to Kobane After Second ISIS Assault

Armenian families who fled Kobane, Syria, do not plan to return home even though the Kurdish army successfully defeated the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). “There were only eight families left before the ISIL attack [in October 2014],” explained Agop Tomasyon. “All of these families left Kobane after the attack.”

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World View: Terror Attacks in Kuwait, France, Somalia and Tunisia Highlight Growing Sectarian War

Contents: Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab launches massive terrorist attack in Somalia; ISIS-linked terrorists attack Shia mosque in Kuwait City, killing 27; France in shock after beheading and attack at US-owned factory; Terrorist gunman creates bloodbath in Tunisia, killing 37; Analysis of Friday’s four terror attacks; China’s stock markets continue their free-fall

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Statue of Selfie-Taking Ottoman Prince Vandalized

A statue of an Ottoman prince taking a selfie in the Turkish city of Amasya has become both a major tourist attraction and the victim of multiple vandalizations, as residents and tourists alike differ on whether the artwork is a fun homage to the city’s history or a vulgar commercialization of Turkish culture.

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Obama’s Failure to Recognize Armenian Genocide Abandons Modern Middle East Christians

On April 24, 1915 the Ottoman Turkish leaders ordered the arrest of hundreds of notable Armenians in Istanbul and launched the systematic annihilation of Armenian as well as Assyrian Christians within the empire’s borders and throughout the Middle East. This day would become known as “Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day,” and a century later is the center of a persistent geopolitical controversy.

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100 Years: Armenians Plan Business Closures to Remember Genocide

LOS ANGELES, California — Friday will mark the centennial of the start of the Armenian genocide, in which nearly 1.5 million Armenians were massacred at the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. A host of businesses will be closing in the area in observance of the anniversary. A march through Los Angeles has also been planned.

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‘Endangered Species’: Christianity at the Brink of Extinction in Turkey

The Christian population of Turkey is evaporating rapidly. The nation, a NATO member since 1952, has experienced a reduction in its Christian population from 20% 100 years ago to only 0.2% today. The latest blow in the community occurred at the Hagia Sophia during Easter holy week.

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Turkey Calls EU and Pope’s Recognition of Armenian Genocide an ‘Evil Front’

The Armenian genocide is a very sensitive subject with Turkey, as it prefers to think of that horrendous century-old bloodbath as a military clash with the Ottoman Empire, which the Armenians lost very badly–badly enough to kill about 1.5 million of the 2 million Christian Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire at the time, to be specific.

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France: Sarkozy Party Accused of Plagiarizing Assyrian Genocide Bill

The French UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) Party is facing controversy following the discovery that a large part of a bill presented to the French legislature in remembrance of the Armenian genocide was plagiarized from Wikipedia. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a member of the UMP.