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Armenians to mark genocide centenary as Turkey dispute rages on

Yerevan - Armenians prepare to commemorate a hundred years since 1.5 million of their kin were massacred by Ottoman forces, as a fierce dispute still rages with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to recognise the mass murder as genocide.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader

Nicosia - Voters in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) went to the polls on Sunday to elect their new leader from seven candidates including incumbent Dervis Eroglu.

Armenians to mark 'genocide' centenary as Turkey dispute rages on

Yerevan - Armenians prepare to commemorate a hundred years since 1.5 million of their kin were massacred by Ottoman forces, as a fierce dispute still rages with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to recognise the mass murder as genocide.

Turkey's Kurdish party headquarters attacked, no casualties

Ankara - Unidentified assailants opened fire early Saturday on Turkey's main Kurdish party headquarters in the capital Ankara, raising tensions ahead of legislative elections in June, but with no casualties reported.

In U.S., Armenian youths marked by WWI mass killings

Los Angeles - Edward Papikian, a high school student at the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, says he thinks every day about his forefathers who were slain by Ottoman forces in 1915.

Discreet but proud: The Armenians of Istanbul

Istanbul - Yasmin Rostomyan makes no big outward show of her origins but works daily to keep her Armenian heritage alive and preserve it for the future in modern Turkey."Turkey is my country, I do not want to leave," she says.

Turkey stirs trouble with calendar clash on genocide day

Istanbul - Turkey is hosting commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli a day earlier than the actual start of fighting, drawing bitter accusations it is trying to overshadow ceremonies remembering the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman fo...

Turkish PM says genocide recognition is 'European racism'

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday angrily condemned the European Parliament for adopting a resolution urging Turkey to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, saying it was a sign of growing "racism" i...

Isolated north Cyprus counts on Turkey for economic survival

Nicosia - Recognised only by Ankara, the tiny Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus heads to the polls on Sunday with its economy suffering from international isolation and surviving mainly thanks to Turkey's largesse.

Turkey PM's Armenian aide steps down amid genocide row

Ankara - The Turkish government on Thursday said a Turkish-Armenian advisor to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutogou had "retired", days after he caused a furore within the ruling party for describing the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire as genocid...

'I am not a murderer', says charged Turkey mine chief

Akhisar - The chief executive of the mine where 301 miners died in 2014 in Turkey's deadliest industrial accident on Thursday insisted he was not a murderer and said he was still struggling to understand the causes of the tragedy.

Turkey PM kicks off ruling party's poll campaign

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday kicked off his ruling party's campaign for June 7 legislative elections, vowing to change the constitution in order to create a presidential system.

EU parliament urges Turkey to recognise 'Armenian genocide'

Brussels - The European Parliament on Wednesday urged Turkey to use the centenary of Ottoman-era massacres to "recognise the Armenian genocide" and help promote reconciliation between the two peoples.

Turkey vows to ignore any EU parliament genocide resolution

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday warned the European Parliament it would ignore any resolution calling on Ankara to recognise the 1915 killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide.

Turkey mine chiefs on trial over Soma tragedy

Akhisar - Eight former managers from the mine where Turkey's worst industrial disaster occurred in May 2014 appeared in court Wednesday on murder charges, with prosecutors demanding they spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Erdogan angry over pope's genocide 'mistake'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed anger over the pope's use of the word genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians in World War I, saying such talk was nonsense and the pontiff should not repeat such a mistake again.

Protests as Turkey starts work on first nuclear power plant

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday launched construction of its first nuclear power plant which Ankara hopes will open a new era of greater energy self-sufficiency, but the ceremony was marred by angry protests against the controversial $20 billion project.

Istanbul film festival scraps competitions in censorship row

Istanbul - The annual Istanbul Film Festival on Monday announced that it had scrapped all its competitions this year due to a bitter row over a film about Kurdish rebels pulled from the event following intervention by Turkish authorities.

Defiant Turkey draws red line over Armenia genocide recognition

Istanbul - Rejecting worldwide pressure, Turkey has drawn a defiant red line in refusing to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide on the 100th anniversary year of the tragedy.

Op-Ed: How Erdogan spins the news and Turkey out of control Special

Islamist Ak Party President Erdogan is spinning the news and Turkey out of control as he grants police more powers; limits freedom of speech, protests, and the press; and arrests those who oppose him.

Dozens go on trial over Turkey's worst mining disaster

Kayseri - Dozens of suspects, including former top company managers, went on trial Monday over modern Turkey's worst mining disaster that left 301 miners dead in the western town of Soma and exposed major safety shortcomings in the industry.

Erdogan meets Turkey captains after Fenerbahce attack

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday held a hugely unusual meeting with the captains of all of Turkey's top flight football sides over situation in the game a week after a gun attack on the Fenerbahce team bus.

Turkey PM slams pope's 'one-sided' Armenia genocide comments  

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday lashed out at Pope Francis for "inappropriate" and "one-sided" comments after he used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Turkey recalls its Vatican envoy in genocide row

Ankara - Turkey on Sunday said it was recalling its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations in an escalating diplomatic row over Pope Francis' use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Turkey, Kurds swap accusations after deadly clashes

Istanbul - Turkey's government and Kurdish militants on Sunday exchanged angry accusations after the most serious clashes this year that threaten to undermine a fragile peace process.

Pope riles Turkey by calling WWI slaughter of Armenians 'genocide'

- Pope Francis uttered the word "genocide" on Sunday to describe the mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago, sparking anger from Turkey which summoned the Vatican's ambassador for an explanation.

Turkey opens trial over Soma mining disaster

Soma - Dozens of suspects will stand trial on Monday over the mining disaster last year in the Turkish town of Soma that left 301 miners dead and tarnished the image of the government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia sees first Koran reading in 85 years

Istanbul - A Muslim cleric has for the first time in 85 years recited the Koran in the Hagia Sophia, the world famous landmark of Istanbul which is now a museum after serving as a church and a mosque, reports said Saturday.

Turkish army says five Kurdish rebels killed in clashes

Istanbul - Five rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed and four Turkish soldiers wounded in a day of clashes Saturday, the army said, in a blow to a fragile peace process to end a decades-long insurgency.

Pope on diplomatic tightrope with Armenian genocide mass

- Pope Francis will mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians with a special ceremony on Sunday, with all eyes on whether he will use the word "genocide".
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