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White House Acknowledges Armenian Genocide, but Avoids the Term
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White House Acknowledges Armenian Genocide, but Avoids the Term Peter Barker, New York Times 21 April 2015   WASHINGTON — The White House urged on Tuesday “a full, frank and just acknowledgment” of the Armenian genocide a century after the deaths of as many as 1.5 million people, but once again refused to use the word genocide. Although President Obama vowed during his 2008 campaign to use the term once he got to the White House, he has

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A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens
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A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey's Denial Only Deepens Tim Arango, New York Times 16 April 2015 CUNGUS, Turkey — The crumbling stone monastery, built into the hillside, stands as a forlorn monument to an awful past. So, too, does the decaying church on the other side of this mountain village. Farther out, a crevice is sliced into the earth, so deep that peering into it, one sees only blackness. Haunting for its history, it was there that

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The Word Obama Can’t Bring Himself to Say
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The Word Obama Can’t Bring Himself to Say Adam B. Lerner, POLITICO Magazine April 2015   In April, there is a Washington ritual as predictable as budget debates and cherry blossoms. This is the month that Armenian lobbyists, public relations groups, diplomats, grassroots activists, celebrities and a handful of sympathetic lawmakers attempt to convince the U.S. government — and the president, in particular — to use the word genocide

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‘Genocide’ charged as boat capsizes in the Mediterranean
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'Genocide' charged as boat capsizes in the Mediterranean Ashley Fantz, Josh Levs, and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN 19 April 2015 (CNN)As a boat packed with hundreds of migrants capsized in Mediterranean waters, many were trapped inside behind locked doors. That's the account one survivor of the deadly shipwreck gave to investigators, according to a statement released Sunday by prosecutors in Catania, Italy. The Bangladeshi migrant's description provides

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Eritrea and North Korea Are World’s Most Censored Countries, Advocacy Group Says
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Eritrea and North Korea Are World's Most Censored Countries, Advocacy Group Says Rick Gladstone, New York Times 21 April 2015 The impoverished African nation of Eritrea has the lowest rate of cellphone ownership in the world, less than 1 percent of its people can go online, and its journalists are so terrified of offending the president that even reporters for the state-run news media live in perpetual fear of arrest. In North Korea, the government

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Roadside Bomb in Somalia Kills 4 Unicef Workers
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Roadside Bomb in Somalia Kills 4 Unicef Workers ISMA’IL KUSHKUSH 20 April 2015 KHARTOUM, Sudan — At least four Unicef staff members were killed and four others were severely wounded in northeastern Somalia on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near their minibus, a United Nations statement said. The attack occurred as the staff members were traveling to an office in Garowe from their guesthouse, a drive that normally takes three minutes, the

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Eritrea and North Korea Are World’s Most Censored Countries, Advocacy Group Says
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Eritrea and North Korea Are World’s Most Censored Countries, Advocacy Group Says RICK GLADSTONE 21 April 2015 The impoverished African nation of Eritrea has the lowest rate of cellphone ownership in the world, less than 1 percent of its people can go online, and its journalists are so terrified of offending the president that even reporters for the state-run news media live in perpetual fear of arrest. In North Korea, the government prohibits almost

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Shinzo Abe and Japan’s History
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Shinzo Abe and Japan’s History The New York Times 20 April 2015 The visit by Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to the United States next week is important on several levels. He will be the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of Congress. He and President Obama are expected to announce progress on a key issue, increased defense cooperation, and possibly on a second, trade. They will also discuss a third challenge, China’s growing

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Germany, defying Turkey, to call 1915 Armenian massacre ‘genocide’
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Germany, defying Turkey, to call 1915 Armenian massacre 'genocide' Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters 20 April 2015   (Reuters) - The German government backed away on Monday from a steadfast refusal to use the term "genocide" to describe the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces 100 years ago after rebellious members of parliament forced its hand. In a major reversal in Turkey's top trading partner in the European Union and

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Sudan: Think Again, President Al-Bashir
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Dispatches: Think Again, President Al-Bashir Elise Keppler, Human Rights Watch 20 April 2015   So far, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has avoided arrest for alleged international crimes – including genocide – committed in Darfur. But his world has certainly gotten smaller. On Monday, al-Bashir planned to visit Indonesia to attend the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference of Asian and African nations. The trip seemed designed

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