Saturday, June 25, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Video Pope Francis Denounces Armenian 'Genocide' In Yerevan

Pope Francis has denounced the "genocide" of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turkish forces a century ago.
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Pope Arrives In Armenia For Three-Day Visit

Pope Francis has arrived in Armenia for a three-day visit meant to further strengthen the Vatican’s relations with the country and the state-backed Armenian Apostolic Church.
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Pope Francis Begins Visit To Armenia

Pope Francis has embarked on a three-day visit to Armenia, where he is expected to voice the Vatican's concern with the plight of Christians in the war-torn Middle East.
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Germany: Turkey Blocking Delegation's Visit To Incirlik Base

Germany says Ankara is blocking a German delegation from visiting an air base in Turkey where German soldiers are based.
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Turkish Broadcaster Ends German Partnership After 'Genocide' Vote

A German public broadcaster says a Turkish television station has ended a partnership with it over Germany's decision to officially designate the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide.
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Nuland 'To Meet With Top Putin Aide'

Russian state media report that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is scheduled to meet in the Russian capital on June 23 with Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal adviser on Moscow's relationships with Ukraine and Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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Biden Slams Trump's Anti-Muslim Stands, Embrace Of Putin

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's anti-Muslim policies could backfire and hurt the United States.
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Explainer: The ‘Holy And Great Council’ Of Orthodox Churches

The first gathering of the "Holy and Great Council" of Orthodox churches in more than a millennium has been in preparation for 55 years, but infighting began even before the event could begin this week on the Greek island of Crete.
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Leaders Of Azerbaijan, Armenia Meet With Putin For Talks On Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian were in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on June 20 for talks aimed at reaching a settlement on Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Photogallery Russian Return To ‘Soviet Riviera’ Brings Hope, Concern To Breakaway Abkhazia

Russian vacationers are the lifeblood of Abkhazia, and the breakaway Georgian region is getting an infusion as the number of visitors from its giant patron grows. But a dispute over whether to let foreigners buy property in the lush Black Sea territory reflects concerns over the extent of Russia’s clout.
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