Saturday, April 18, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Bekmambetov-Gabriadze Horror Movie Released In U.S.

A horror movie produced by Kazakh-Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Georgian actor-director Leo Gabriadze hits screens at theaters in the United States on April 17.
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Turkish PM's Ethnic Armenian Aide Retires Ahead Of Killings' Centenary

An ethnic Armenian adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has retired ahead of the 100th anniversary of the World War I-era mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
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Baku Jails Activist; PEN Honors Jailed Journalist

A prominent human rights activist in Azerbaijan has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after a trial he said was politically motivated.
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PEN To Honor Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova, a jailed Azerbaijani investigative journalist and contributor to RFE/RL, will be honored with a prestigious media freedom award next month.
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MEPs Pass Resolution Referring To Armenian Killings As Genocide

The European Parliament on April 15 overwhelmingly passed a resolution which uses the word "genocide" to describe the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, triggering angry reactions in Turkey.
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Turkey's Erdogan Condemns Pope Over Armenia Genocide Comment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Pope Francis for describing the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago as “genocide.”
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UN Chief Considers 1915 Slaughters Of Armenians 'Atrocity Crimes'

A spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the UN chief considers the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago "atrocity crimes."
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Photogallery Documenting The 'Invisible Thread' That Binds The World's Armenians

Ahead of the centenary of what many -- including Pope Francis -- call the Armenian genocide, photojournalist Scout Tufankjian talks about her six-year project photographing ethnic Armenians whose predecessors fled Turkey to escape slaughter by Ottoman Turks a century ago.
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Georgian Chess Champion Caught Cheating

Georgian chess champion and grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze has been expelled from the Dubai Open Chess Tournament after he was caught cheating.
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Turkey Furious At Francis Over Pope's 'Genocide' Comment

Turkey is furious over Pope Francis's use of the word "genocide" in a mass marking the centenary of the slaughter of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
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