Armenia

OSCE slams referendum in disputed land in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

An upcoming constitutional referendum in a disputed region populated by ethnic Armenians within the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is meritless, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday.

German orchestra invites Erdogan to performance genocide piece

A leading German orchestra has invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a performance of a controversial piece of music about the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago.

Armenia's prime minister resigns, clears way for new cabinet

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan announced his resignation on Thursday, clearing the way for the president to form a new cabinet of ministers following a series of large opposition protests in the country.

Turkish-German lawmaker expects end to diplomatic dispute

A Turkish-German lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party said on Saturday he expects both countries will be able to settle their differences in a dispute over a German resolution declaring the mass killings of Armenians as genocide.

Germany says Armenia resolution "not legally binding" amid Turkey row

The German government is expected to distance itself from a parliamentary resolution passed in May that declared the mass killing of Armenians a genocide, Der Spiegel magazine reported Friday.

More than 160 detained after protest in Armenia violently dispersed

More than 160 people were detained by police after violence broke out while an anti-government demonstration was dispersed in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, police said on Saturday.

Occupiers of Armenian police station take four new hostages

An armed opposition group that took over a police station in Armenia's capital Yerevan 10 days ago took four new hostages on Wednesday.

Turkey accuses Pope Francis of "lies" after his "genocide" comment

The Turkish government accused Pope Francis of spreading "lies and slander" on Monday after he denounced the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as a "genocide."

Pope draws anger of Turkey over Armenian "genocide" comments

Pope Francis has provoked the anger of the Turkish government with his denunciation of the mass killings of Armenians during the World War I as a "genocide," with Turkey blasting his "crusader mentality" on Sunday.

Pope prays at Armenian massacre memorial after condemning "genocide"

Pope Francis paid his respects to Armenian massacre victims on Saturday during a visit to the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex in the capital Yerevan.

Pope Francis condemns Armenian "genocide" as he starts official visit

Pope Francis referred Friday to the mass killings of Armenians during 1915-16 as "genocide," addressing President Serzh Sargsyan and other dignitaries at the start of an official trip to Armenia, Vatican Radio reports.

Pope Francis to step into sensitive terrain with trip to Armenia

The leader of the Catholic Church will have to tread carefully as he visits a pioneer Christian nation whose people suffered mass persecutions 100 years ago and are still not living in peace.

Erdogan completely rejects genocide accusation, slams Berlin

Germany has no right to comment on genocide, given its own history during World War II and in Namibia, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, rejecting a measure in the German parliament.

Erdogan slams Merkel for failure to prevent Armenian genocide vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sharply critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for failing to stop a vote recognizing the 1915 killing of Armenians as genocide and did not rule out sanctions, in remarks published Saturday.

Turkey: Germany must mend ties after Armenian genocide vote

Germany needs to fix relations with Turkey after the Bundestag passed a resolution this week recognizing the Ottoman Empire's 1915 killing of Armenians and other Christians as genocide, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday.

Turkey outraged as Germany recognizes Armenian killings as genocide

Germany's parliament on Thursday recognized the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Berlin and summon the German envoy to Ankara.

Turkish minister tells Germany to focus on Holocaust, not "slander"

Germany should focus on its role in atrocities during World War II, and not the Armenians during World War I, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says, according to state-run news agency Anadolu.

Turkey: Armenia bill attempt to "assimilate" Turks in Germany

The Turkish Foreign Ministry slams Germany's parliament for recognizing the Ottoman Empire's killing of Armenians as genocide, calling it a "disgrace" and pledging to take unspecified legal measures in response.

Merkel: "Strategic" ties to Turkey unaltered by Armenian decision

Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the German parliament's decision to designate the Ottoman killings of Armenians in 1915-16 as genocide does not detract from her country's "amicable and strategic" relationship to Turkey.

Germany decision on Armenian genocide deals blow to Turkey relations

Germany's parliament on Thursday recognized the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago as genocide, prompting an angry reaction from Turkey, which recalled its ambassador from Germany.

Armenia welcomes Germany's recognition of genocide by Ottoman Empire

Armenia welcomes the German parliament's decision to recognize the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago as genocide, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian says in a statement.

Turkey: Germany recognizing Armenian genocide is "historic mistake"

Germany's parliament has made a "historic mistake" in recognizing the Armenian genocide, Turkey's government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus says.

Germany stands firm on Armenian genocide vote despite Turkish anger

German lawmakers were preparing Thursday to vote in favour of a resolution that recognizes the Ottoman massacres of Armenians in 1915-16 as genocide

Merkel likely absent from German parliament genocide vote on Armenia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel backs a parliamentary resolution declaring that the deaths of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago should be labeled as genocide, but is unlikely to be present at the vote, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Erdogan warns Germany against formally recognizing Armenia genocide

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Germany against formally recognizing the World War I massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as "genocide."

Azerbaijan: conflict with Armenia "de-escalated" in recent days

Azerbaijan's conflict with neighbouring Armenia over a long-disputed territory has "de-escalated" following a surge in fighting last weekend, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said Friday.

Merkel offers "constructive support" to ease South Caucasus tensions

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday offered "constructive support" from Germany to resolve fresh tensions between Armenia and neighbouring Azerbaijan over the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus mountains.

Merkel offers "constructive support" to ease South Causasus tensions

Chancellor Angela Merkel offers "constructive support" from Germany to resolve fresh tensions between Armenia and neighbouring Azerbaijan over the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus mountains.

Mass deportation of Armenians in 1915-1916 and Germany's role in it

As many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the systematic deportation and annihilation of the Christian minority under Ottoman rule.

Armenian leader meets Merkel to discuss Azerbaijan tensions, genocide

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, almost one year after her country acknowledged the campaign against Armenians under Turkish rule was genocidal and that German actions were partly to blame.

Mediators urge Armenia, Azerbaijan to negotiate in wake of truce deal

International mediators urged Armenia and Azerbaijan on Tuesday to honour their new ceasefire agreement after recent fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, and to negotiate a solution to their long-standing conflict.

Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to immediate ceasefire after recent clashes

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Tuesday to an immediate ceasefire after a recent surge of fighting in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the TASS news agency reported, citing Armenia's Defence Ministry.

Armenia warns of war with neighbour Azerbaijan over disputed region

The sudden surge of violence in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has the potential to set off an all-out war between Armenia and neighbouring Azerbaijan, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said Monday.