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Pope labels Armenia WW1 deaths 'genocide'

Pope Francis has used the word "genocide" at a Vatican church service, to describe the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 100 years ago.

Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915.

But the Pope's statement is expected to anger Turkey, which has consistently denied that the killings were genocide.

James Reynolds reports.

  • 12 Apr 2015
  • From the section Europe
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