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As centenary of Armenian massacre nears, 'genocide' dispute sharpens
As centenary of Armenian massacre nears, 'genocide' dispute sharpens

The Turkish government on Monday offered condolences to descendants of Armenians killed in 1915, when the Ottoman Empire embarked on a campaign of terror and atrocity that many in the Western world have deemed the 20th century's first genocide. As Armenians the world over prepare to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the massacre that historians say took as many as 1.5 million lives, Turkey holds fast to its rejection of the label that entered the lexicon of inhumanity only three decades later. Genocide -- from the Greek and Latin root words for race and killing -- was a term first used by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in his 1944 report on "Axis Rule in Occupied...

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