Armenia, a Caucasus country, has a fraught relationship with its western neighbor, Turkey. On April 24, Armenians around the world mark the anniversary of what they call genocide by Ottomans in 1915.
1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the Ottoman empire during World War One. Turkey, the Ottoman Empire's successor, is strongly opposed to qualifying the deaths as genocide, saying that hundreds of thousands of both Turks and Christian Armenians lost their lives in the struggle between the Ottoman forces and the Russian Empire over eastern Anatolia during that time.
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For many European countries, the arrival of war refugees has caused domestic political upheaval. But one tiny European nation has actively welcomed those fleeing Syria. That country is Armenia, a country of just three million people in the south Caucasus region. And as Christian Cummins found out, this open-arms policy has cultural, historical and pragmatic roots.
Proponents of organic farming say that this softer way of producing food can help poorer countries achieve several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. That’s partly why the EU backed Organic Agriculture Support Initiative has been promoting organic farming in Armenia since 2015. Christian Cummins went to find out how it is working.
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Some six weeks after a pastor in the Netherlands began a fairly ordinary church service, that service is still underway. The Protestant Bethel Church in The Hague is trying to prevent the deportation of an Armenian family that was denied asylum after almost nine years in the Netherlands. It's the latest in a series of incidents fueling the debate on migration. Stefan Bos has more from The Hague.