The European Parliament has urged Turkey to acknowledge the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces as genocide.
Members of the EP voted on Wednesday to use the term genocide to describe the 1915 killings. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the EP’s recognition of the term will be ignored by Turkey. Pope Francis used the same term on Sunday to describe the killings. In a mass commemoration of the 100th anniversary at St Peter’s Basilica, the Pope described it as one of the “three massive and unprecedented tragedies” in the century, alongside killings perpetrated by Nazism and Stalinism.
Former model reportedly killed in Syria
Former Melbourne model Sharky Jama has reportedly been killed in Syria, after fighting alongside the Islamic State (ISIS) militants. The 25-year-old left Melbourne in August last year to live in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, held by IS militants. Jama’s father received a phone call and text message on Monday with the news his son had died. He believed the news after his son’s phone went automatically to voicemail. Condolences have been posted to Facebook from Jama’s family and friends.
Ally of Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych killed
A Ukraine politician was found dead at his home in the Ukraine capital of Kiev on Wednesday. Oleg Kalashnikov was found with gunshot wounds but it is not clear whether his death was suicide or murder. Kalashnikov is the fourth associate of pro-Moscow ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to die in suspicious circumstances. Earlier this year, three former law makers who were close to the former leader were found dead. This was followed by four suicides of officials who worked under the same government. An investigation into Kalashnikov’s death has been launched.
Hernandez sentenced to life for murder
Former American footballer Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd. The 25-year-old was charged with first-degree murder without the possibility of parole. Odin Lloyd’s body was found with six bullet wounds in June, 2013, in an industrial park by a jogger. Hernandez lost his $41 million contract with the Patriots shortly after being arrested in 2013. “The jury found that he was just a man who committed a brutal murder,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said. The motive for the shooting is not known.
Search renewed for MH17 final victims
Dutch investigators will search a new area for the remains of two final victims of MH17, after the plane was shot down over Ukraine last year. The area was previously too dangerous to search due to the Ukraine conflict. The frontline of the conflict has now moved giving investigators the opportunity to renew the search. The investigation team of 30 will search two unexamined areas of the crash site and the mission is expected to last “a few weeks”. – Compiled from web sources by Keisha Miller
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