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Lithuanian foreign minister comes short of calling Armenian massacre a “genocide”

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday called the massacre of Armenians during WWI one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century, but refrained from using the word “genocide” which is strongly criticized by Turkey. […]

Royal Irish Rifles ration party Somme July 1916

Echoes of the Great War resonate a century later

On 28 July 1914, exactly one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were shot dead, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The stage was set for World War I, an inevitable result of decades of political manoeuvring, militarization, alliances and planning for a conflict that would shatter the great European epoch, laying waste to empires and ascendant nations. […]

World War One

Opinion: The First World War, tragedy and legacy

This summer, though full of fresh war fears, it will be time to commemorate the beginning of the First World War and people are remembering the conflict in different ways. Some are erecting monument for terrorist (or is it freedom fighter?) Gavrilo Princip in a still deeply-divided Bosnia, some are visiting war memorials, some are reviewing the statistics of casualties and destruction. […]