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Turkey recalled its envoy to Berlin Thursday and threatened further measures after Germany's parliament labelled the World War I massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.The use of the word "genocide" goes to the heart of a long-running battle for world opinion between Armenia and Turkey.Armenia has led a decades-long campaign to have the bloodshed characterized as genocide, while Turkey argues that the term is a gross injustice – it argues that the killings were a collective tragedy in which equal numbers of Turks and Armenians died. Germany and the European Union are relying on Turkey to help stem a record influx of migrants even as tensions are rising between both sides over human rights and other issues.The text carries the contentious word throughout and also puts partial blame on the German Empire, then allied with Turkey's Ottoman empire and which failed to prevent the atrocities.Modern Turkey – the successor state to the Ottoman Empire – says 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.
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