German president expected to label slaughter of Armenians as genocide at anniversary memorial

April 23, 2015 2:41 PM

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BERLIN – Germany's president is widely expected to label the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, underlining a shift in his country's stance after it previously avoided the term.

President Joachim Gauck will speak Thursday at a nondenominational service commemorating what the churches organizing it call genocide — a day before Germany's Parliament debates a motion that describes the killings as "exemplary" for the 20th century's history of expulsions and genocide.

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