US House votes by overwhelming majority to recognise the Armenian genocide

Armenian civilians, escorted by Ottoman soldiers, marching through the ancient town of Harput in Turkey to prison, in April 1915. Many of those pictured were among the 1.5 million killed in the Armenian genocide of 1915-1918 (BarnabasFund)

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The US House of Representatives has voted 405-11 in favour of recognising the mass killings of Armenians during World War One as genocide.

This was the first time in 35 years that legislation on the issue was considered in the full House, and comes at a time of deteriorating US-Turkey relations. To become official policy, the resolution also needs to be approved by the Senate and ratified by the president.