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Hamid Soryan hoped he had put a smile on the faces of the Iranian people after he finally delivered the country their first Greco-Roman gold this evening.

Purple patch: For a burst of colour next year, get thinking about bulb-planting now

Bad news. It is at this time of year, when we've finally seen some sunshine, that we must forget about tans and start turning our thoughts to wrapping up warm (ugh), going outside in the cold (yikes) and digging several hundred holes in stony frozen soil (blerg). Yep, it's bulb-order time again.

Leading article: Slow progress on speeding up adoption

Nobody could really want to see "young lives wasted", so David Cameron was on safe ground yesterday when he called for the adoption process to be speeded up, particularly with regard to mixed-race and black children.

Diary: From Armenia to Newcastle, and back again?

The most alarming incident that ever interrupted our House of Commons was a purple flour bomb thrown at Tony Blair – very tame compared with a ghastly incident that brought prime minister's questions to a bloody halt in Armenia in October 1999.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Mr Sarkozy of 'anti-Turkishness'

Turkish PM lashes out at France over over new Armenia genocide law

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday renewed his personal attack on Nicolas Sarkozy, accusing the French President of racism and anti-Turkish behaviour after the French parliament passed a Bill making it illegal to deny the Armenian genocide. Mr Sarkozy's office said that the law would come into effect in two weeks.

French Senate to vote on Armenian genocide bill

Turkey threatened more sanctions for France if the Senate in Paris votes to make it a crime to deny the 20th-century killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks constitutes a genocide.

Legislators oppose Armenian genocide bill

A French Senate panel dealt a blow Wednesday to the government's plans to make it illegal to deny that mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago amounted to genocide.

Clerics in brawl at Bethlehem

A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem descended into violence as scuffles broke out between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site.

Clerics clash in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity turned into scuffles today between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site.

Remembrance: Armenians annually commemorate the 1915 genocide

Robert Fisk: Turkey's long road to reconciliation

Just for a moment, put aside the current Franco-Turkish war over the 20th century's first Holocaust – of the Armenians – and remember that Nicolas Sarkozy's electoral venality (500,000 French-Armenian voters want to hear him tell the truth) and Turkish nationalism (which feeds on holocaust denial) make a bad cocktail.

Now Turkey accuses France of committing genocide in Algeria

Turkey responded to French genocide allegations with a charge of its own yesterday, accusing France of committing genocide during its colonial occupation of Algeria.

Oh little town: The Church of the Nativity

Journey to the Source: Bethlehem

Tony Wheeler follows the 14-point star to a place of pilgrimage – and dispute

Turkey hits back over French bill

Turkey has retaliated against France after MPs there passed a bill to make it a crime to deny the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 by Ottoman Turks amounted to genocide.

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