Biden’s Armenian pledge, missing submarine, the Oscars: 5 things to know this weekend

Biden expected to use term ‘genocide’ to describe atrocities done to Armenians

President Joe Biden is preparing to acknowledge the killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Turks more than a century ago by using the term “genocide” in a presidential proclamation, U.S. officials said. Lawmakers and activists have been lobbying the president to announce the move on or before Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on Saturday. If Biden follows through, he’d likely face pushback from Turkey, which has pressured previous administrations to skirt the issue. Biden spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday in anticipation of his plan. The U.S. and Turkish governments, in separate statements after Friday’s call, however, made no mention of the American plan to recognize the genocide. U.S. presidents for decades have acknowledged Remembrance Day to mark the events of 1915 to 1923 but have avoided using the term “genocide” to sidestep alienating Turkey.

  • Previous coverage: House passes Turkey sanctions, Armenian genocide bills
  • From 2019: In a historic move, Senate recognizes Armenian genocide over Trump, Turkey objections
  • Pope Francis in 2016:Don’t forget Armenian killings

The Biden administration is advancing its foreign policy approach toward Russia and China that is more openly critical of the countries concerning actions while preserving some hard-line policies put in place by former president Trump. (March 19)

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The Oscars make their long-awaited return Sunday

It has been a longer-than-usual road due to Hollywood navigating the global pandemic, but the Academy Awards will return like never before on Sunday (ABC, 8 ET/5 PT). Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” leads a wide-ranging field of best picture candidates, a diverse crop of acting contenders is a positive shift away from the #OscarsSoWhite scandal of the past, and the late Chadwick Boseman appears poised to secure a posthumous win for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” One category many eyes will be on is the unpredictable best actress race as Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Frances McDormand, Andra Day and Vanessa Kirby vie for the award. The hostless ceremony will primarily be held at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, with additional events at the show’s traditional home, the Dolby Theatre, and international locations via satellite. And yes, there will be a red carpet.

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