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Monday 5 December 2016

Hundreds gather to see Kim and Khloe's Armenian homecoming

U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian waves to the public while walking in Yerevan
U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian waves to the public while walking in Yerevan
U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian (R, front) poses for a picture with local residents, with her sister Khloe Kardashian standing nearby, while sightseeing in central Yerevan
Rapper Kanye West carries his daughter North shortly upon their arrival together with TV celebrity Kim Kardashian in Yerevan

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian received a rapturous welcome in her ancestors' homeland of Armenia on a visit that could draw attention to the 100th anniversary of mass killings of Armenians in 1915.

Hundreds of fans greeted Kardashian, her rapper husband Kanye West, their child North and Kim's sister Khloe in the capital Yerevan.

"Armenia we are here!!!!! We are so grateful to be here & start this journey of a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who greeted us!" Kardashian wrote on her Instagram account.

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"I can't wait to explore our country and have some yummy food!" added the star of the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

She made no mention of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers in World War One, but some fans hoped the visit would put the spotlight on anniversary events on April 24.

Some Western historians and some foreign parliaments call the mass killings genocide.

"On Facebook and other social media, there are maybe tens of millions of people, not Armenians (who follow her)," said a middle-aged man, who did not give his name, outside Kardashian's hotel in Yerevan.

"If they get informed about genocide, what and who we are, what happened to us, I think it will have a positive impact any way," he said.

Muslim Turkey accepts many Christian Armenians died in partisan fighting beginning in 1915 but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and that it amounted to genocide.

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