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Armenians Hit Hollywood for Massacre Anniversary

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Hollywood on Friday to mark the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces.

"We demand justice," read placards carried amid a sea of red, blue and orange Armenian flags along Sunset Boulevard, as demonstrators marched towards the Turkish consulate.

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U.N. Chief Concerned about Attacks on Peacekeepers in Mali

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday recent attacks on the U.N. mission in Mali highlighted the urgent need for a political settlement with rebels in the country's north.

Seven U.N. peacekeepers were wounded Thursday in the most recent attack about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of the northern city of Kidal.

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Southern Chile Covered in Ash after Volcano Erupts

Southern Chile dug itself out from under a thick layer of gray ash Friday while keeping a wary eye on the Calbuco volcano after it spectacularly erupted for the first time in half a century.

The volcano, which unexpectedly burst into life with two eruptions Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, forcing 4,500 people to evacuate, caused alarm again early Friday when it emitted a large puff of smoke.

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Britain's Prince Charles, Harry Remember Suffering of Gallipoli Troops

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his son Prince Harry paid their respects Friday to the tens of thousands of British troops who died at the Battle of Gallipoli, laying wreaths and recalling the suffering of the soldiers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several Turkish ministers joined the centenary ceremony on Cape Helles on the westernmost tip of the Gallipoli peninsula, where British forces launched amphibious attacks in World War 1 starting in April 1915 but failed to break fierce Ottoman resistance.

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Peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur Repel Attacks

Unidentified gunmen have launched two attacks on peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, losing four of their own men in one of them, the U.N.-African Union mission said on Friday.

The U.N.-AU mission in Darfur deployed to the region in 2007, four years after ethnic insurgents mounted a campaign against the Arab-dominated government of Omar al-Bashir, complaining of their marginalization.

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Statue of Liberty Evacuated over Suspicious Package

The Statue of Liberty, one of the most visited monuments in the United States, and the island it sits on were evacuated Friday because of a suspicious package, police said.

Several photographs posted on Twitter showed a long line of tourists waiting to board a return ferry to Manhattan. 

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Eight Women Finish First Week of U.S. Army Ranger Test

Eight women have successfully made it through the initial round of the U.S. Army's grueling Ranger School course, as commanders weigh allowing female troops to join the ranks of the elite corps, officials said Friday.

The results of the first week of the Ranger School test represented another milestone as the American military seeks to open more combat specialities to women.

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Turkey 'Condemns' Putin Comments on Armenia Genocide

Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I.

The foreign ministry said "we reject and condemn... (Putin's) characterization of 1915 events as genocide despite all our warnings and calls."

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Poland Denies Entry to Pro-Putin Bikers Planning WWII Victory Ride

Poland on Friday said it had denied entry to a Russian biker gang backed by the Kremlin that plans to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union's role in the World War II victory over Nazi Germany. 

The planned two-week, 6,000-kilometer (3,728-mile) rally by Russian bikers including the Night Wolves -- a fiercely nationalistic motorcycle club backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin -- had sparked anger in Poland.

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Russia Charges Ukraine Airforce Officer over 'Murder' of Journalists

Russia on Friday charged Ukrainian airforce officer Nadia Savchenko over the deaths of two Russian journalists in a politically charged case that has become emblematic of tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

The 33-year-old helicopter navigator is charged with acting as an accessory in the murder of two Russian journalists "with motives of political hatred."

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