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Turkey Ready 'to Pay Price' if Found Guilty of Armenian Massacres

Turkey is ready to "pay the price" if found guilty of the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

In a live interview with state-run TRT channel on Thursday, Erdogan said his country would take the necessary steps if historians conclude that it was at fault for the World War I-era massacres that Armenians say amounted to genocide.

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Two Russian Television Journalists Arrested in Ukraine

Two Russian television journalists working for the pro-Kremlin Life News channel have been arrested in Ukraine and will be expelled, Ukraine's security service (SBU) spokesman Markiyan Lubkivskiy said on Friday.

"The SBU arrested two Russian citizens working as journalists for Life News. Their residency permits have been canceled and they will be expelled from our country and barred from returning to Ukraine for three years," Lubkivskiy wrote on his Facebook page.

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Indian Police Rescue Hundreds of Child Slaves as Young as Six

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday. 

Police discovered 120 children, some of them sick, underweight and traumatized, during the most recent raids late Thursday on bangle-making and other workshops, as part of a city-wide crackdown on child slavery, the officer said.

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Chinese Relatives Reject Malaysia's MH370 Death Declaration

Distraught Chinese relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 on Friday called for Malaysia to withdraw its declaration that all onboard had died in an accident, shunning offers of compensation.

Malaysian authorities on Thursday formally declared that all 239 the passengers and crew onboard the lost Malaysia Airlines plane -- two-thirds of whom were Chinese -- were presumed dead for the first time. 

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Ukraine Peace Talks in Minsk Canceled amid EU Sanctions on Russia

Truce talks between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian insurgents appeared to collapse Friday after 24 people, mostly civilians, were reported killed in heavy weapons fire in eastern Ukraine, prompting new European criticism of Russia.

Plans for the talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk were announced on Thursday, raising hopes of dialogue amid the collapse of a September truce in a war that has killed at least 5,100 people, according to the United Nations.

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Over 60 Dead in Bomb Attack at Pakistani Shiite Mosque

A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years.

The blast hit the mosque in Shikarpur in Sindh province, around 470 kilometers (300 miles) north of Karachi, as hundreds of worshipers attended Friday prayers.

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Erdogan Says he's No Sultan, but More Like British Queen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he's trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Erdogan told state-run TRT channel on Thursday that his desire for an expanded presidential role would not undermine democracy -- and he pointed to the UK as an example. 

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U.N. Chief Tells African Leaders Not to 'Cling to Power'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people.

"People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit.

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U.N. Court Upholds Life for Two Convicted in Srebrenica Massacre

The U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes court on Friday upheld life convictions of two Bosnian Serbs for their role in the Srebrenica massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.

The Appeal Chamber "affirms the life sentence" against former Bosnian Serb Vujadin Popovic, 57, and Ljubisa Beara, 75, Judge Patrick Robinson said at a hearing at the Hague-based tribunal.

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NATO Chief Warns of Challenges after 'Black Year'

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance must be ready to face further challenges after a "black year" of Russian intervention in Ukraine and terror attacks on Europe's streets.

Unveiling NATO's 2014 annual report, Stoltenberg said a new rapid reaction force would help cope with changing security environment but urged the 28 member states to keep their commitments to boost defence spending. 

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