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Central African Militias Appeal for Ceasefire Recognition

Militia forces in war-torn Central African Republic appealed Friday for international support for an ceasefire agreement struck without government involvement.

The deal was signed last week in Kenya between senior representatives of the anti-balaka rebels and the ex-Seleka movement of ex-president Michel Djotodia.

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African Union Urged to release S. Sudan Atrocity Probe

A top African Union official who led an inquiry into atrocities in war-torn South Sudan warned Friday that ignoring its recommendations would help the guilty to evade justice.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also said keeping the report under wraps would only benefit those trying to avoid possible war crimes trials.

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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 the life terms of two Bosnian Serbs for their role in the Srebrenica massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.

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

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EU Air Safety Body Urges 'Extreme Caution' in Pakistan Airspace

The European air safety agency has warned airline operators to show "extreme caution" when flying over Pakistan amid fears of possible terror attacks.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) "recommends all operators to exercise extreme caution" when flying over the country and not to fly below 24,000 feet (7,300 meters), it said in a bulletin on its website dated January 22.

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Mitt Romney Not Running for President in 2016

Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not make another White House run in 2016, following weeks of speculation he would mount another campaign.

"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said during a conference call with supporters, broadcast live by CNN.

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New Greek PM to Visit Cyprus on First Foreign Trip

Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to travel to close ally Cyprus on Monday for his first visit abroad since his election victory, Cypriot officials said.

On a brief visit to Greece's fellow bailed-out EU member state, Tsipras is to meet with President Nicos Anastasiades and address parliament in Nicosia.

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Canada Gives Spy Agency New Anti-Terror Powers

Canada's spy agency will be granted new powers Friday to thwart terror plots in a security overhaul precipitated by twin jihadist attacks three months ago.

The October 20 and 22 attacks in Quebec province and in the capital Ottawa, targeting soldiers and Parliament, revealed gaps in Canadian defenses against terrorism.

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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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