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Deaths shake Ukraine truce; Poroshenko wary of Russian threat 10:36pm GMT

KIEV - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if a ceasefire holds. | Video

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Islamic State under pressure as Kurds seize Syrian town

4:04pm GMT

BEIRUT - Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.

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Lloyds to pay first dividend since rescue

5:44pm GMT

LONDON - Lloyds Banking Group is paying its first dividend in more than six years after reporting a rise in profit and improvements in its capital strength, a milestone in the bank's recovery after it was bailed out during the financial crisis. | Video

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U.S. economy slowed in fourth quarter, but growth outlook still favourable

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WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a moderate increase in business inventories and a wider trade deficit, but strong domestic demand brightened the outlook.

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Standard Chartered staff braced for big change under Winters

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HONG KONG - Incoming Standard Chartered Chief Executive Bill Winters will need to take tough decisions that predecessor Peter Sands deemed unnecessary, in order to reverse a two-year slump in the bank's fortunes, according to some insiders and bankers.

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Argentina to purge disloyal spies from intelligence agency - sources

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BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's government will purge spies it no longer trusts from the state intelligence agency as part of a major overhaul of the security body, sources familiar with embattled President Cristina Fernandez's thinking said. | Video

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Sick teen tells Chilean President she wants to die

A 14-year-old girl hospitalized with cystic fibrosis in Santiago has posted a video message on Facebook asking President Michelle Bachelet to authorize her euthanasia. Mana Rabiee reports.