Workers pass the Shard as they cross London Bridge in the City of London January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

UK growth slows, but still fastest in seven years

Britain's economic growth slowed more than expected in the final three months of last year, but with annual growth still at its fastest since 2007 the data gives ammunition to both sides of the political divide heading into May's election.  Full Article 

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FTSE retreats after eight days of gains; energy shares weigh 11:57am GMT

LONDON - Britain's top equity index fell on Tuesday after rising for eight straight sessions to a four-month high, with energy shares losing ground as oil prices weakened and retailer Dixons Carphone slipped after a broker downgrade.

Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis (C) is seen outside the Syriza party headquarters in Athens, late January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek cabinet unveiled

ATHENS - Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras names Yannis Dragasakis, a veteran of his leftwing Syriza party, as deputy premier and confirms economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister as he unveils a cabinet.  Full Article 

A woman cross country skis on snow covered roads during a blizzard in Cambridge, Massachusetts January 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Snowstorm sweeps northeast U.S.

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A blizzard has swept across the northeastern United States, dropping more than a foot of snow but falling short of more dire predictions that had sent workers home, halted flights and prompted New York officials to shut down subway trains.  Full Article 

Scotland's Labour Party leader Jim Murphy is heckled by a Yes voter while campaigning in Dundee, Scotland January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour

Among the social housing estates of Dundee, Ed Miliband's bid to unseat Prime Minister David Cameron is in trouble - his party is haemorrhaging support to Scottish nationalists.  Full Article 

Ground crew are seen parking an Aer Lingus Airbus A320 away from the passenger terminals at Dublin Airport, in the Republic of Ireland in this June 2, 2002 file photograph.  REUTERS/Paul McErlane/Files

Aer Lingus board recommends offer from IAG

DUBLIN - The board of Irish airline Aer Lingus has recommended an improved 1.36-billion-euro takeover offer from the owner of British Airways which now must soothe government concerns to win shareholder approval.  Full Article 

Electronic cables are silhouetted next to the logo of Facebook in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Facebook takes blame for service outages

FRANKFURT - Access to Facebook and its Instagram photo-sharing site were blocked around the world for up to an hour today, which the company says was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.  Full Article | Related Story 

Beachgoers walk and sit around a giant frying pan sculpture by Andrew Hankin titled 'We're fryin' out here' that is part of the 'Sculpture by the Sea' exhibition at Sydney's Tamarama Beach October 26, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

Australian temperatures rising faster than rest

SYDNEY - Australia faces a rise in temperature of potentially more than 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, an increase that would outpace global warming worldwide, the country's national science agency says.  Full Article 

Andy Murray (R) of Britain shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios of Australia after defeating him in their men's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Kyrgios can't stop Murray march

MELBOURNE - Testing wind conditions fail to blunt Andy Murray's clinical win over local hope Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open as the Briton sets up a semi-final with Tomas Berdych.  Full Article 

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Japan vows to work with Jordan over IS hostage

Japan says it will work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist as well as a Jordanian pilot, who are both being held by Islamic State militants. Yiming Woo reports.