A man wears U.S. dollar sign rings in a jewellery shop in Manhattan in New York City November 6, 2014.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Dollar set for record run

NEW YORK- The dollar edges higher and is on track to end January with gains of more than 5 percent, while stock indexes around the world fall as data shows U.S. growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter.  Full Article 

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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east 6:06pm GMT

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighbouring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president

5:52pm GMT

WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, and told supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

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U.S. economy cools in the fourth quarter, but consumer spending shines

5:40pm GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.

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Blast at Shi'ite mosque in southern Pakistan kills 49

2:57pm GMT

SHIKARPUR, Pakistan - At least 49 people were killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers, the latest sectarian attack to hit the South Asian nation. | Video

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Russian central bank makes surprise interest rate cut

5:40pm GMT

MOSCOW - Russia's central bank unexpectedly cut its main interest rate on Friday as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. | Video

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Spanish growth accelerates but domestic banks lag

4:24pm GMT

MADRID - Spain's economic turnaround accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2014 and growth hit pre-crisis levels as oil prices tumbled, although an enduring lending crunch signals the recovery may still take time to feed through to struggling families. | Video

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Clean-up efforts resume following deadly blast in Mexico

Clean-up efforts are underway in Mexico City where a gas truck explosion ripped through a maternity hospital while, Thursday afternoon, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited victims of the blast. Nathan Frandino reports.