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LONDON, Jan 29 - Sterling fell towards an 18-month low against the dollar on Thursday after data showed the number of Americans filing new unemployment claims tumbled to the lowest level in almost 15 years last week.
SYDNEY/TOKYO, Jan 30 - Commodity currencies nursed hefty losses on Friday, as investors sent the Australian dollar to 5 1/2 year lows as they bet on the Australian central bank reducing interest rates when it meets next week.
TOKYO, Jan 30 - Asian shares edged up on Friday, talking heart from a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street even as continuing concerns about global growth tempered gains.
HONG KONG, Jan 30 - These are some of the leading stories in Hong Kong newspapers on Friday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.