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U.S. economy slows in fourth quarter, but growth outlook still favorable

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a slow pace of stock accumulation by businesses and a wider trade deficit, but the underlying fundamentals remained solid.

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France, Britain dismiss calls to renew relations with Syria's Assad

PARIS - France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.

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Germany backs Greek extension but bailout fatigue grows

BERLIN - Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel's conservatives underscored growing scepticism in Berlin about whether a new Greek government can be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges.

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Danish police arrest man suspected of links to February 14-15 shootings

COPENHAGEN - Danish police said they arrested a young man on Friday and charged him with complicity in the shootings in Copenhagen on Feb. 14 and 15 in which two people were killed and five police officers wounded.

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Turkey police detain suspect claiming to have bomb outside U.S. consulate

ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained a suspect outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul who claimed to have a bomb, the consulate said on Friday. | Video

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U.S., Cuba meet for second round of normalization talks

WASHINGTON - Cuban and U.S. officials met in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. | Video

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Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

WASHINGTON - Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

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Libya's PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival Tripoli group

CAIRO - Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other", ramping up his rhetoric against Ankara.