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Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting in past 24 hours: defense minister

KIEV - Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Saturday.

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Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels

KUALA LUMPUR - A deadly clash between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in the south of the country has dealt a temporary setback to peace talks, Manila's chief peace negotiator said on Saturday, appealing for renewed efforts to keep the process on track.

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Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president

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

30 Jan 2015

Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. | Video

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Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

MONTREAL - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.

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

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.

30 Jan 2015

Macedonia police say thwart plot to overthrow government

SKOPJE - Police in Macedonia are to charge four people with trying to overthrow the government, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, and a senior government official identified one of them as the leader of the main opposition Social Democrats.