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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east1/31/2015 3:25:55 AMDONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.U.S. economy cools in fourth quarter, but consumer spending shines1/30/2015 9:07:11 PMWASHINGTON - 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.AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources1/31/2015 8:03:32 AMSINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president1/31/2015 2:58:44 AMWASHINGTON - 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.Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq1/31/2015 1:58:37 AMBAGHDAD - 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.Russian central bank makes surprise interest rate cut1/30/2015 9:14:43 PMMOSCOW - 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.Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 20141/31/2015 3:03:52 AMMONTREAL - 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.Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads1/31/2015 3:26:02 AMBEIRUT - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives1/30/2015 9:16:25 PMAMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman.Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it1/30/2015 11:54:28 PMBEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.