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World shares fell Friday and the dollar slipped against major and heavyweight emerging market currencies, as uncertainty about a U.S. tax cuts package dovetailed with broad-based end-of-year caution.In the currency markets, the dollar was down at 112.19 against the yen and, despite having been at a one-month high earlier in the week, stuttering toward a 0.3 percent weekly drop against six rival currencies.That paled in significance compared with bitcoin, though, as the digital currency blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000, up 9 percent on the day and now more than 1,700 percent this year.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.4 percent overnight, but clung on for a 0.8 percent gain for the week.Industrial metal copper, headed for a 3 percent weekly gain after two weeks of hefty falls, while gold edged away from a four-month low hit earlier in week as it nudged up to $1,257 an ounce.
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