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Turkish Women Protest Plan to Reduce Abortion Limit

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Istanbul Sunday to protest the government's plan to reduce the time limit for abortions.

Women chanted slogans and unfurled banners reading "Abortion is a right" and "It is our body" during the rally in the city's Kadikoy district, which was also attended by men.

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Experimental Drug Offers New Hopes for Breast Cancer Patients

An experimental drug treatment may help keep a certain kind of aggressive breast cancer at bay, offering new hope for individual therapies against difficult tumors, said research released Sunday.

The phase III trial comparing trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) to standard therapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2 positive) breast cancer was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago.

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Report: Saudis 'Plotting' against Syria

The pro-regime Al-Watan daily accused the Saudi authorities on Monday of "plotting" against Syria, and also of turning Lebanon into a springboard for attacking the country.

The newspaper accused Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of "sending arms to fighters and mercenaries they are financing in north Lebanon," where weekend clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus factions left 14 dead.

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Suicide Car Bomber Kills Four in South Yemen

A suicide bomber blew up an explosives-laden car at a checkpoint in Yemen's restive southern province of Abyan on Monday, killing four pro-army gunmen, a military source said.

"Four of our men were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives at a checkpoint between Loder and Shaqra," in Abyan, the source said on condition of anonymity.

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Wine Lovers Race to Bordeaux Marathons and Bike Rides

Sporty wine lovers are exploring the vineyard paths and private forests of France's historic wine region in marathons and bike rides, complete with zany costumes, live music and wine tastings de rigueur.

In Bordeaux, the Medocaine mountain bike ride in May drew 6,500 pedaling wine enthusiasts for its 14th edition, organized by hundreds of local volunteers to promote tourism, nature and, of course, wine in a convivial setting.

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Briton Kidnapped by Kurd Rebels in Turkey is Freed

A British tourist who was kidnapped by Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey at the weekend was freed on Monday, officials in London and Turkey said.

The 35-year-old man was described as being in good health and is to be taken to the main southeastern city of Diyarbakir for brief questioning about his ordeal, a Turkish official said on condition of anonymity.

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EU Set to Pressure Russia on Syria at Saint Petersburg Summit

President Vladimir Putin met European Union leaders Monday for summit talks where the EU is expected to put pressure on Russia to harden its position on the Syria and Iran crises.

Putin on Sunday evening met EU President Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, for an informal dinner in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg.

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Balkan Nations Pledge to Use Cultural Heritage to Boost Ties

Eleven southeastern European countries pledged on Sunday at an UNESCO-organized summit in Bosnia to use their religious, cultural and historic heritage to boost ties, the FENA news agency reported.

In a joint declaration, adopted in Bosnia's historic southern town of Mostar, top officials from the 11 countries agreed to protect their cultural heritage as an "important basis for understanding and more intensive cooperation between our countries."

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Japanese Scientists Find 8th-Century Mystery in Tree Rings

In the late eighth century, Earth was hit by a mystery blast of cosmic rays, according to a Japanese study that found a relic of the powerful event in cedar trees.

Analysis of two ancient trees found a surge in carbon-14 -- a carbon isotope that derives from cosmic radiation -- which occurred just in AD 774 and AD 775, the team report in the journal Nature on Sunday.

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Two Rebels Killed in Clashes with Syrian Forces

Clashes erupted between regime forces and rebels in Syria's Idlib province overnight, killing two opposition fighters, as explosions were reported in Damascus province, a watchdog said on Monday.

Two rebels were killed as they clashed with regime forces in the town of Kafr Nabal in the northwestern province of Idlib, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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