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  • I no longer talk to Obama: Turkey's Erdogan
    I no longer talk to Obama: Turkey's Erdogan

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday.

  • Puma says cancer drug meets trial goal, shares soar

    (Reuters) - Puma Biotechnology Inc said its experimental breast cancer drug met its main goal in a late-stage trial. Puma said on Tuesday it plans to file for marketing approval of neratinib, code named PB272, in the first half of 2015. Adjuvant treatment with the drug showed a statistically significant improvement in disease-free survival of 33 percent versus patients on placebo, according to trial data. Adjuvant treatment, or additional treatment, is given after the primary treatment.

  • 5 Things to know about the Tour de France
    5 Things to know about the Tour de France

    BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — The Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday for the first of three mountain stages that may well determine the final podium of this year's race.

  • 3 industries that make it entirely too difficult for customers to call it quits
    3 industries that make it entirely too difficult for customers to call it quits

    The experience of one Comcast cable subscriber whose attempt to cancel his subscription earlier this month went viral reminded us just how desperate businesses can be to hold us captive.

  • Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia
    Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia

    France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane
    US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Gaza rocket halts Israel flights as foes resist truce efforts
    Gaza rocket halts Israel flights as foes resist truce efforts

    Airlines blocked flights to Israel Wednesday after a Gaza rocket struck near airport runways, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed 639 Palestinians and 31 Israelis. As the violence entered its 16th day, neither Israel nor Islamist movement Hamas appeared willing to end hostilities, despite days of diplomatic efforts to coax them into a truce. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Tel Aviv, appealed on Tuesday for the bitter rivals to "stop fighting" and "start talking.".

  • Every cloud has silver lining, says stage winner Rogers
    Every cloud has silver lining, says stage winner Rogers

    Bagneres-de-Luchon (France) (AFP) - Michael Rogers said he had learnt lessons when serving a temporary doping suspension that helped him win his first ever Tour de France stage. The 34-year-old Australian escaped from a five-man breakaway group to claim victory on the Tour's mammoth 237.5km 16th stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on Tuesday. Rogers had tested positive for clenbuterol at the Japan Cup last October but he was cleared by the International Cycling Union (UCI) of any wrong-doing back in April. "All of a sudden I realised, stop trying to live someone else's life, you can win stages, you can win seven-day stage races that are a little bit shorter.

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