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2005-12-01 04:47:26

By Rahul Sharma SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asia marked World AIDS Day on Thursday with free condoms, mobile phone games and flag-festooned rallies aimed at promoting awareness of a disease that kills millions in rich and poor countries each year. The United Nations launched the annual event on Thursday by calling for an "exceptional response" to the threat and said that while adult infection rates had dropped in some countries due to increased use of condoms and changes in sexual...

2005-12-01 04:30:00

LONDON (Reuters) - The MTV music channel, whose inception in 1981 coincided with the first reported case of AIDS, has made a film and released it to broadcasters for free on Thursday to educate young people about the epidemic. The feature-length "Transit" tells the story of eight young people whose lives are intertwined, and through a surprising twist highlights the danger of contracting the HIV virus even when it seems there is little risk. Spanning Russia, Mexico, Kenya and Los Angeles, the...

2005-12-01 01:21:01

By Rahul Sharma SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asia marked World AIDS Day on Thursday with free condoms, mobile phone games and flag-festooned rallies aimed at promoting awareness of a disease that kills millions in rich and poor countries each year. The United Nations launched the annual event on Thursday by calling for an "exceptional response" to the threat and said that while adult infection rates had dropped in some countries due to increased use of condoms and changes in sexual...

2005-12-01 01:15:00

By Rahul Sharma SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asia marked World AIDS Day on Thursday with free condoms, mobile phone games and flag-festooned rallies aimed at promoting awareness of a disease that kills millions in rich and poor countries each year. The United Nations launched the annual event on Thursday by calling for an "exceptional response" to the threat and said that while adult infection rates had dropped in some countries due to increased use of condoms and changes in sexual behavior, the...

2005-12-01 00:25:00

By Rahul Sharma SINGAPORE -- Japanese health workers gave out free condoms and a software firm in India was due to launch mobile phone games on World AIDS Day to promote awareness of a disease that kills millions in rich and poor countries each year. The United Nations launched the annual event on Thursday by calling for an "exceptional response" to the threat and said that while adult infection rates had dropped in some countries due to increased use of condoms and changes in sexual...

2005-11-30 22:40:11

By Rahul Sharma SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Japanese health workers gave out free condoms and a software firm in India was due to launch mobile phone games on World AIDS Day to promote awareness of a disease that kills millions in rich and poor countries each year. The United Nations launched the annual event on Thursday by calling for an "exceptional response" to the threat and said that while adult infection rates had dropped in some countries due to increased use of condoms and changes...

2005-11-30 08:55:00

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict said on Wednesday he felt close to victims of AIDS and encouraged efforts to find a cure for the killer disease but avoided the thorny issue of the Roman Catholic Church's ban on condoms. "I feel close to those sick with AIDS and their families and I invoke for them the help and comfort of the Lord," he said in his comment for Thursday's World AIDS Day. However, the Pope sidestepped the Church's general position against condoms to stop the...

2005-11-30 01:32:14

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's health minister warned on Wednesday that the spread of AIDS could affect the nation's economic development and its "rise or decline," and stressed the need for strong prevention measures. Minister Gao Qiang said China aimed to keep the number of people infected by the HIV virus to below 1.5 million by 2010, a forecast sharply lower than some international estimates. "AIDS prevention work is an issue relating to the quality of the population, economic...

2005-11-28 11:25:00

LONDON -- The World Health Organization apologized on Monday for missing its target to get 3 million people in poor countries on life-saving AIDS drugs by the end of 2005. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS department, admitted that the WHO had not moved quickly enough to meet its ambitious "3 by 5" target. "I have to say that I'm personally extremely disappointed in myself and in my colleagues because we have not moved quickly enough -- we have not saved enough lives," Kim...

2005-11-28 06:21:36

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization apologised on Monday for missing its target to get 3 million people in poor countries on life-saving AIDS drugs by the end of 2005. Dr Jim Yong Kim, the director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS department, admitted that the WHO had not moved quickly enough to meet its ambitious "3 by 5" target. "I have to say that I'm personally extremely disappointed in myself and in my colleagues because we have not moved quickly enough -- we have not saved...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'