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AIDS blueprint targets prevention, treatment

A blueprint for the global eradication of AIDS has been unveiled by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The plan is backed by Michel Sidibé, head of UNAIDS, and lays out a strategy of treatment and prevention aimed at achieving an "AIDS-free generation." National Public Radio (text and audio)/Shots blog (11/29), The Guardian (London) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on 'architecting the end of AIDS' @HuffPostImpact #WAD2012"


"Unlike what the mainstream media usually focuses on, Kabul and other big cities of Afghanistan are alive with social and political activism, youth groups and cultural events."

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  • Palestinians gain new UN status in landslide vote
    The 193-nation United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted, 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions, to elevate the status of Palestinians at the world body to that of non-member observer state. The vote, on the 65th anniversary of the UN vote to partition British-ruled Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state, gives Palestinians the ability to join international bodies such as the International Criminal Court. The Washington Post (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Syria cease-fire up to Security Council, UN envoy says
    The United Nations envoy to Syria said that international peacekeepers would need to be deployed to the country in the event of during any cease-fire, with the burden on negotiating a solution on the Security Council. "The region is also not really capable, at this time, of helping for a peaceful solution. The place where a peaceful solution can be initiated is the Security Council," Lakhdar Brahimi said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Big Pharma out to improve image among poor
    The latest Access to Medicines Index reports that pharmaceuticals giants are changing perceptions in the developing world by offering discounts, conducting research on neglected diseases and being more transparent in clinical trials. "It is unclear whether the price reductions are enough to meaningfully increase affordability," says the report. The Guardian (London) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Effects of Malawi hunger are undramatic but lasting
    Hunger has become chronic in Malawi, where nearly 2 million people -- up 21% from a previous survey -- are living with malnutrition, especially children, writes Alexander Matheou. "These children may not die from hunger in this crisis, but they will suffer damage for the rest of their lives," Matheou writes. (Switzerland) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Study: Ice melt behind one-fifth of sea rise
    Ocean levels are up 11 millimeters over 20 years because of melting ice, with the fastest rates of loss in Greenland and western Antarctica, according to a study of research teams published Thursday. "Prior to now there'd been 30 to 40 different estimates of how the ice sheets are changing. ... So we've brought everybody together to produce a single estimate and it turns out that estimate is two to three times more reliable than the last one," said lead author Andrew Shepherd of Leeds University. BBC (11/29), The Guardian (London) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Rio de Janeiro's effort to clean up favelas
    Efforts by police in Rio de Janeiro have been largely successful in purging drug gangs from the city's favelas, paving the way for development after decades of neglect. But the initiative -- in advance of soccer's World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics -- has also been criticized for introducing police corruption and real estate speculation. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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