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Is the end of AIDS in sight?

Fewer people are contracting HIV in poor and middle-income countries, and more people already afflicted are being kept alive by antiretroviral drugs, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. In a report released Tuesday, the agency charts progress over the past decade in 25 countries. Last year, 1.7 million deaths were attributed to AIDS, down from 2.3 million in 2005. "We are moving from despair to hope," said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS chief. AlertNet/Reuters (11/20), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/20), CNN/The Chart blog (11/20), Health-e (South Africa) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



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"I recently caught up with the head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Lasdous. There are currently 16 UN peacekeeping operations fielding about 120,000 personnel across 4 continents."

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  • UN: Greenhouse gases too great to meet target
    The level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere exceeds by 14% the maximum for limiting increases in temperature this century to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme. "The report provides a sobering assessment of the gulf between ambition and reality," says UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. BBC (11/21), ClimateCentral.org (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bangladesh maneuvering in Grameen tug of war
    There is concern that the Bangladeshi government is seeking to take greater control of the the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank, which could hurt the 8.3 million women who comprise the majority of shareholders. This year, a law was amended to give government appointees more power over the microfinance institution. The Guardian (London) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wildlife ivory casualties resonate in photos
    South African photographer Brent Stirton says he's not an animal photographer, but his images of rhinos and elephants that have been killed or wounded in the illegal ivory trade have garnered attention. "[P]eople perceive the innocence of animals. A lot of us have given up on humans, and we're jaded about human suffering. But when we see that happening to an animal, we're more indignant," he says in an interview. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • M23 rebels set eyes on DR Congo capital
    M23 rebels who have seized control of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma say they intend to "liberate" the nation by marching on Bukavu and the capital, Kinshasa. Tens of thousands of residents have fled Goma, which the rebels seized despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers, who told Reuters that they yielded to the rebels after Congolese troops retreated. The UN Security Council condemned the Goma takeover. BBC (11/21), The Washington Post/WorldViews blog (11/20), AlertNet/Reuters (11/21), Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
 
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  • Celebrities join #GivingTuesday movement to inspire nationwide day of giving
    A diverse group of musicians, actors, athletes, artists and the nation's top creative talents are joining the #GivingTuesday movement to help inspire the first national day dedicated to giving coinciding with the Holiday season. Some of the top stars who are supporting their favorite charities include Charlize Theron, Linkin Park, Marie Osmond and Steve Nash. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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