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Stigma for Central America’s HIV-positive kids

Four-year-old Carlos, who makes a lengthy trip every two weeks with his teenage aunt to a special clinic in El Salvador’s capital, has no notion of the cruel stigma that comes with his HIV diagnosis. Governments and aid groups across the region are organizing official parades and cultural events Saturday…

South Africa marks World AIDS Day with record ribbon

South Africa, home to the world’s largest HIV caseload, on Saturday unveiled a 1.5 kilometre AIDS ribbon in Johannesburg, with activists and officials pledging to curb the epidemic. Created from over 6,000 red T-shirts pinned together, the ribbon was rolled out at Constitution Hill, which houses the country’s Constitutional Court,…

Israeli settlement expansion ‘sets back’ peace bid: Clinton

The United States criticized Israel’s decision to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling it a setback for peace. The White House earlier called the move — which came in response to a historic vote in the UN General…

Give back our money, savers yell at Spain banks

Furious Spaniards who say banks cheated them of their savings took to the streets Saturday demanding that the bailed-out lenders give them their money back. “Thieves! Where is our money?” bellowed a crowd of some 1,000 protesters, many of them elderly, outside the central bank in Madrid before marching on…

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on ‘old’ party reputation

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on 'old' party reputation Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office today, but when Mexicans chose him as president in July, they voted for more than just a presidential platform. Voters elected to bring back to power a party that ran the…

Australia bans ‘branded’ packaging of cigarettes

Starting on Dec. 1, it will be illegal in Australia to sell cigarettes in “branded” packaging, reported Al Jazeera. Instead, the government has created a variety of standardized packages for all manufacturers. “Australia’s government has taken away that flash of color and brand,” says Al Jazeera. The companies attempted to…

Top secret British colonial files missing, some potentially destroyed

Some 170 boxes of top secret files on Britain’s former colonial administrations have gone missing, while those relating to Singapore may have been destroyed in the 1990s, the government said Friday. In a statement to parliament, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister David Lidington said the department knew the files had…

Facebook page tracking sex offenders infringes human rights, says Irish judge

A Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles has been removed after a judge in Northern Ireland ruled that it risked infringing the human rights of a convicted sex offender. The man, who cannot be identified, started legal proceedings against the social networking site after discovering his photograph and threatening…

North Korean news agency claims ‘unicorn lair’ of ancient leader discovered

Normally, North Korea’s official state news agency is the place to go for reports ranging from the reclusive totalitarian state’s unparalleled scientific achievements to the limitless love which its inhabitants reserve for their successive leaders. Yet in what appears to be a genuine world exclusive, the inimitable Korean Central News…

Unregulated ‘natural’ label on wine stirs confusion, controversy

Natural wine? Who could possibly object? With a desire for healthy, sustainable food stimulating trends like the farm to table movement and Slow Food, natural wine is positioning itself as the perfect accompaniment. But according to some experts, the unregulated use of the term ‘natural’ is misleading gullible consumers as…

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