The director of the U.N. AIDS program has marked World AIDS Day (today/Thursday) by urging the international community to do all it can to fight the deadly disease.
Dr. Peter Piot (the Executive Director of U.N. AIDS) said the latest global figures show signs of hope, with adult infection rates decreasing in a few nations, notably Kenya and Zimbabwe and some Caribbean countries.
President Bush has vigorously
defended his Iraq war strategy, refusing to set a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals and calling for patience as American forces train Iraqis to provide security in their country. Mr. Bush outlined his "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" during a speech Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The United States has frozen the assets of three suspected members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group based in the Philippines. In Washington Wednesday, the Treasury Department ordered U.S. banks to freeze any assets belonging to the three militants. The order also bars American citizens from making any transactions with the three men, identified as Jainal Antel Sali (Junior), Rudalan Sahrion and Isnilon Totoni Hapilon.
Authorities in Bangladesh say at least one person has been killed and at least 19 others injured in a bomb blast north of the capital, Dhaka, during a national strike to protest recent suicide attacks. Police say the explosion occurred today (Thursday) at a police checkpoint near a court building in Gazipur, 30 kilometers north of the captial. The court complex was the same place where at least six people were killed and 50 others injured in a suicide bombing on Tuesday.
Residents in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi say insurgents have attacked a U.S base and several government buildings. The attack occurred as local tribal leaders and U.S. military officials were to hold their second meeting in a week at the governor's office in the city center.
Chinese police have detained two Communist Party officials in charge of a coal mine where at least 164 people died in an explosion Sunday.
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