Top of the Morning: More Good News in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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Dramatic Progress Reported Against AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa

A new report from UNAIDS shows a in AIDS-related deaths fell by 38% in east and southern Africa between 2005 and 2011. “Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in southern and eastern Africa – among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001. The cause, they said was simple: The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment has increased tenfold, from 625,000 in 2005 to 6.3 million in 2012.” (VOA

Get Ready For More Violence in Egypt

The military-led government instructed security forces to end two large sit-ins by supporters of Mohammed Morsi. Things could get ugly. “In a televised statement, the interim cabinet said that the sit-ins in support of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, were disruptive and represented ‘a threat to the Egyptian national security and an unacceptable terrorizing of citizens.’…The interim cabinet’s televised statement, read by the country’s minister of media, Doreyya Sharaf el-Din, appeared intended to establish a legal basis for dispersing the sit-ins by force.” (NYT