- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 3, 2002

AIDS epidemic will kill 70 million, U.N. says
NEW YORK AIDS will kill 70 million people over the next 20 years unless rich nations step up their efforts to curb the disease, the United Nations warned yesterday in a report showing that epidemic is still in its early stages.
More than 40 million people worldwide have AIDS or are infected with HIV, the virus that causes the disease up from 34 million two years ago and infection rates are climbing, said the latest report from UNAIDS, the agency that coordinates U.N. AIDS programs.

Bin Laden, Omar alive, Afghan official says
KABUL, Afghanistan Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar are still alive, but there is no information on their whereabouts, Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah said .
"Our complete understanding is that Osama bin Laden, and his friend, Mullah Omar, are unfortunately still alive," he said.

Argentine leader moves up election
BUENOS AIRES Argentina's caretaker leader, Eduardo Duhalde, will bring forward the presidential election by six months to March 2003, effectively stepping down early amid public anger about his economic policies.
Mr. Duhalde, appointed in January to guide Argentina through to elections originally scheduled for September 2003, was to address the nation yesterday.

Iraqi official in Austria for talks with Annan
VIENNA, Austria Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri is in Austria for talks later this week with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to push for a lifting of the 12-year-old embargo on his country.
Mr. Sabri was greeted on his arrival Monday by Austria's far-right leader Joerg Haider in the absence of any Foreign Ministry official, the APA news agency reported.

European police smash Internet porn network
THE HAGUE European police swooped on a suspected Internet child pornography ring with raids in seven countries yesterday, the European Union's police agency Europol said.
Police seized suspects, computers, CDs and videos in raids in Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
British police said "Operation Twins" targeted suspected members of the world's most technically sophisticated Internet child- porn network yet detected.
Philippine official balks at U.S. troops' presence
MANILA The Philippine vice president resigned yesterday as the country's foreign minister because of differences with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over the presence of U.S. troops in the country.
"The resignation stemmed from an honest difference of opinion concerning policies," a joint statement by Vice President Teofisto Guingona and Mrs. Arroyo said. "Since the president is the chief architect of foreign policy, the vice president yields."
Mr. Guingona, however, will remain vice president.


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