- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2003

KENYA

Access to AIDS drugs called emergency

NAIROBI — The World Health Organization said yesterday that the lack of access to anti-AIDS drugs is a global health emergency.

It said only 5 percent of the 6 million people with HIV in developing countries who would benefit from antiretrovirals were being treated. In sub-Saharan Africa, where most of those people live, only about 50,000 are receiving the life-prolonging drugs, the WHO said.



The agency is calling on all its partners to adopt its target of 3 million patients on antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2005, Dr. Paulo Teixeira, director of the organization’s HIV/AIDS department, told reporters at the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa.

NIGERIA

Court to rule today in stoning case

KATSINA — A Nigerian Islamic court will pronounce a verdict today on single mother Amina Lawal’s appeal against a sentence that she be stoned to death for adultery, court officials said.

Mrs. Lawal was convicted of adultery after she bore her fourth child, daughter Wasila, out of wedlock. Adultery carries a death sentence under Nigeria’s strict Islamic law.

SUDAN

Government, rebels reach security pact

NAIVASHA, Kenya — Sudan’s government and the country’s biggest rebel group said yesterday that they had cleared the main stumbling block in peace talks aimed at ending a 20-year-old war that has killed 2 million people.

Security had been the biggest problem in almost three weeks of peace talks in Kenya between Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Muhammad Taha and John Garang, leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

LIBERIA

Rebel leader returns from 5-year exile

MONROVIA — The leader of Liberia’s main rebel movement has returned to the troubled West African country after nearly five years in exile in neighboring Guinea, his group said yesterday.

Sekou Damate Conneh, who has led Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) since last year, arrived Tuesday in Tubmanburg.

GUINEA-BISSAU

New leaders mark independence day

BISSAU — Guinea-Bissau yesterday marked the 30th year of independence from Portugal with a new president and prime minister, named by the military junta that toppled President Kumba Yala in a coup 10 days ago.

The man named as president, Henrique Rosa, 48, is a businessman who led the national election commission in 1994 during the first free ballot in that country.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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