The WHO had to apologize for a report that claimed half of all new HIV patients in Greece contracted the virus on purpose to get state benefits—but the blunder obscures the real crisis.
In an unprecedented blunder, the World Health Organization has had to apologize after accidentally accusing half of new HIV patients in Greece of self-inflicting for the purpose of benefits fraud. Citing the Greek economic crisis and a payout of $1000 a month for HIV treatment, WHO charged that the reason the Greek HIV rates had increased so significantly was because people were desperate for government help and the HIV program remained one of the few that hadn’t been cut by the government.
The real losers in Honduras’s hotly-contested presidential election are ousted president Manuel Zelaya and the ghost of Hugo Chavez.
As presidential contests go, the top job in Honduras would hardly seem a prize. The country is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, trailing only Haiti, with two-thirds of the population living at the poverty line or below. Its fragile institutions and chronic political disarray have created the perfect petri dish for some of the nastiest drug lords in the world. Some 86 of every 100,000 Hondurans are murdered every year, according to the United Nations, making this land of 8.
Beijing is furious that two American bomber planes flew over disputed airspace this week—a show of solidarity with Japan. How far will the war of words escalate?
The United States confronted Chinese territorial aggression Tuesday by flying a pair of B-52 bombers directly through airspace Beijing had tried to impose control over at the weekend.China declared that foreign aircraft entering an area over the East China Sea without notifying their officials and maintaining radio contact would be subjected to "defensive emergency measures." The Pentagon disregarded the order and sent two huge planes to pass over a group of tiny uninhabited islands south-west of Japan.
A huge scandal is sweeping through Japan’s banking industry after revelations that major banks have been loaning money to yakuza and yakuza-backed businesses.
Japan’s mega banks are in mega yakuza trouble. What started as a small scandal at Mizuho Bank has now turned into a wildfire of revelations and speculations about Japan’s financial institutions conducting business with the Japanese mafia. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) is currently conducting an emergency inspection of Japan’s three largest lenders, including Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group looking for loans to the yakuza or other “anti-social forces.
In the chaos of civil war, Syria’s Kurds are managing to do the unthinkable—drive out foreign fighters, avoid provoking Assad and start establishing a pocket of stability.
Qamishli, SyriaIt is a rare sight in war-torn Syria—children clutching bags or wearing small backpacks, walking singly or in groups to still-intact schools for a day of classes.And yet, here in Qamishli and other towns and villages nearby, it is a common scene now that Kurdish militias have cleared the area of jihadists.In other northern and eastern provinces, warfare between rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian government forces has wreaked such massive destruction on the countryside, there are no schools or teachers available to hold classes.
The celebrity chef—who famously divorced her magnate husband after he was seen grabbing her throat in the tabloids—has been accused of drug habits that left him ‘astonished.’
Nigella Lawson used cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills daily for more than a decade, a court in London heard Tuesday.The TV chef filed for divorce from her husband Charles Saatchi, an art collector, earlier this year citing his unreasonable behavior after a photograph showing his hand around her throat was published by a British newspaper. A west London court has now heard claims that the 53-year-old presenter of ABC TV cooking show The Taste had a voracious appetite for illicit drugs and prescription pills.
The Kremlin cheated on a nuclear pact it signed with the United States, the U.S. government believes—and Secretary Kerry was briefed on the violations almost a year ago.
Congressional leaders are acting to force the Obama administration to confront Russia on its violations of a nuclear treaty that U.S. officials have acknowledged since 2012. On November 27 of that year, two top Obama administration officials held a closed-door hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry, who only months later would become President Obama’s secretary of state. Inside the top-secret hearing, acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon told lawmakers that Russia had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to two U.
Sanctions relief—but hardly any political prisoners released? The country’s fractured democratic opposition is divided on whether the Geneva agreement will bode well for its struggle.
On November 20, President François Hollande of France received two letters from leading Iranian dissidents about the nuclear negotiations in Geneva.Heshmatollah Tabarzadi and Emadeddin Baghi, Iranian dissidents who have both recently been in prison, had strikingly divergent advice for Hollande. Baghi urged the president to support the nuclear deal. In strong language, he said France’s earlier opposition to the agreement with Iran “makes the task of Iran’s human rights activists even harder.
Pakistani-American Shahan Mufti set out to investigate the poisoned relationship between his two countries in his powerful new memoir about terrorism and family history.
“If we meet at a party in New York you might ask me where I’m from,” Shahan Mufti wonders at the start of The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War. He has two answers. Born in Ohio to Pakistani parents, Mufti calls himself “100 percent American and 100 percent Pakistani,” his life “a year here, four years there, five months here, two weeks there.” Sorting out origins and identity are how Mufti narrates a history of modern Pakistan and the political turmoil of a country often described by some variation of “the world’s most dangerous place.
With the Bilateral Security Agreement between Kabul and Washington in limbo, Taliban commanders say any continued U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan will ensure ‘jihad forever.’
The wizened, battle-hardened Taliban commander, who has been fighting for Mullah Mohammad Omar for the past 15 years, had been considering an option over the past year that he never would have imagined before. He had heard that U.S. and coalition military forces would likely be withdrawing voluntarily from the country by the end of next year. If that proved to be true, he thought, he would seriously contemplate the possibility of leaving the insurgency and trusting that a peace treaty between the Taliban and the Afghan government could be hammered out in the absence of foreign forces.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.