Ban: Progress in AIDS Fight, But Gains 'Fragile'
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is praising the progress the world has made in combating AIDS, but warns "the gains remain fragile."
In a statement for Monday's World AIDS Day, Mr. Ban highlighted the importance of addressing gaps in access to treatment, particularly for children and young women who are not getting necessary care. He urged world leaders to do what is necessary to reach the goal of eradicating AIDS by 2030.
Worldwide, 35 million people are living with HIV, the virus the causes AIDS. The U.N. says 19 million of them do not know they are infected, and used World AIDS Day to call for closing the gap in testing and the availability of antiretroviral therapies.
Sub-Saharan Africa still accounts for more than 70 percent of the HIV-infected population, but new infections there have declined by one-third since 2005.
Meanwhile, infections have been rising during that period in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Pro-Europe Parties Lead in Moldova Elections
Results from parliamentary elections in Moldova show parties that want to pursue closer ties to Europe leading those that want closer relations with Russia.
With 85 percent of the vote counted early Monday, a group of pro-Europe parties had about 44 percent of the vote for the 101-member parliament.
The Socialist Party, which wants Moldova to work more with Russia, led individual parties with 21 percent, but overall pro-Russian parties trailed with a total of 39 percent.
Moldova signed a historic agreement with the European Union earlier this year, despite bitter opposition from Russia, which has troops stationed in the Russian-speaking breakaway region of Transdniestr.
The accord gave people in Moldova visa-free travel to Western Europe, access to a free trade zone and hundreds of millions of euros in funding. Russia retaliated with an embargo on imports of many Moldovan foods.
Moldova, one of Europe's smallest and poorest countries, is wedged between Ukraine and EU member Romania.