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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A8 BRANDON July 2002 UN issues dire warning on UNITED NATIONS The world is only at the beginning of the which is spreading rapidly in southern Eastern Europe and the worlds most popu lous countries India and a new UN report said Even in Europe and North unsafe sex is leading to higher rates of the report by the UN agency that coordinates global AIDSfighting efforts Despite assumptions of scientists that this epidemic will reach some natural saturation to say the we are not there Peter head of told a news con ference Its clear that we are only at the beginning of this epidem the largest epidemic in human he Piot said countries in southern Africa are among the worst In the ratio of adults infected by HIV has accelerated to one in three in the last two In 39 per cent of the adult population is infected with up from 36 per cent in he The epidemic is exacerbating an impending famine in southern Africa that endangers the lives of some 12 million he Many of those infected are agricultur al he Unsafe sex in Europe and North America are leading to higher rates of with Eastern Europe suffering from the highest increase new cases last Although the rate of AIDSrelated deaths has fallen in the United States due to progress in are infect ed with the virus each he That figure has remained constant over the last 10 he So there has been basically no progress in Piot the figures speak horrors between 2000 and 68 million have died of AIDS in the 45 mostaffect ed countries five times the number of deaths in the previous two In 2001 an estimated three million people died of Most of those infected live in the developing where fewer than four per cent had access to HIVfighting antiretro viral drugs at the end of last the report It appealed for greater involvement by governments and the private The good news Funding has increased sixfold since 1998 and nearly 100 countries have come up with national AIDS Piot Press ASSOCIATED PRESS Pilot Steve Fossetts Bud Lite Spirit of Freedom balloon floats at meters the coast of South Fossett drifted into aviation history yesterday becoming the first person to fly a balloon solo around the Millionaire completes global solo balloon quest Australia In dark skies high above the ocean south of American adventurer Steve Fossett reached the milestone he has chased for more than six years becoming the first person to fly a bal loon solo around the Steve has crossed the finishing said mission controller Joe Ritchie as Fossetts silvery Spirit of Freedom bal loon crossed east of 117 degrees longi tude at metres to complete the cir cumnavigation after six attempts at the The 58yearold Chicago investment millionaire covered kilometres on the according to his Web It is a wonderful time for said a calmsounding Fossett by telephone from his cramped where he has spent two weeks living on militarylike breathing from oxygen cylinders and using a bucket as a Finally after six flights I have succeeded and it is a very satisfying Fossett was already planning his next adventure flying a glider up to the stratosphere above metres from southern New He could launch that attempt later this Having learned from previous fail this time around Fossett had plen ty of enough and his route was mapped out to avoid rogue The meticulous preparation com bined with helpful weather made the flight almost The best flight is not the most excit ing This flight has been Ritchie said from Fossetts mission con trol at Washington The begun June 18 in west ern took exactly 13 12 16 minutes and 13 Fossett was planning to continue drifting across Australia for up to 18 more hours until he finds a safe place to Press Jury has girl gangraped to punish her brother Pakistan A Pakistani tribal council ordered an 18yearold girl to be gangraped in order to punish her family after her brother was seen walking with a girl from a higher class police said The private Human Rights Commission of Pakistan demanded that all those involved in the which took place June 22 in the village of Meerwala in southern Punjab be Police said the victims father had filed criminal charges against the four men involved in the Police said they picked up eight relatives of the suspects to pressure the per petrators into According to the the Mastoi tribe demanded punish ment after her 11yearold brother was seen walking unchap eroned with a Mastoi girl in a deserted part of the The boy and his sister are from the lower class Gujar The Mastoi tribe called a meeting of the tribal which ordered the girl to be raped to avenge their tribal hon The teenager said she was taken to a hut and assaulted as hundreds of Mastois stood outside laughing and Pakistan has a tradition of tribal justice in which crimes cr affronts to dignity are punished outside the framework of the The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has demanded an end to punishments by tribal IN BRIEF Marines busted in major drug case WASHINGTON AP Authorities in North Carolina have seized million worth of narcotics and convicted more than 80 marines and navy sailors of using or dis tributing designer officials It was one of the biggest drug inves tigations involving the military in recent Although narcotics cases in the military are not they usual ly involve smaller numbers of The twoyear investigation began in February 2000 after Camp Lejeune officials were alerted that a large num ber of service members were frequent ing clubs in where designer drugs were The drugs involved were LSD and Marine Corps officials The operation included 105 sepa rate investigations and ended June Orphaned orca ready for family reunion SEATTLE AP An orphaned female orca has passed all medical tests and is ready to be reunited with her family in Canadian officials said Shes got a her bags are packed and were just waiting for word from the said Brian a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries researchers gave results of the orcas final medical tests to their Canadian counterparts over the week The whale has no communicable An itchy skin condition and internal problem that made her breath smell like paint thinner are Shes behaving like a active young Gorman Officials hope the 560kilogram killer whale will rejoin her or when they make their annual summer visit to waters east of Vancouver Saudi prineess fined for pushing maid AP A Saudi princess accused of pushing her maid down a flight of stairs was fined US and put on probation in a nocon test plea accepted in court Princess Buniah a niece of King is in Saudi Arabia and didnt appear at the fiveminute hearing in which her attorneys didnt contest a misdemeanour battery charge filed in Florida Circuit By pleading no a defendant doesnt admit or deny guilt but agrees to a She was put on unsu pervised The plea marked an aboutface for who returned to Saudi Arabia after promising a judge that she would come back to the for trial in order to clear her She had been living in Orlando while studying 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