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YANGON: Starved of funds and medicine during decades of military rule, doctors at a clinic in Yangon offer their usual advice to one of Myanmar's newest HIV patients come back when you're sicker. In a country with one of Southeast Asia's biggest armies but a healthcare system in tatters, scarce antiretroviral drugs are given only to those with the advanced form of the illness. "If I don't get the treatment, I'm worried the disease will get worse," a 47-year-old farmer told AFP at the clinic run by charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) after she was diagnosed with the virus. During almost half a century of military rule which officially ended last year, Myanmar's junta generously funnelled cash to the armed forces but presided over one of the world's lowest outlays on public health. Non-governmental organisations and patients using their own money have scrambled to plug the gap, but with limited success given ...

TEHRAN: Tehran has "no reason" to suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent one of the key demands of world powers engaging Iran in talks the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation said. "We have no reason to cede on 20 percent, because we produce only as much of the 20 percent fuel as we need. No more, no less," Fereydoon Abbasi Davani was quoted as saying late Saturday by the ISNA and Mehr news ...
KABUL: Four NATO soldiers have been killed in bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said Sunday. The soldiers died "following separate improvised explosive device attacks" on Saturday, ISAF said in a statement, without providing further details or the nationalities of the victims. The latest deaths take the toll among NATO troops in Afghanistan this year to 169 and the total in 10 years of war to 3,016, according to an AFP count based ...
NEW DELHI: India said it may stop European carriers from flying into the country if the European Union bans airlines from the South Asian nation that boycott the EU's new emissions fee system. "We will take retaliatory actions to counter steps taken by the EU. If Europe bans our carriers we will ban theirs as well," the senior government official, who did not want to be named, told reporters late Friday. The EU in mid-May gave India ...
KABUL: Afghanistan's parliament approved on Saturday a strategic pact between Kabul and Washington, clearing the way for a US presence in the country for at least a decade after most foreign combat troops leave in 2014. "This was done for the interest of Afghanistan," said Daoud Kalakani, an MP from Kabul. Around 180 MPs were present and only four voted against, Kalakani said. The deal, signed by US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai in Kabul ...
PARIS: Astronomers are gearing for one the rarest events in the Solar System: an alignment of Earth, Venus and the Sun that will not be seen for another 105 years. The celestial ballet known as the Transit of Venus is one of the most eagerly-awaited events in skywatching, an episode that has advanced the frontiers of knowledge, sometimes with dramatic consequences. "For centuries, the Transit of Venus has been one of the great moments for astronomers," said ...
VIENNA: Analysts have played down the UN atomic agency's discovery of higher-grade uranium traces in Iran, saying it was likely due to a technical glitch rather than a covert attempt to enrich to arms grade. The agency's latest report, seen by AFP on Friday, did however say that satellite imagery showed "extensive activity" at the Parchin military site, which it said could hamper investigating claims of suspected nuclear weapons research there. The International Atomic Energy Agency also ...


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