Are we winning the fight against HIV?


By Vanessa Barford BBC News, Washington DC Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has confirmed he is living with HIV in a US television interview. The development of new drugs means the diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, but are we winning the global fight against HIV? How common is it? More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with ...

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Afghanistan’s first female conductor

Afghanistan first female conductor

By Shaimaa Khalil BBC News, Kabul For many years, the Taliban banned music and the education of girls in Afghanistan – and although many women still find themselves restricted, one 17-year-old has become the country’s first female conductor. Kabul is a noisy place with helicopters, sirens, and heavy traffic. But walking into a building in one of the city’s quieter ...

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Sam Smith’s James Bond theme makes UK chart history

Sam Smith is the first solo male British act to perform a Bond film's theme song since 1965

BBC News : Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall has made history by becoming the first Bond theme to reach number one in the UK. The track achieved combined chart sales and streams of 70,000 copies – 13,000 ahead of its closest competitor, Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? The previous highest-charting Bond themes were Adele’s Skyfall and Duran Duran’s ...

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William Ash: The cooler king

William Ash

BBC News : World War Two threw up many extraordinary characters. But even among this exalted company William Ash – the model for the character played by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape – stands out, writes the author of a new biography, Patrick Bishop. Ash was an American who, while his country was still reluctant to enter the war, ...

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