South African Child ‘Virtually Cured’ of HIV.

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Approximately 36.7 million people are living with HIV globally, but only 53 percent are receiving antiretroviral therapy.

Over time the levels of the virus became undetectable and her treatment was stopped after 40 weeks.

Doctors in South Africa are reporting that a 9-year-old girl, who was infected with HIV at birth, has “seemingly been cured.”

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Following her birth, she was given a round of treatment and has been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of an active virus. Most people need a daily dose of treatment to manage the virus and prevent it from destroying their immune system and or developing into Aids.

Over time, levels of the virus became undetectable and her treatment was stopped after 40 weeks. But, unlike anybody else on the study – the virus has not returned.

Early therapy, which attacks the virus before it has a chance to fully establish itself, has been cited in child “cure” cases twice before.

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Over Half of People with HIV Taking AIDS Drugs: UN.

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A nurse hands a red ribbon to a woman to mark World Aids Day at Emilio Ribas Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil Dec. 1, 2014.

Despite the progress, more work still needs to be done.

The United Nations said in a report released Thursday the “scales have tipped” for the first time in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now on drugs to treat the virus.

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According to the report, about 19.5 million of the 36.5 million people who are HIV-positive were taking AIDS drugs in 2016, compared to 17.1 million the previous year.

“We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target,” said Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honor our commitment of leaving no one behind.”

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Support for Venezuela at Sandinista Celebrations in Nicaragua.

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Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo and her husband President Daniel Ortega host the 38th Sandinista Revolution celebrations in Managua, Nicaragua, July 19, 2017

Regional leaders back Caracas and criticize threatened U.S. sanctions.

Thousands of Sandinistas and state workers from all over Nicaragua have been celebrating the 38th anniversary of the popular revolution that overthrew the U.S. backed dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle on July 19, 1979.

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The crowds filled the capital Managua’s Plaza La Fe square, to listen to speeches by the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega as well as his Bolivian and El Salvadorean counterparts, Evo Morales and Salvador Sanchez Cerren.

Ortega praised his country and said “Thank you Nicaragua! May Viva Nicaragua blessed, socialist, Christian and always free!….there is no alternative but the integration and unity of Latin America and the Caribbean”.

The former Sandinista guerilla then went on to lend his support to Venezuela.

Ortega backed the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ahead of the country’s National Constitutent Assembly vote at the end of the month and criticised external interference.

He said “On this day when threats that we have known throughout history continue to be repeated against those who are trying to build their own path, what can we say to the brothers of the Republic of Venezuela? We tell you that we are with you. It is a popular government, it was elected by the Venezuelan people, it was not elected in another country.”

The U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose economic sanctions if the Maduro government persists in holding on the July 30 election.

Ortega then slammed Washington’s threats, “How many wars have they launched in the world throughout history. What results have they had? Vietnam is the greatest expression of the failure of imperialist policy.”

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Venezuela Opposition Attacks Nursery at VTV, Forcing Evacuation.

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Police post set on fire by opposition protesters.

Violent opposition supporters set fire to a police post across the street from the TV station.

The nursery at the Venezuela Television offices in Los Ruices in eastern Caracas was evacuated after the channel was threatened by violent opposition protesters who threw rocks into the nursey’s garden and set a police post on fire across the street from the station.

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The attack was repelled by VTV workers themselves before the national guard arrived to arrest six people involved in the attempted assault.

Workers were seen coming out of the building to defend the station and freedom of the press in Venezuela, dismantling barricades set up by opposition forces in their efforts to shut down the city.

President Nicolas Maduro blamed the attack squarely on the mayor of the municipality of Sucre, “I blame Carlos Ocariz for this attack and I call for swift justice in this case.”

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People’s Summit Opens to Counter Neoliberal Mercosur Agenda

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Demonstrators march to participate in the central meeting of the Peoples
More than 80 organizations will be part of the event in Argentina from all over the region.

Ahead of the Mercosur summit in Argentina, social movements are holding their own People’s Summit Thursday in the city of Mendoza to oppose the regional bloc’s right-wing turn and its neoliberal agenda.

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The political gathering, held in the Faculty of Arts and Design, National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, is focused on four main issues, including regional sovereignty, natural resources, foreign interference and colonialism.

The topics related to the neoliberal policies imposed by President Mauricio Macri in Argentina and the recent labor reform approved by the lower chamber in Brazil will be addressed as well.

“The decision to organize and convene this People’s Summit is based on the need to face the challenges that arise from the current regional situation and the advance of the right, supported by representatives of neocolonialism, and needs as an inseparable element of its goal of domination, to destroy the popular processes that occurred in recent years,” a statement from the group said.

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Sao Paulo Forum, Meeting of Latin America’s Left, Defends Venezuela

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  • Jose Balaguer of Cuba

    Jose Balaguer of Cuba’s Communist Party (L), Mónica Valente of Brazil’s Workers’ Party (C) and Jacinto Suarez of Nicaragua’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (R).

     The delegates affirmed that “calling the people to vote” is the best way to decide the future of a country, referring to Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.

Hundreds of participants from Latin America and the Caribbean’s left forces gathered at the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum in Managua, Nicaragua affirmed Tuesday their support for Venezuela and its National Constituent Assembly proposed by President Nicolas Maduro.

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Forum participants pledged to send election observers to Venezuela on July 30, when elections for the National Constituent Assembly will take place.

“We will send an electoral observer mission to the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, because we support it,” Brazil’s Workers’ Party President Gleisi Hoffmann said.

During the Forum’s closing, Hoffman pressed that “calling the people to vote” is the best way to decide the future of a country.

The participants of the event have pledged to provide an electoral oberver mission during the National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela proposed by President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: EFE


The four-day convention also saw the representatives of 18 leftist political parties from 26 countries issue a number of resolutions in a 24-page document titled “Consensus of our America.”

The document expressed support for the defense of the peace negotiation process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, an end to the revived U.S. blockade on Cuba and support for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, who has been accused of corruption by Brazil’s right-wing, coup-imposed government.

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US May Consider Banning Oil From Venezuela, a Top Supplier.

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A Venezuelan petroleum worker processes crude oil at a government-run center.

If Washington decides to ban oil imports from Venezuela, it would lose its third major oil supplier in the world.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump may consider banning oil imports from Venezuela if the country moves forward with its July 30 National Constituent Assembly, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

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A senior White House official said that “all options are on the table” when asked if such a ban was possible. Moreover, Trump’s administration has reportedly not taken a position on whether Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro should be sent into exile.

“We have not made final decisions but we have a pretty good idea of the direction we are heading,” the official added.

The revelation comes a day after Washington issued sanction threats against Caracas.

“If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions,” Trump said in a statement on Monday.

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El Salvador’s FMLN Defends Venezuela Amid US Sanction Threats.

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El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren defended Maduro at Nicaragua

The Salvadoran president stated his country support for the Constituent Assembly.

El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren expressed his support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after the United States threatened a new round of sanctions if the sovereign country goes ahead with its National Constituent Assembly on July 30.

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“I want to express our great solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan process,” Ceren stated from Nicaragua where he is participating in the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista popular revolution and the Sao Paulo Forum.

“The Venezuelan process is preparing for elections to elect the Constituent Assembly, a process that Venezuela has always pursued by following the will of the people,” the Salvadoran president added.

In a White House briefing Tuesday, U.S. director for South America’s National Security Council Fernando Cutz informed the press that if the Constituent Assembly goes ahead, the United States would impose severe sanctions against the Bolivarian nation.

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US Promises Robust Actions Against Venezuela.

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Donald Trump has promised " strong and swift economic action" if Venezuela continues with the National Constituent Assembly.

Fernando Cutz, the director for South America of Donald Trump’s National Security Council,

Trump’s man for South America has promised robust measures against Venezuela but refused to give details in a White House briefing Tuesday.

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Fernando Cutz, the director for South America of Donald Trump’s National Security Council, told journalists that no decision has yet been taken on new sanctions against Venezuela, so he was not prepared to discuss specific actions or the names of individuals or entities that might be targeted. Cutz was answering questions from the media in a telephone briefing after President Trump threatened to take “strong and swift economic action” if the Venezuelan government continues with elections for a Constituent Assembly on July 30.

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America Venezuela Armed Forces Reject Interference in Internal Affairs.

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Mural of Venezuela

The minister also denounced opposition street actions that set people on fire, attack medical and educational centers and attempt to destroy cities.

The Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez stated in a press conference Wednesday that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela strongly rejects the interference of western powers in the internal affairs of the country.

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“The FANB categorically rejects the alliance of governments operating against the nation and repudiates as firmly as possible the statements of (U.S. President Donald) Trump who, in an affront to Venezuela has dared to threaten the Venezuelan people with imposing economic sanctions on the government if it goes ahead with its Constituent Assembly. It is a shameless and vile statement that represents clear meddling in the internal affairs of the country.”

The minister also denounced the opposition that calls its supporters into the streets, leading to violence that “sets people on fire, attacks medical and educational centers, and attempts to destroy cities.”

Stating the firm anti-imperialist character of the armed forces, Padrino called on the military to close ranks against these interventionists attacks.

The military official also described how forces will be deployed starting Friday to distribute electoral equipment to the over 14,000 polling centers in the country ahead of the CNA vote on July 30.

Vice President Tareck El Aissami also denounced Trump’s interventionist plans, stating that the civic-military alliance will be activated on July 21 to ensure the safe and free participation of the Venezuelan people during the vote.

The statement came after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro led a session of the National Defense Council Tuesday night at the Miraflores Presidential Palace aimed at developing strategies to defend Venezuela’s sovereignty after Trump promised “swift and strong actions” if Venezuela decided to proceed with elections for the National Constituent Assembly.

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Maduro criticized Trump’s threats as “vulgar,” arguing “the process of the constituent assembly is already in the hands of the people who will exercise their right to vote.”

“This is my response, the constituent assembly does not belong to me. On July 16 the people said this constituent assembly belongs to me,” added Maduro, referring to the historic dry run vote where million

Maduro’s call for the National Defense Council after the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry in a statement rejected the U.S. government’s “unbelievable” comments on Venezuela that “shows its absolute bias towards the violent and extremist sectors of Venezuelan politics, which favor the use of terrorism to overthrow a popular and democratic government.”

The ministry was referring to a statement issued Monday by President Donald Trump, who said, “If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions.”

Trump’s threats were repeated by the U.S. State Department which released a statement calling on “the Government of Venezuela to abandon the proposed National Constituent Assembly. ”

“The thin democratic veil of the Venezuelan opposition has fallen, and it reveals the brutal interventionist force of the U.S. government, which has been behind the violence suffered by the Venezuelan people in the last four months. It is not the first time that we denounce and confront threats as ludicrous as those contained in this unbelievable document,” the statement added.

The document called on the people of the world to defend sovereignty, self-determination and independence.

“The National Constituent Assembly will be elected by the direct, universal, and secret ballot of all Venezuelans, under the authority of the National Electoral Council, as contemplated in our legal framework. It is an act of political sovereignty of the Republic, nothing and no one can stop it. The Constituent Assembly will go on!” the statement concluded.

The threats come after record high numbers turned out to participate in the historic dry run vote for the ANC, which is aimed at easing tensions and creating a more representative constitution. Despite the mass show of public support, the event was largely ignored, as international leaders continued to criticize the Venezuelan government and demand immediate elections.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer called on Miraflores to cancel the ANC and convene “free and fair elections.”

EU diplomat Federica Mogherini likewise urged President Nicolas Maduro to suspend plans to convene the ANC, noting that the move would be “an important gesture” toward de-escalating tensions.

This message was echoed by Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who penned an opinion piece for Spanish newspaper El Mundo criticizing the Venezuelan government.

Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro chimed in Tuesday, saying that if the ANC went ahead it would be inappropriate, and he demanded that the assembly be canceled.

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