Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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On Eve Of U.N. Goal-Setting, AIDS Agency Claims Big Progress

Sep 23, 2013

Despite a plateau in funding by international donors, the United Nations AIDS agency reports striking progress in curbing new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS.

That progress — apparently due in large part to increases in affected countries' own anti-HIV spending — is fueled by a steady increase in the number of people getting antiviral drugs. Treatment not only prevents their death but can sharply reduce their risk of passing HIV to their sexual partners and children. It's "Treatment As Prevention," as the slogan goes.

UNAIDS says nearly 10 million people in low- and middle-income countries were getting anti-HIV drugs at the end of 2012 — almost a 20 percent increase in just one year.

Another report out Monday notes that funding from international donors has remained flat since 2008. Donor governments currently contribute $7.9 billion toward the pandemic response in low- and middle-income countries, with the United States accounting for $5 billion of that amount.

But self-funding by HIV/AIDS-affected countries has increased, and now accounts for more than half of the $19 billion in total global spending on the pandemic.

In its update of the HIV/AIDS global situation, UNAIDS says 2.3 million people are infected with the AIDS virus each year — a 33 percent reduction from the annual spread of HIV in 2001. New infections among children are down by a heartening 52 percent.

The UNAIDS report's release was timed in advance of a U.N. meeting this week that will review progress toward meeting 2015 targets for eight Millennium Development Goals set back in 2000. Curbing the HIV/AIDS pandemic is one of the eight big goals.

The U.N. meeting will begin to lay out new goals stretching beyond 2015. The process has sparked considerable lobbying by various groups to make sure their causes get due consideration on the agenda, a key tool in international fundraising.

"Hundreds of civil society groups, aid agencies, academics and representatives from the private sector are expected to be in New York to lobby [UN member states]," writes Liz Ford of The Guardian.

But Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAIDS, bravely asserts that the 2015 target of 15 million people on HIV treatment is within reach — even though current global resources on HIV/AIDS are billions of dollars short of what's needed.

"Not only can we meet the 2015 target ... we must also go on beyond and have the vision and commitment to ensure no one is left behind," Sibide says in a UNAIDS statement about the latest report.

The 2015 target is to get 15 million on antiretroviral treatment. That will cost about $23 billion a year — almost $3.5 billion more than current spending.

Meanwhile, the number of people needing HIV treatment has jumped to 28.3 million as the result of revised guidelines by the World Health Organization. That's 80 percent of the people in the world that UNAIDS estimates are infected with HIV. The new guidelines reflect research showing treatment can reduce new infections by up to 96 percent.

The new UNAIDS report says expanded HIV treatment has produced "dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV." Not only are new infections sharply down, but AIDS-related deaths dropped by 30 percent since mortality peaked in 2005. Deaths of people dually infected with HIV and tuberculosis have declined even more – by 36 percent.

Further expansion of HIV treatment is hindered by more than just funding limits. UNAIDS says persistent problems such as punitive laws, discrimination against people with HIV and users of addictive drugs, and gender inequality are obstacles against scaling up treatment.

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