MELBOURNE/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The world of AIDS research was in shock on Friday after dozens of leading HIV experts were feared killed when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine, fuelling concerns that research on curing the disease could suffer.
Among them was Joep Lange, who researched the condition for more than 30 years and was considered a giant in the field, admired for his tireless advocacy for access to affordable AIDS drugs for HIV positive patients living in poor countries.
AMSTERDAM, July 18 (Reuters) – The Dutch nation mourned at
least 173 citizens lost in the Ukrainian air disaster in sorrow
rather than anger on Friday, holding back from immediately
pointing the figure of blame.
In a country which values restraint and avoids public
displays of strong emotion, politicians and media stuck largely
to reflecting sombrely on those who died when the Malaysian jet
came down on Thursday, including some noted citizens.
BRUSSELS/QUITO July 17 (Reuters) – Ecuador sealed a
free-trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, giving the
Andean nation greater access to the EU’s 500 million consumers
and offering the EU’s fragile economy another market for its
cars, whisky and luxury goods.
Ecuador joins Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru in the group
of Latin American economies that have free-trade pacts with the
European Union, the world’s biggest trading bloc.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The violence in Iraq is hastening the end of nearly 2,000 years of Christianity there as the few remaining faithful flee Islamic State militants, archbishops from Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk said on Wednesday.
War and sectarian conflict have shrunk Iraq’s Christian population to about 400,000 from 1.5 million before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, and now even those who stayed are leaving for Turkey, Lebanon and western Europe, the prelates said on a visit to Brussels seeking European Union help to protect their flocks.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.
Shortly after returning to Kiev from Brussels where he signed the pact, Poroshenko announced on his website that Ukraine had extended a ceasefire by government forces against pro-Russian separatist rebels by 72 hours until 10 p.m. on Monday.