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UN urges Chinese government to scrap the proposal

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The News Matrix: Tuesday 24 September 2013

80 prisoners freed ahead of UN meeting

5.3 million people are now receiving antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV

UK pledges £1bn to battle AIDS, TB and Malaria – some of world's most devastating preventable diseases

Only the USA will pay more on global health  - with our contribution aiming to save 'a life every three minutes'

Anger as Bangladesh refuses to decriminalise homosexuality

Gay rights activists have criticised the Bangladeshi government after it rejected recommendations to remove a clause in its penal code which criminalises gay relationships.

Ppackages of condoms readily available on the set as actors prepare to film a porn scene in California

California porn actors free not to use condoms in sex scenes after state fails to pass bill - despite spate of HIV cases

Porn safe-sex law voted down after filmmakers threaten to leave state

Porn filming suspended in US after fourth case of HIV

Last month, work was suspended after actress Cameron Bay tested positive

Credo: Cleo Rocos - 'I have fantastic memories of drinking with Princess Diana'

The actress on tequila-tasting, tax bills and partying with Kenny Everett and Princess Di

Film review: Diana - Naomi Watts stars in dark tale of love weighed down by princess’s baggage

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic of Diana could easily have seemed cynical and opportunistic in the extreme. Hirschbiegel is a distinguished German director who made a very well received film about Adolf Hitler in his bunker (Downfall), but it’s hard to see how that qualifies him to tell the story of the “people’s princess”.

Russian politician drafts law to remove children from gay couples

A member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party has tabled a draft law to take children away from homosexual parents, adding to measures that activists say are undermining gay rights.

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