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International AIDS Conference Brings Local Spotlight

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When thousands of diplomats and doctors arrive in the District for the 2012 International AIDS conference, they'll find themselves in a city where three percent of the population is living with HIV/AIDS.

"We have not been able to tip the scale. We have not been able to get ahead of the epidemic," says D.C. Department of Health Director Mohammad Akhter.

And the fight isn't getting easier. The PreventionWorks needle exchange program closed Friday, and a federal budget proposed by Republicans in Congress would prohibit the city from using local funds to support similar programs.

But Akhter says the District is ready to ramp up its efforts.

"With the conference coming it has energized us all to do something more," he says.

Akhter says the city is implementing a new plan that will provide individuals with medication as soon as they are diagnosed, ensure ex-offenders are connected to treatment as they re-enter the community and support continuing education so all doctors are able to treat patients suffering from HIV/AIDS.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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