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US Emphasizes Dedication to Fight Against AIDS


The U.S. Secretary of State says World AIDS Day Thursday, is an opportunity for people to rededicate themselves to action in the fight against the disease.

In a videotaped message discussing this year's theme of "Keeping the Promise," Condoleezza Rice said that America is leading the battle against AIDS in more than 100 countries.

Ms. Rice noted that President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is the largest international initiative ever undertaken by a single nation to combat a disease. That plan, announced nearly three years ago, is a five-year, $15 billion effort focusing on the 15 hardest-hit nations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

World AIDS Day is being commemorated in cities and towns across America with special musical and literary events, moments of silence and fundraisers.

President Bush spoke Thursday morning in Washington to commemorate World AIDS Day.

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