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European financial support for AIDS care and training

The European Commission (EC) released US $1.2 million this week to help tackle HIV/AIDS in the Libyan port of Benghazi.

The pledge follows talks earlier this year between EC Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Libyan officials over the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who have been accused of infecting 400 children with HIV in Benghazi.

In a statement she said: "AIDS is a global challenge to modern medicine. With today's package we can share the best of European expertise with Libya to improve its capacity to tackle this terrible disease."

Ferrero-Waldner was hopeful that the assistance would help improve the situation of the infected children.

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