News briefs:July 1, 2005
Audio Wikinews transcript – 2005 07 01 – 21:30 UTC
As reported by Paul Robinson It isFriday, July 1, 2005 at 2130 UTC, and this is Wikinews: News Briefs.
Here are the stories that are being covered.
Pro Democracy Protests in the capital of the Congo.
Spain to legalize same-sex marriages.
The World Health Organization is making some progress in the treatment of AIDS
United States Supreme Court Justice O'Connor to Retire
The government of the state of Minnesota shuts down.
Deaths as Congolese government cracks down on pro-democracy protests Thousands of protesters are marching through the streets of Kinshasa demanding that the government resign over delayed elections. They were met by security forces who shot in the air and threw tear-gas grenades.
Spain legalizes same-sex marriage Spain, a predominantly Catholic country, became the third nation Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage following The Netherlands and Belgium. By a vote of 187-147 with four abstentions, the 350-seat Congress of Deputies approved the measure to give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children and inherit each others' property.
UN/WHO making progress in treating HIV/AIDS, but will miss 2005 target The World Health Organisation has announced that the number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatments (ART) in developing countries is increasing significantly - more than doubling between December 2003 and June 2005. One million people are now getting the drugs they need, compared to just 400,000 eighteen months ago.
However, access to treatment is not growing as fast as demand, and the UN is unlikely to reach its target of treating three million people by the end of 2005 - just over half the people who need it. The longer-term target of universal treatment by 2010 is still likely to be met.
United States Supreme Court Justice O'Connor to retire United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 75, announced today her intention to retire from the court. She said she would be stepping down before the beginning of the court's fall term, or when the Senate appoints a successor. The last appointment to the Supreme Court was Justice Stephen Breyer more than ten years ago.
Minnesota state government shuts down Nine thousand state employees in the U.S. State of Minnesota were left jobless Friday after state legislators failed to pass a spending bill that would have kept the state government up and running. It is not uncommon for states to miss their budget deadlines, but Minnesota, in contrast to other states, has no law that automatically extends the previous budget if lawmakers fail to approve a new budget. A court order earlier this month requires the state to continue to provide services essential to "health, safety and property."
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