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'Friend after friend was dying': Survivors look back at the AIDS evolution in the US

'Friend after friend was dying': Survivors look back at the AIDS evolution in the US

Health
Mark Milano was 25 years old when he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1982, and so little was known about the disease that his doctor called it “AID.” “I didn’t know what it was and he said, ‘Well it’s a life-threatening illness,’” Milano said of his interaction with the emergency room doctor. Now, at age 62, Milano is among the growing group of seniors living with HIV or AIDS, and as World AIDS Day marks its 30th anniversary, there have been changes in both treating the once-mysterious disease and the ways in which those infected with them live their lives. Milano moved from Chicago to New York City in 1987 and became a member of the activist group Act Up, which gained national prominence from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. “At the time, ...
Shooting survivors endure new assault – from online trolls

Shooting survivors endure new assault – from online trolls

Technology
One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars." Just days after watching their classmates die, survivors of the Florida school shooting came under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who threatened the students as they seek tighter gun laws. In the face of such attacks, the students have been undeterred, confronting the trolls head-on in television interviews and on social media. "They see us as a threat. And honestly, that's kind of entertaining to me. And I love it because it means what we are doing is working. We are changing the world,...
Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls

Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSurvivors of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead have travelled to the state capital to press lawmakers to take more action on gun control.About 100 students arrived in Tallahassee hours before the state legislature rejected a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the attack.They are due to stage a rally at the statehouse later and meet legislators.It is the first organised protest of the youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack.Under pressure to act, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed a move to ban devices that can enable rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. This bump-stock accessory was used by a gunman in Las Vegas to kill 58 concert-goers last year.Six radical ways to stop US school ...
Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

World
Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help.More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable.Temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm."We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water," he said. "You can ...