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Annan Challenges Leaders on Spread of AIDS

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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the unchecked spread of AIDS would place more burdens on weak economic regions. Reuters hide caption

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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says that if a unified approach to combating the spread of AIDS isn't developed, the disease will drain economic and other resources. Reuters hide caption

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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says new rises in AIDS infection rates prove that the world has not done enough to combat the deadly disease.

Annan, speaking as the 15th International AIDS conference began in Bangkok, said that if the world's nations do not unite to combat the spread of AIDS, it will become a drain on economic and social resources. Hear NPR's Craig Windham.