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World Week Ahead: Vatican’s Study on HIV; Mediation Talks in Libya

BY newsdesk  May 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM EDT

Pope Benedict XVI overlooking St Peter's Square. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

In this week’s top news from around the globe, the NewsHour has a team in Vatican City, reporting on a meeting about the care of people with HIV/AIDS. And later in the week, the U.N. Security Council meets on the continuing struggle in Libya.

VATICAN CITY | At an AIDS conference held over the weekend, Vatican officials reiterated the Catholic Church’s stance that condoms are ineffective and encourage immoral behavior, but they praised new research on the use of AIDS medications.

Ray Suarez will have a full report about the conference on Monday’s NewsHour broadcast. On Friday, he described what’s at stake.

In other news:

LIBYA | South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Libya for mediation talks this week with Moammar Gadhafi, who remains steadfastly in power despite stepped-up NATO airstrikes and continued rebel resistance.

Libya is expected to be on the U.N. Security Council’s agenda on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, more military officials have defected from Gadhafi’s forces, including five generals, two colonels and a major, the Agence France-Presse reports.

BAHRAIN | The state of emergency in Bahrain expires on Wednesday, another step in the country’s move toward normalcy after protests wracked the island nation in February. We’ll have more in the coming days.

In the meantime, view the NewsHour’s recent reports from Bahrain.

SUDAN | Fighting in the contested oil town of Abyei, Sudan, has stopped after the government of Khartoum took control, but humanitarian conditions are worsening for an estimated 80,000 residents who have fled to outlying areas.

We’ll provide on-the-ground reports and analysis of the causes of the tensions and what can be done.

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