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Myanmar's Hidden AIDS Epidemic

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Myanmar's Hidden AIDS Epidemic

AIDS patients at a hospital ward.

Patients at an AIDS clinic in northern Myanmar.

Editor's Note: We're pleased to announce that this dispatch marks a more formal collaboration with our partners at PRI's the World. From now on, we'll be posting regular written dispatches from the World's team of far-flung radio reporters and cross-linking to their corresponding radio reports. To listen to Orlando de Guzman's two-part investigation into the AIDS crisis in Myanmar, visit the World's Web site.

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The doctor opens a thick photo album containing pictures of his patients and slowly flips through its sticky, mold-covered pages. The album is a macabre portfolio of tropical maladies: skin lesions that have gone septic, meningitis, TB, tumors left to grow to the size of grapefruits. In one photograph, a man with a gangrenous infection lies unconscious. His leg is chained to a bed.

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And the Nominees Are....

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We are pleased to announce that FRONTLINE/World has been nominated for a Webby Award! We have been recognized in the Broadband category which honors sites using streaming video such as our Rough Cut series and all the broadcast stories we post online. Hailed as the "Online Oscars" by Time Magazine, the Webby Awards have been around for a decade, and we are fortunate enough to have been nominated in each of the past four years in such categories as news, best practices, and best television web site. This year the Webby organizers say they received a record number of entries -- over 5,500 from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2006 and honored at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 12th.

As a nominee for a Webby Award, FRONTLINE/World is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 11th to May 5th. To cast your vote, click here.

To learn more about the Webby Awards, click here.

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Slobodan Milosevic: The End of an Era

Men surround cofin.

Party comrades of Slobodan Milosevic's Radical Party stand by his coffin.

Slobodan Milosevic and Lou Reed arrived in Belgrade on the same day. Reed's concert was not so bad, and he took off the next day for Prague, continuing his tour. Milosevic will stay forever -- buried in the backyard of his family house in Pozarevac.

Reed's performance coinciding with Milosevic's return home in a casket felt appropriate. During the 15 years that Milosevic was running my country into the ground and wreaking havoc in the region, I was taking some comfort in Reed's jagged pop tunes.

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