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(From Agence France Presse)
A two-day summit of southern African leaders ended in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam with heads of state pledging to fight AIDS in their poverty-stricken region.
"In the past few days of our meeting we have made important decisions that impact on the lives of our people," Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa told some 1,500 delegates to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting.
He said the countries' chief concerns were the AIDS pandemic and the alleviation of poverty, noting: "About 60 million of our people, or 30 percent of our population, live below the internationally recognised poverty line." …