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Conchita Wurst steals show at Aids research benefit

Conchita Wurst stole the show at Europe's biggest charity event, despite plenty of big-name competition. Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes, transforming Vienna's City Hall into a fantasy land.

The occasion, Europe's biggest charity event, was serious - raising money for AIDS research.

Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Life Ball in Vienna Credit: Reuters

"I feel so poorly dressed," quipped a black-suited Bill Clinton, glancing down from the stage at the feather boas, fantastic head-dresses and exotic outfits among the 4,000 or so ball goers.

The former president urged all attending not to forget what lies behind "all the joy of this evening: the determination of every person ... here to give every child a better chance".

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) and organizer Gery Keszler Credit: Reuters
Singer Ricky Martin performs on stage Credit: Reuters

U2 give away song to raise money for Aids charity

U2 will allow fans to download their new single for free in a move that the band hopes will raise more than £1 million to help provide life-saving treatment for people fighting Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

U2 are to give away a new song - in a move which is expected to generate more than £1 million - to help the fight against Aids Credit: PA

The rock giants will unveil the track, called Invisible, on a US TV ad for fundraising partnership (RED) to be aired during the Super Bowl on February 2.

Invisible will be made available on iTunes for 24 hours, with the Bank Of America donating 60p for each download, to a maximum of £1.2 million, to the Global Fund To Fight AIDs,Tuberculosis And Malaria.

Bono helped to found the organisation (RED) in 2006, which has gone on to generate more than £145 million for the Global Fund.


Around 20K people in the UK unaware they have HIV

Charities have used World Aids Day to call for more to be done to encourage people to get tested for HIV.

Read: Record number of Britons living with HIV

It comes as the number of those living with the virus in the UK reaches 100,000, and the reason the virus is spreading faster than it ever has before is because of the the amount of people, estimated at around 20,000, who are unaware of their infections.

Joanna Simpson reports.

First World AIDS Day with 100K with HIV in the UK

The number of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK has reached a record high, passing 100,000 for the first time, the Terrence Higgins Trust said.

Though the number is "worryingly high" according to Paul Ward from the Terrence Higgins Trust, it is better to have people diagnosed and getting the world class treatment available in the UK, than continuing unaware of their infection.

Neanderthal viruses found in modern human DNA

Neanderthals were an early offshoot of mankind who died out 30,000 years ago Credit: Reuters

Scientists say ancient viruses inherited from Neanderthals have been found in modern human DNA.

Researchers at Oxford University's Department of Zoology are looking at possible links between the retroviruses, which are hard-wired into our DNA, and modern diseases such as Aids and cancer.

Around 8% of human DNA is made up of such retroviruses, which are passed from generation to generation.

It is thought they may have originated from an ancestor common to both Neanderthals and early humans more than half a million years ago.

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