Ground staff prepare a Malaysia Airlines plane for departure at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
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A global AIDS summit was in shock Saturday at the loss of colleagues in the Malaysia Airlines disaster over Ukraine, but spirits were lifted when the number who died was put at six, far fewer than feared.Reports on Friday said as many as 100 passengers on the plane were en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne when it went down in a rebel-held part of the country on Thursday, killing all 298 on board. But International AIDS Society president Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said just six attendees were confirmed dead. Officials from the PharmAccess Foundation, which Lange launched in 2000 to facilitate access to treatment for HIV and AIDS patients across Africa, said his death was "a massive loss".Held every two years, the International AIDS Conference is a forum for campaigners to highlight developments in fighting the disease and discuss financing problems.
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