Jolie, Pitt donate $2 million for kids in Ethiopia
Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt have donated $2 million to create a center, named after their adopted daughter, Zahara, for Ethiopian children affected by AIDS and tuberculosis.

The Global Health Committee said the donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation would establish a center in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to treat AIDS orphans and develop a program to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The Oscar-winning Jolie adopted a baby girl she called Zahara, now 3 years old, from Ethiopia in July 2005 and the new clinic will be named after her.

Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Brad Pitt leave after the screening of "The Exchange" by director Clint Eastwood at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerView Larger Image View Larger Image

Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Brad Pitt leave after the screening of "The Exchange" by director Clint Eastwood at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

"It is our hope that when Zahara is older, she will take responsibility for the clinic and continue its mission," Pitt said in a statement.

Pitt and Jolie now have six children -- twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline born in July, Shiloh, 2, and adopted children Zahara, Pax from Vietnam and Maddox from Cambodia.

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation helped set up a similar clinic in 2006 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that is named after Maddox.

"Our goal is to transfer the success we have had in Cambodia to Ethiopia where people are needlessly dying of tuberculosis, a curable disease, and HIV/AIDS, a treatable disease," Jolie said.

Ethiopia has the seventh-highest rate of tuberculosis disease in the world and an estimated 1.7 million people in the country are infected with HIV, according to the World Health Organization. UNICEF estimates that more than 900,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS in Ethiopia.

'We have NOT split,' insist Brad and Angelina as break up rumours swirl
After weeks of rumours, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have denied reports they have split up.

Just two months after the actress gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne, the couple have issued a statement insisting they are still together.

The couple usually refuse to give credibility to such reports by commenting on them, but have taken the unprecedented step to issue a denial.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arriving for the screening of 'Kung Fu Panda' during the 61st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. 30-05-2008

Strong couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, pictured at the Cannes Film Festival in May, insist they are committed to each other and their six children

Pitt, 44, has spent a lot of the past month abroad promoting his new film Burn After Reading at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, while Jolie has been at the couple's new home in France with their six children.

As rumours the couple had ended their three-and-half year relationship spread over the internet yesterday, Jolie's spokesperson said: 'The stories are absolutely not true.'

At the Toronto Film Festival two weeks ago, Pitt was rumoured to have met his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston for a lunch date as they were both in the Canadian city promoting their new movies at the same time.

Earlier this month, InTouch Weekly magazine reported Jolie was suffering from post-natal depression following the birth of the twins and this had been causing a strain with Pitt.

A source said: 'Angelina feels that Brad has it easy. He had the kids without the pain of birth, and he can just jet off whenever he feels like it.'

Brad Pitt (centre) arrives with two of his children, Maddox (left) and Pax (right) in Venice, Italy, for the 65th Venice Film Festival.

Family man: Brad took the couple's two eldest sons Maddox and Pax to the Venice Film Festival last month, while Angelina stayed in France with the rest of the kids

Last year, Jolie ,33, complained the couple barely had any alone time because they were so busy with the children.

She told Marie Claire magazine: 'Mommy and Daddy need to try to figure out more time right now.

'We're working on it; we're working on it. Right now, we're not great about Mommy-and-Daddy time.'

When the couple first started dating in 2005, they had to balance getting to know each other with caring for Jolie's son Maddox - who Pitt later adopted - and welcoming newly adopted daughter Zahara into the family.

The couple now have three adopted children and three biological children in total - Cambodian Maddox, seven; Ethiopian Zahara, three; Vietnamese Pax Thien, four; Shiloh Nouvel, two; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10 weeks.

Despite having six children aged seven and under, Pitt has often spoke of his wish to have a 'football team' sized family.

Prior to starting their relationship, Pitt was married to Aniston for four and a half years while Jolie's ex-husbands include Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
US to help fund Cambodian genocide tribunal

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The United States announced Monday it has decided to help fund the Cambodian genocide tribunal's work in putting former Khmer Rouge leaders on trial.

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong about his government's decision to fund the tribunal during their meeting Monday, a Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Koy Kuong, told reporters.

Washington has so far provided no direct funding. It was not clear how much money the U.S. government will give, but Koy Kuong said Negroponte will announce the figure at a press conference Tuesday, the last day of his three-day visit to Cambodia.

U.S. embassy officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The U.S. diplomat also held talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen, who described the discussions as "positive."

Washington has spent more than $7 million over the past decade to support the work of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, an independent group that collects evidence of Khmer Rouge crimes.

The group has given many documents to the U.N.-assisted tribunal to assist it in investigating cases against the Khmer Rouge suspects.

The tribunal has detained five former Khmer Rouge leaders on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The trial of the first suspect is planned for later this year.

The communist Khmer Rouge, who held power in 1975-79, are blamed for the death of an estimated 1.7 million people from hunger, disease, overwork and execution.

The tribunal, jointly run by Cambodian and United Nations personnel, has been appealing for more money to carry out its tasks.

Negroponte's visit is the latest sign of improved relations between Cambodia and the United States.

On Monday, he joined Hun Sen and other Cambodian officials in overseeing the signing of an agreement for $24 million in U.S. assistance for economic development projects in Cambodia.

The U.S. lifted a ban on direct aid to the Cambodian government last year. Washington imposed the ban in 1997 after Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted Prince Norodom Ranariddh, then his co-premier, in a coup.

Before the ban was lifted, U.S. aid to impoverished Cambodia was mostly channeled to projects implemented by private groups.