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Clinton gets million-dollar check to combat AIDS in Vienna

During a brief visit to the capital of Austria Bill Clinton pocketed a million-dollar check for his anti-AIDS program.

Clinton received the check Thursday evening at an open-air classical music concert on the sprawling grounds of Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace.

Earlier, Clinton was the guest of honor at a charity gala in the palace attended by Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer and actress Sharon Stone, among others.

Earlier this month, Clinton announced agreements with drug companies to lower the price of so-called "second-line" AIDS drugs for people in the developing world and to make a once-a-day AIDS pill available for less than US$1 (74 euro cents) a day.

On Saturday evening, Vienna's city hall hosts the 15th annual Life Ball to raise cash for people with HIV and AIDS. Celebrity guests at the extravagant event include Stone and the Scissor Sisters.

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