Paul Wolfowitz, the incoming World Bank president, said this week he plans to make Africa the top priority for the organization, particularly fighting poverty and AIDS throughout the continent, The Wall Street Journal reports. "I can't stress enough how important it is that the first priority of the bank is Africa and the poorest people of Africa," he told the Journal. He called Africa "an area that has been left behind by the progress that has touched other parts of the world." Wolfowitz said that poor nations in Asia and Latin America also would receive top attention from the bank. Wolfowitz, the former U.S. deputy secretary of defense, will assume the bank presidency on June 1.