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Bill Gates predicts end for polio

Doha - Bill Gates said Wednesday that "with any luck" polio will be eradicated by 2017 in the last two countries where it remains active, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Daniel Palmier and the new breed of business philanthropists are reinvigorating America Commissioned

America has a long and proud history of philanthropy by her most successful sons and daughters. Some of the most illustrious names celebrated in the Philanthropy Round Table’s Hall of Fame are recognized and celebrated across the globe.

Refugee conditions in Greece 'deteriorating': Angelina Jolie

Atenas - Hollywood star and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie turned the spotlight of celebrity Wednesday onto the plight of thousands of refugees crowded in camps in Greece.

China aims to increase giving with first charity law

Bejing - China is set to pass its first charity law as it seeks to increase public confidence in charitable organisations battered by years of scandal, while at the same time tightening its control of the sector.

Crisis-hit Greeks put own woes aside to help refugees

Atenas - Their own wages and pensions have been slashed by the debt crisis, but thousands of Greeks are putting their economic woes aside to help desperate refugees trapped in the country by the Balkan border blockade.

Hungarian teens get their kicks with charity work

Tomor - With his dyed blonde hair, wristbands and ripped jeans, 17-year-old Domonkos Sera -- Domi for short -- looks more like a typical teenage punk rocker than a crusading do-gooder running his own charity.

Brit volunteers replace tourists amid Calais migrant crisis

Calais - Pubs in the French port of Calais might be packed with Brits on a Friday night, but the traditional tourists and truckers have all but disappeared, replaced by activists wanting to help refugees.

Italian cardinal makes fat donation after luxury apartment scandal

Rome - An Italian cardinal accused of using charity money to refurbish his luxury apartment has donated 150,000 euros ($163,000) to the Catholic foundation which allegedly footed the bill, media reports said Saturday.

Op-Ed: Mark Zuckerberg giving 99% share of Facebook to charity

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan celebrate the birth of baby daughter Max in style and with novelty — the creation of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative using 99 percent of their current shares in Facebook with a value of $45bn (£30bn) today.

United States mayors kick off Extra Mile Day

Almost 600 mayors across the United States will get together on 1 November and launch Extra Mile Day, in a bid to support a drive to highlight the "go the extra mile" message.

Guitarist Dave Kushner discusses the charity event Rhonda's Kiss Special

Digital Journal contacted the Velvet Revolver man to learn more about an exciting new supergroup he's put together for a very worthwhile cause.

Scandals spark public anger at UK's historic charities

London - A walk down a typical British high street dotted with second-hand shops testifies to the central role that charities play in the country, but a spate of grim headlines has left the sector facing a crisis of trust.

Apprehension, goodwill as small German town becomes refugee gateway

Freilassing - Nestled in the Alpine foothills of Germany's deep south, a small Bavarian town has become a new gateway for a record wave of refugees, sparking both goodwill and apprehension.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity

Riyadh - Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges.The pledge is "maybe...

Millions raised for arthritis research in charity walk

Toronto - This month thousands of Canadians took part in the 6th annual “Walk to Fight Arthritis.” To date the campaign has raised over $8 million for research into the bone condition.

Mitt Romney faces up to Evander Holyfield for charity

Mitt Romney swapped the suit, tie and hurricane-proof hair for gloves and shorts on Friday, as he squared up to Evander Holyfield in the name of charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to donate his wealth to charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he plans to give much of his vast fortune away to charity in the near future, joining a list of tech executives including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who enjoy sharing their wealth with others.

Dambusters pilot halts medal sale after British lord's donation

Wellington - The last surviving pilot from World War II's legendary Dambusters mission cancelled plans to sell his medals Tuesday after a wealthy British peer intervened, the auction house handling the sale said.

World's first academy to train local aid workers launched in London

London - The world's first academy to train local aid workers and volunteers as first responders to disasters that occur in their own countries was launched in London on Monday.

Rumble in the rectory: Irish priest takes to the ring

Banagher - An Irish Catholic priest gave a whole new meaning to "white collar boxing" at the weekend after taking to the ring to battle a parishioner in a charity fight.

Activism meets music with Kristen Graves Special

An interview with CT State Troubardour singer/songwriter Kristen Graves. Kristen discusses her music, activism and humanitarian work.

#thedress web sensation becomes powerful Salvation Army campaign

The furious Internet debate late last month around the perceived colour of a dress is now being used by charity the Salvation Army in a powerful new campaign about violence against women, saying "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?"

Rare help gets Saint Petersburg homeless through winter

Saint Petersburg - In his seven years spent living rough around Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, Valera has lost his girlfriend and four fingers to the brutal winter weather.

At Bolshoi, world ballet stars dance for Ukraine

Moscow - A dozen top ballet stars including Svetlana Zakharova and Natalia Osipova put up a dazzling performance Sunday at a keenly awaited but politically sensitive gala at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in support of young dancers in war-torn Ukraine.

Charity offers a little warmth to families fleeing east Ukraine

Kiev - From food and clothing to medicines and even jobs -- a charity centre in Kiev tries to offer a warm welcome to thousands fleeing the conflict in Ukraine's east as temperatures drop below freezing.

Billionaires' $10m gift to Yale stirs debate in China

Beijing - A Chinese billionaire couple's $10 million gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country's Internet users Thursday, with some arguing that the money would be better spent on schools in China.

Five people contract Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone: charity

London - Five people are being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone and demand for treatment beds is far outstripping supply, the Save the Children charity warned on Thursday.

Music for Relief campaigns to aid Ebola prevention

The charity Music for Relief has been campaigning to raise funds to help tackle the Ebola problem. As the campaign draws to end, Digital Journal surveys some of the highlights.

Porn stars to have boobs squeezed for AIDS research

A group of porn stars in Japan are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for a charity event called “Stop! AIDS.”

Op-Ed: Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is absolutely ridiculous

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become nothing more than another ridiculous Internet meme and has done very little to raise awareness about the disease.
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Snowmen are cropping up around Toronto. The sculptures are benefiting a children s charity.
Snowmen are cropping up around Toronto. The sculptures are benefiting a children's charity.
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Volunteers of Project Pearls doing charity work on the children of Ulingan
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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe take the plunge in the icy seas at Hunstanton beach
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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Mecklenburg Sheriff Department Motorcycle squads waiting to escort the Thin Blue Line Ride. Photo from 2012 ride.
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A picture of Emery awaiting tests with her teddy bear.
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Fancy dress swimming on the beach
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Charity swim day in Hunstanton attracted several people on Xmas morning
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Young kids working at Ulingan (charcoal factory) to support their famlly
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Attendees at the first Happy Hour with Joshua’s Heart in July 2010. Published with permission.
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Project Pearls, an NGO helping poor kids from Manila's slum area
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Joshua Williams (top row, center) during the Back-to-school Backpack Giveaway in August 2010. Published with permission.
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Winter survival kits are distributed to Toronto homeless
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Project Pearls' founder Melissa Villa with children at Ulingan
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