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Tourist trinkets crafted by Haiti's child artisans

Port-au-prince - Seated on an earthen floor on the outskirts of Haiti's capital city, seven-year-old Samuel Jean fashions a little boat from a piece of wrought iron.

Poverty line divides Peru in presidential vote

- Many Peruvians voting on Sunday want a new president who will stop the country's economic growth from slipping away. But millions never felt that growth in the first place.

Roma face uncertain future amid Slovakia's nationalist surge

Kosice - His mouth open wide, four-year-old Milos is intent on managing a plate of fish and potatoes using adult-sized cutlery -- a meal all too rare for the many Roma children living in squalor in Slovakia.

Looking for clean water a never-ending task for many Haitians

Port-au-prince - Under the blazing sun in Haiti, Malinka Dorleus trudges up a hill with a 20-liter bucket of water on her head -- a trip she makes up to four times a day.

51 millionaires to NY Gov. Cuomo: 'Raise taxes on one-percenters'

New York City - Several well-heeled New York millionaires want legislators to raise taxes on the one percent, including themselves. And 51 millionaires said so in a letter addressed to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators.

Op-Ed: Bernie Sanders has no grip on reality

Flint - For months progressives in America have been encouraging voters to #FeelTheBern by lionizing a leftist God who is promising them the moon and the galaxy. He's being hailed as a populist for the young, despite the fact he has absolutely no grip on reality.

Tunisia's impoverished interior poses risk for struggling country

Tunis - Government neglect in central Tunisia, where poverty and unemployment rates are several times the national average, risks undermining the gains of its revolution and creating a breeding ground for extremism, experts say.

Los Angeles passes $1.87 bn homeless plan

Los Angeles - Los Angeles, sometimes called the homeless capital of America, adopted a $1.87 billion plan Tuesday to help its 44,000 down-and-out people without homes.

No boost seen from giving antibiotics to starving kids

Miami - Children who suffer from severe malnutrition are routinely given antibiotics as part of their medical treatment, but a study Wednesday found the practice offered no boost to their nutritional recovery.

Russian families feel pain as economic crisis drags on

Moscow - Two years ago, before the Russian economy took a steep plunge, Maria Bunina vacationed abroad and supported her four children and nine grandchildren.

Richest 1% own more than the rest of us: Oxfam

Paris - The richest one percent of the world's population now own more than the rest of us combined, aid group Oxfam said Monday, on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

As population soars, India battles to tame malnutrition

Darbhanga - As another dangerously underweight toddler balances precariously on his set of scales, Dr Om Prakash knows he has to move fast to avert tragedy.

Photo essay: Life at the Dhakuria Railway Colony of Kolkata Special

Kolkata - When I first started exploring South Kolkata on foot, I soon discovered the Dhakuria Bridge and the Railway Colony emerging from its shadows below. There's a great overhead view of this impoverished community from the east side of the pedestrian crossing.

Madrid city hall hosts Christmas Eve feast for homeless

Madrid - Two hundred homeless people feasted on an exquisite Christmas Eve meal of seafood soup, prawns, baked gilthead bream and roast shoulder of lamb on Thursday, in the Spanish capital's palatial city hall.

70% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in 'extreme poverty': UN

Birut - More than two-thirds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in extreme poverty, according to a United Nations study published Wednesday, up nearly 50 percent from last year.

Aid to rural poor needed to stem migrant crisis, UN says

Ginebra - Fixing the migrant crisis requires rich nations to invest in rural areas and agriculture in the world's poorest countries, the UN said Wednesday.

Can science find a solution to global hunger?

London - The journal Food and Nutrition Security has produced a special issue on the question: “can science and good governance deliver dinner?’ The findings are thought provoking.

Global warming could push 100 mn more into poverty: World Bank

Washington - Global warming could elevate disease, ravage crops and push 100 million more people into poverty without action to prevent it, the World Bank warned in a disturbing new report Sunday.

Cameroon's far north faces twin nightmares of Boko Haram, poverty

Maroua - In the poverty-stricken far north of Cameroon, the priority is the fight against the Nigerian militants of Boko Haram, but experts say a growing humanitarian crisis also needs urgent attention.

Farmers lose debt gamble in typhoon-plagued Philippines

Cabanatuan - Philippine rice farmer Francisco Santo Domingo's life is in ruins after losing yet another gamble with nature, but the typhoon that destroyed his crops means gleeful loan sharks have again hit the jackpot.

The gap between rich and poor reaches new milestone: Report

The wealth gap between the top one percent and the rest of us is shocking, and if the trend continues, it will only get worse, according to a new study published by Credit Suisse.

Nobel-winning economist Deaton's controversial aid ideas

Stockholm - New Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton is an optimist about economic progress but his theory that poor countries' development could be accelerated by cutting international aid has triggered controversy.

Extreme poverty to fall below 10 percent: World Bank

Washington - Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time, although there is still "great concern" for millions in Africa, a World Bank report said Sunday.

For many families in Portugal, economic crisis has not ended

Porto - She used to be a hairdresser with a mortgage on a spacious apartment in Porto, Portugal's second-largest city and the birthplace of port wine.

Pop stars, world leaders rally to end poverty

New York - Some of the biggest names in music and politics from Beyonce to European prime ministers rallied in a concert aimed at mobilizing action to eradicate extreme poverty.

Zuckerberg, Gates make bid for universal Internet access

New York - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates on Saturday threw their weight and resources behind the goal of bringing Internet access to everyone in the world by 2020.

Everything you wanted to know about UN's new global goals

New York - World leaders are launching an ambitious drive to transform the planet by 2030 with the adoption on Friday of new UN goals to wipe out extreme poverty, promote health and education and combat climate change.

UN's new global goals: A 'to-do list' for the world

New York - World leaders will adopt at a UN summit opening Friday an ambitious set of global goals to end extreme poverty by 2030, promote health and education, and combat climate change.

Pope goes off script in Cuba to urge clergy to embrace poverty

Havana - Pope Francis abandoned his prepared speech Sunday at an evening prayer service in Havana to urge the clergy to embrace poverty and never forget "the most abandoned.

Haiti wants to reform failing school system

Port-au-prince - Nearly three million Haitian children are returning to school Monday to face an educational system rife with exclusion and failure. But one minister is trying to turn the tide.
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Ahmed and Fatma receive BD30 (approx. £49) per moth in government support each month.
Ahmed and Fatma receive BD30 (approx. £49) per moth in government support each month.
A man is looking for bottles that can be turned in for money.
A man is looking for bottles that can be turned in for money.
Housing embedded in the bush and alongside a small stream greenish under ideal mosquito breeding
Housing embedded in the bush and alongside a small stream greenish under ideal mosquito breeding
Giving money to a homeless person  Lyon France
Giving money to a homeless person, Lyon France
Edmonton Homeless Memorial 2014
Edmonton Homeless Memorial 2014
Edmonton Homeless Memorial 2014
Edmonton Homeless Memorial 2014
A homeless and unemployed man in Guelph  Ontario.
A homeless and unemployed man in Guelph, Ontario.
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Activist holding copy of 24's Dec. 1 newspaper.
Ahmed and Fatma s house.
Ahmed and Fatma's house.
Poverty in U.S.
Poverty in U.S.
Ed Yourdon
A young man begging for food money in Guelph  Ontario  February 2010.
A young man begging for food money in Guelph, Ontario, February 2010.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his aides.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his aides.
A woman on the streets of South Africa
A woman on the streets of South Africa
Steve Crane
Homeless person  Lyon France
Homeless person, Lyon France
Homeless person  Lyon France
Homeless person, Lyon France
Edmonton: Right to Housing Rally
Edmonton: Right to Housing Rally
Fatma is paralysed and has been sitting on the mattress in this bedroom for eight years.
Fatma is paralysed and has been sitting on the mattress in this bedroom for eight years.
The report also draws attention to the non-availability of health services in informal settlements  ...
The report also draws attention to the non-availability of health services in informal settlements, both for communicable diseases (for instance diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections and TB); and for non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, which kill 35 million a year and, on current trends, could be responsible for 75 per cent of all deaths within a decade.
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Right to Housing Rally. Harvey  a formerly homeless man.
Right to Housing Rally. Harvey, a formerly homeless man.