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Macron plan for French suburbs slammed as insufficient

Paris - French opposition parties and media on Wednesday slammed President Emmanuel Macron's plan for tackling urban poverty, saying the proposals unveiled a day earlier lacked ambition and were just for show.

Macron lays out 'new method' to tackle urban poverty

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron outlined what he called a "new method" for improving lives in neglected and poverty-wracked areas of French cities on Tuesday after a series of shockingly violent incidents thrust urban crime into the spotlight.

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

S - At home with her student daughter in their central Sao Paulo apartment, Rosangela Gomes de Melo hardly resembles a squatter.

On the edge: the forgotten poor left by Colombia's war

Apo - They live in shantytowns that overlook Bogota -- hundreds of families who fled the bloodshed in rural Colombia during decades of civil war for the relative safety of the country's cities.

$10 bln plan for global education launched at UN

New York - The United Nations joined the World Bank and four regional development banks on Friday to launch a plan to boost funding for education by $10 billion as new data shows a growing gap over access to schools.

Afghan poverty rises sharply since NATO combat troops' departure

Kabul - Poverty has risen sharply in Afghanistan since the departure of NATO's combat troops in 2014, with more than half of the population now living below the poverty line, according to a national survey.

Ahead of polls, apathy and disillusionment in Tunisia

Kasserine - A student from a working-class family in central Tunisia, Karim tries to convince himself municipal elections will usher in a new class of politicians committed to working for local people.

French suburbs battle plan promises 'blast' effect

Paris - The man tasked by French President Emmanuel Macron with coming up with a battle plan for the country's most deprived areas called Thursday for a "radical change" in approach in high-immigration suburbs.

Rome's poor treated to gelato as pope marks name day

Rome - Pope Francis marked his name day Monday by ordering thousands of ice creams for Rome's poorest, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable.

World Bank shareholders approve $13 bln capital increase

Washington - World Bank shareholders approved a "historic" increase in the bank's lending capacity Saturday after the United States backed a reform package that curbs loans and charges more for higher income countries like China.

In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is a dead-end street

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel touted Germany as a country "in which we live well and happily" during her re-election campaign.

World Bank fund for poorest countries issues $1.5 bn bond

Washington - The World Bank fund dedicated to helping the world's poorest countries on Tuesday announced it has raised $1.5 billion in its first-ever global bond issue, which enjoyed huge demand from investors.

Street side: Indonesia slum kids eye youth 'World Cup'

Jakarta - Somad rarely ventures beyond his impoverished Jakarta neighbourhood, but the 14-year-old is now gearing for a trip to Russia next month as a player in the 2018 Street Child World Cup.

Italy's outgoing government hails new income scheme a success

Rome - Italy's outgoing government said Wednesday that a new minimum income scheme launched at the start of the year is working, but needs to be beefed up further with additional resources.

Between poverty and slow growth, Russia's economic future uncertain

Sanktpeterburg - Outside a metro station in Saint-Petersburg, 70-year-old Irina Semyonova is selling homemade tomato-and-aubergine preserves as a way to supplement her pension which she says is just not enough to live on.

Sierra Leone votes: little that glitters for gold miners

- Down a dirt road that slopes off a bridge, hundreds of men and women waist-deep in the river sift through gravel, separating specks of gold from the sludge.

Stark social divide goes to heart of Italy's election

Rome - Italy's status as the ninth largest global economic power has masked an increasingly alarming rich-poor divide that is spreading resentment and could have a decisive effect on Sunday's general election.

Putin says aims to halve 'unacceptable' Russian poverty rate in 6 years

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he aims to cut his country's "unacceptable" poverty rate in half over the next six years, in a state of the nation address on Thursday.

Paris counts 3,000 in first-ever homeless census

Paris - At least 3,000 people sleep rough on the streets of Paris, according to figures from the city's first ever homelessness census which authorities warned Wednesday were likely a serious underestimate.

Counting the homeless in the City of Light

Paris - Of Emmanuel Macron's many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.

Haiti: $252 million needed for humanitarian aid

Port-au-prince - The Haitian government and its international partners Thursday launched an appeal for $252 million in aid to respond to natural disasters in 2018.

British charity unveils free vending machine for homeless

London - A British charity has set up a free vending machine containing essential items for the homeless, an initiative presented as a world first which they hope will be rolled out internationally.

The 'Rat Eaters' of Bihar: India's poorest people?

Kako - The rat kept crawling over Phekan Manjhi's arm as he battled to pin it to the ground before he eventually managed to kill it with repeated blows to the head.

Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

Rome - Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.Celebrating the event in Rome at a mass attended by about 7,000 poor people at St.

France's Macron seeks to reboot the suburbs

Tourcoing - Emmanuel Macron set out a raft of policies Tuesday to fight poverty and religious extremism in downtrodden French neighbourhoods in a riposte to critics who have labelled him a "president of the rich".

Mexican toddler weighing 28 kilos baffles doctors

Cofrad - Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds).

Hope for noma disease victims left without faces in I.Coast

Abidjan - For 17 of her 20 years, Flora Doume has hidden from the world. Now she nervously waits for the operation to repair her ravaged face, restoring her hope for a normal life.

Chavism prevails against fractured Venezuela opposition

Caracas - A landslide win in regional elections against a fractured opposition shows that the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro prevails in Venezuela despite an economy in shreds and months of protests, analysts said.

Venezuela, oil-rich but poverty-stricken

Caracas - Venezuela, which holds regional elections on Sunday, is a country at the top of the Latin American continent that is in deep economic and political crisis.Here is a snapshot of the country.

World Bank: 1.1 bn people 'invisible', lacking official identity

Washington - Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank.
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A bridge made of flimsy materials through the swamp.
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Street children at Bandstand. Mumbai, India.
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Edmonton Homeless Memorial 2014
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Down-and-outs at the Pompidou Arts Center, Paris France
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A homeless and unemployed man in Guelph, Ontario.
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File photo: This fellow sits on the streets of Portland with all his possessions, one of many young people in the ranks of poor and homeless
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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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Ahmed and Fatma's house.
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.
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A boy in Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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A man is looking for bottles that can be turned in for money.
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Some poor teenagers resort to selling their bodies to pay for food.
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