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Manila's 'Golden Gays' sing for their supper

Manila - Al Enriquez sheds his threadbare street vendor clothes like dead skin and develops a voguish, winking air once he slips into a gauzy gown and wig of tight blond curls.

Child beggars fill Mosul streets a year on from IS

Mosul - Every day little Mohammed Salem roams the streets of Mosul, left with no choice but to hawk tissues after his father was killed by jihadists who overran Iraq's second city.

New initiative to bring clean water to needy children

The Mac and PC tech company OWC (Other World Computing) has teamed up with the charity Splash to bring water to children in need. Splash is a social justice organization committed to the poor.

Macron says France spends 'crazy dough' on social security

Paris - In the video sent out via social media, President Emmanuel Macron was blunt, uncompromising and spoke in layman's terms.In remarks seen as aimed at preparing voters for benefits cuts, he said France "spends a crazy amount of dough on social security".

Food crisis worsens in Sahel region: UN aid chief

New York - The United Nations aid chief raised alarm Tuesday over a worsening food crisis in the Sahel region that has sent malnutrition rates skyrocketing to their worst level since 2012.

Liberia's leader looks abroad for help tackling poverty

Monrovia - After stoking expectations among Liberia's voters for rolling back poverty, President George Weah is facing the twin pressures of time and money to carry out his promises.

Thousands in Argentina protest against utility costs, IMF

Buenos Aires - Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the Argentine capital Friday to protest talks between the government and the IMF amid fresh public anger over a hike in utility prices.

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.
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