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Malala presses World Bank, UN to set goals on education

Washington - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai urged the World Bank and UN on Monday to raise the focus of education in their new millenium goals.

Number of Russians in poverty rises by 3 million

Moscow - The number of Russians living below the poverty line rose by 3.1 million in the first quarter as the economy reeled from the plunging ruble and soaring inflation, state statistics revealed Thursday.

Man builds neighborhood center, ends up beaten for his efforts

Cincinnati - In a tear inducing YouTube video, Ronald Moon Jr. claims he suffered a brutal beating at the hands of the very community members he is trying to help.

Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: Report

Paris - The world's poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organisation founded by U2 frontman Bono said Tuesday.

Barred from Gulf, Bangladeshis risk lives to head south

Cox's Bazar - Denied their traditional route out of poverty in the Gulf and often urged on by relatives, growing numbers of young Bangladeshis are joining the waves of Rohingya trying to reach Southeast Asia on horror boat journeys.

Philippines factory fire highlights sweatshop abuses

Manila - The deaths of 72 people in a fire that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippine capital has exposed abusive conditions for millions of poor and desperate workers across the nation.

Op-Ed: Wake of Tory election triumph sees new poverty warning

As David Cameron celebrates five more years as the U.K. Prime Minister by raising a glass of champagne, a new report casts a shadow over the state of poverty in Britain.

Vatican gave out 1.5 million euros in charity in 2014

- The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.

International drug gangs prey on Filipinos abroad

Manila - Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out.

British PM under fire over rise in food bank users

London - Britain's opposition centre-left Labour urged Prime Minister David Cameron to address low pay on Wednesday after a charity revealed more than one million people were reliant on food banks in the past year.

Oxfam assails World Bank arm for rights violations

Washington - The World Bank's private-sector finance unit supported development projects in numerous countries that involved grave violations of human rights, anti-poverty group Oxfam alleged in a new report Thursday.

Study shows poorer children have smaller brains

The fact that those who grow up with a silver spoon in their mouths do better in life than those with a plastic one, is irrefutable. But now, a study says this also has a basis in the different sizes of brains between richer and poorer children.

For Britain's poorest, food aid becomes a way of life

Camborne - Clutching a bag of pasta, canned pears and beef, David Kirk leaves a food bank in one of Britain's poorest corners -- his sixth visit in a few weeks.

Choice view over Rio for waterborne beggar

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of people eke out an existence living in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, a giant city racing to overhaul itself ahead of next year's Olympics.

Facebook aims to give free web access to 100 countries this year

Social network giant Facebook has announced an aggressive expansion of its program that aims to connect more people to the web. It means that 100 developing countries could get free net access this year.

Honduran army races gangs to reach child trash-pickers

Tegucigalpa - Fourteen-year-old Cristian competes with stray dogs, scavenging birds and hundreds of other trash-pickers for food at a Honduran dump, but when the army offers him a square meal, he warily declines.

Poverty in Germany hits post-reunification high: Study

Berlin - Poverty in Germany has risen to its highest level since reunification in 1990, with the gap between rich and poor in Europe's top economy getting wider, a study said Thursday.Some 12.5 million people were classed as poor in 2013, up from 12.

Kosovo Albanians flee misery for EU promised land

Belgrade - The town of Palic in northern Serbia is grappling with an exodus of impoverished Kosovo Albanians who are using the small summer resort as a transit point for a better life in the EU.

Beggars taken off the streets for Philippines papal visit

Manila - The Philippines government came under fire Friday after admitting that hundreds of homeless people were taken off Manila's streets and put into luxury accommodation during Pope Francis's recent visit, when he preached compassion for the poor.

World's poor headed for better lives in 2030: Gates

New York - The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda say.

Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam

Paris - Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.

Op-Ed: Why we must care that half of public school students are poor

The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of all public school students are now on the federal free and reduced-price lunch programs, the highest percentage in at least 50 years. Why this matters:

LatAm's cash transfer 'revolution' at crossroads

Montevideo - In the past generation, a mass exodus from poverty has transformed Latin America, the world's most unequal region, spurred on by innovative welfare programs that now face an uncertain future.

Homeless residents make lives in Madrid's airport

Madrid - In Madrid airport's bustling fourth terminal, Edu's trolley is loaded with suitcases, but he won't be checking them in. Unlike the thousands of Christmas travellers, he is not flying anywhere.

Trade and tension at Europe's troubled African borders

Melilla - Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers on his weakened legs as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair.

Politician claims more and more people having DIY funerals

London - A politician has claimed that families are having to bury their dead relatives in their gardens as the rising cost of funerals has forced them to take extreme measures.

Op-Ed: In the wake of the Ferguson riots, 'white privilege' revisited

While protests against the grand jury decision in Ferguson and elsewhere continued through the Thanksgiving weekend, the concept of "white privilege" has been presented as an acceptable phraseology.

Most of world's poorest nations stuck in a structural rut: UN

Geneva - The planet's poorest nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms and left them wallowing in poverty, the UN warned.

Housing is a right: Edmonton rally Special

The Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH) organized a rally on November 21 to proclaim housing as a right.

Op-Ed: U.S. should consider incentive pay in filling teacher assignments

The Obama administration has just instructed states to develop plans by next June showing how they will ensure that poor and minority students are being taught by "high-quality" teachers. This "equity of assigning teachers" presents a huge challenge.
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