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Tajikistan in shock as mothers kill themselves, their babies

- Pointing to the leaden waters of the river, Manzura Borbieva recalls the horror of seeing her 21-year-old colleague commit suicide with her baby."That's where she jumped in," she said.

Saudis urged to say 'no' to Ramadan begging

Riyadh - Clad in black and with a baby in her lap, a woman sits on the ground shaking a cardboard box outside the door of a Saudi mosque.

IMF warns the US over high poverty, inequality

Washington - The International Monetary Fund warned the United States Wednesday over poverty and rising inequality in the country, saying both could hold back its economic potential.The IMF cut its outlook for US economic growth this year to 2.

Bolivia shuns Bill Gates's chickens

La Paz - Bolivia's government turned up its nose Thursday at US billionaire Bill Gates's initiative to donate 100,000 chickens to people living in poverty worldwide, including Bolivians.

Millions of Latin Americans could fall back into poverty: UN

Panama - A third of Latin Americans who have risen out of poverty over the past 15 years could fall back into it due to the region's recession, a UN report showed Tuesday.

Life better in Duterte's Philippine drug heartland

Davao - Life in the slums of Davao became much easier after a fearsome drugs crackdown enforced by mayor-turned president Rodrigo Duterte, awed residents say, offering an insight into what the Philippines can expect under its new leader.

Life better in Duterte's Philippine drug heartland

Davao - Life in the slums of Davao became much easier after a fearsome drugs crackdown enforced by mayor-turned president Rodrigo Duterte, awed residents say, offering an insight into what the Philippines can expect under its new leader.

Life better in Duterte's Philippine drug heartland

Davao - Life in the slums of Davao became much easier after a fearsome drugs crackdown enforced by mayor-turned president Rodrigo Duterte, awed residents say, offering an insight into what the Philippines can expect under its new leader.

Lights finally come on for Indian village

Anandpur - Ram Kishore searched long and hard to find a suitable wife for his son, but his efforts only paid off when electricity finally came to his village in rural north India this year.

Senegal's child beggars show limits of 'apptivism'

Dakar - Mamadou is a child beggar wandering the streets of Dakar, perilously darting in and out of traffic as he tries to gather enough money for his Islamic teacher to feed him.

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.
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