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Pope hosts meal for 1,500 poor and homeless

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday hosted around 1,500 poor and homeless people for lunch at the Vatican, decrying indifference to poverty as the Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor."My thoughts go to those who...

How Russia's foster children are saving dying villages

Sanktpeterburg - In a small room with a blackboard and lace curtains, first-grader Danya listens as his teacher explains the concept of vowels and consonants. In this village school with 36 pupils, he is one of 13 foster children.

Persistent trade tensions risk worsening poverty: World Bank

Washington - As global trade tensions persist, investments are put on hold and without that cash to boost economic growth, poverty could surge, the World Bank's chief economist warned Tuesday.

Harry and Meghan wrap up African tour

Johanesburg - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday wrapped up a marathon tour of southern Africa by visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after pledging millions for skills training for jobless youngsters.

French police break up yellow vest protest with tear gas

Toulouse - French police repeatedly used tear gas and water cannons to break up a protest Saturday by nearly a 1,000 yellow vest demonstrators in the southwest city of Toulouse.

Giant art project transforms East German housing blocks

Halle (saale) - An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete "Plattenbau" tower blocks that surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered eyesores rather than works of art.

City of hope rises from Madagascar garbage site

Antananarivo - When he was six, Liva spent his days rummaging around an enormous landfill overlooking the hills of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. "You couldn't tell the humans from the pigs and dogs," he recalled.

North Korean defector mothers struggle in South

Seoul - When Lim reached South Korea, she thought she had left behind the miseries of poverty and an unwanted marriage for a better life with her daughter.

Easy credit poses tough challenge for Russian economy

Moscow - New machines popping up in Russian shopping centres seem innocuous enough -- users insert their passport and receive a small loan in a matter of minutes.

North Korea defector and her son found dead: Seoul police

Seoul - The bodies of a North Korean defector and her young son have been found in their apartment, Seoul police said Tuesday, with local media reporting they appeared to have died of starvation.

IMF/World Bank: 75 years as the world's financial firefighters

Washington - At the critical moment of a Hollywood movie starring A-lister Sandra Bullock, Bolivia's newly-elected president calls in the International Monetary Fund to bail out the poverty-stricken country, violating a campaign promise.

Africa poses critical challenge for World Bank, IMF

Washington - Global heat maps of extreme poverty show Africa in deep red. And the problem will only accelerate as population on the continent grows in coming decades.

Lobster fishing in Honduras: a poisoned chalice

Puerto Lempira - Diving for lobsters in the Caribbean waters around Honduras provides a vital source of income for the local indigenous population in La Mosquitia, but it's an extremely hazardous occupation.

Raped, widowed, homeless: Haiti's slum women abandoned to gangs

Port-au-prince - As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover.

Chaos and tragedy in Indian 'brain fever' outbreak

Connaught Place - The stench of urine, chlorine, vomit and death fills the main hospital in Muzaffarpur, the epicentre of a brain fever outbreak in India that has killed over 100 children since June 1.

Argentina's new poor sink deeper amid recession

Buenos Aires - Like many Argentines, Daniel Roger and his family found themselves slipping down the social ladder over the past year to join the one-third of their compatriots living below the poverty line.

Greek road trip: unemployment the big bogey in July 7 vote

Piraeus - When Greeks go to the ballot box on July 7 in early elections, unemployment and recovery from a near-decade crisis will be the main battleground between the outgoing leftist government and the resurgent conservatives.

Daily hell for squatters in Caracas's poorest areas

Caracas - Erick Hurtado wants to escape the abandoned Caracas building that has been his home for eight years, but despite his daily nightmare, he prefers to wait there for the abode promised to him by Venezuela's embattled government.

Crisis-hit Greeks foot steep bills for health and education

Atenas - Every month, when his respiratory medicine runs out, Dionysis Assimakopoulos heads to the most unlikely pharmacy in Athens.

Crisis-hit Greeks foot steep bills for health and education

Atenas - Every month, when his respiratory medicine runs out, Dionysis Assimakopoulos heads to the most unlikely pharmacy in Athens.

No Uber, no problem: Brazil app drives into Sao Paulo's no-go zones

S - When Alvimar da Silva realized Uber did not reach some of the more dangerous, far-flung areas of Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo, he saw an opportunity: if the popular ride-sharing service did not go there, he would.

New World Bank chief says urgent to focus on poverty

Washington - Newly-installed World Bank President David Malpass spent his first day at the global lender Tuesday hammering home the message that the most urgent issue facing the bank is addressing global poverty.

Malawi's president launches re-election campaign

Lilongwe - Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika launched his Democratic Progressive Party’s manifesto and election campaign Sunday, ahead of next month’s elections where he will seek a second and final term in office.

Kremlin aide dismisses Russian poverty report

Moscow - An aide to President Vladimir Putin on Friday dismissed a study showing some Russians were too poor to buy new shoes, prompting criticism the Kremlin was out of touch.

Residents split on future of Romania's trash heap 'time-bomb'

Cluj-napoca - The towering heap of rubbish at the Pata-Rat landfill in western Romania has been condemned as an "environmental time bomb" but for many of its neighbours, this putrid mountain of refuse is a livelihood -- one they want to protect from closure.

Gandhi vows basic income for millions of India's poorest if PM

New Delhi - Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday vowed a "final assault on poverty" in India if elected prime minister in May, promising a minimum income for tens of millions of the country's poorest.

'We need to eat': Philippine boy's struggle to feed his family

Manila - Reymark Cavesirano, 13, leaves before dawn each weekend day on a perilous trip out into Manila Bay to make enough to feed his family, one of millions of deeply poor Filipinos who face a daily struggle for survival.

When snakes strike, lives shatter

Watamu - On June 15, 2015, four-year-old Chepchirchir Kiplagat's life changed forever. Bitten by a snake as she slept, she permanently lost the use of the right side of her body.

World Bank says US official lone candidate for presidency

Washington - The World Bank confirmed Thursday that senior US Treasury official David Malpass was the lone candidate nominated to take over the helm of the development aid institution.

For Russians, growing worries over 'eternal poverty'

Sanktpeterburg - At a Saint Petersburg cafe, a singer performs Soviet-era tunes for 50 pensioners enjoying a mid-day meal.
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A woman stands outside of her temporary home and dried up maize crop in Epworth, in Harare, Zimbabwe
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