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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.

The gap between rich and poor reaches new milestone: Report

The wealth gap between the top one percent and the rest of us is shocking, and if the trend continues, it will only get worse, according to a new study published by Credit Suisse.

Nobel-winning economist Deaton's controversial aid ideas

Stockholm - New Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton is an optimist about economic progress but his theory that poor countries' development could be accelerated by cutting international aid has triggered controversy.

Extreme poverty to fall below 10 percent: World Bank

Washington - Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time, although there is still "great concern" for millions in Africa, a World Bank report said Sunday.

For many families in Portugal, economic crisis has not ended

Porto - She used to be a hairdresser with a mortgage on a spacious apartment in Porto, Portugal's second-largest city and the birthplace of port wine.

Pop stars, world leaders rally to end poverty

New York - Some of the biggest names in music and politics from Beyonce to European prime ministers rallied in a concert aimed at mobilizing action to eradicate extreme poverty.

Zuckerberg, Gates make bid for universal Internet access

New York - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates on Saturday threw their weight and resources behind the goal of bringing Internet access to everyone in the world by 2020.

Everything you wanted to know about UN's new global goals

New York - World leaders are launching an ambitious drive to transform the planet by 2030 with the adoption on Friday of new UN goals to wipe out extreme poverty, promote health and education and combat climate change.

UN's new global goals: A 'to-do list' for the world

New York - World leaders will adopt at a UN summit opening Friday an ambitious set of global goals to end extreme poverty by 2030, promote health and education, and combat climate change.

Pope goes off script in Cuba to urge clergy to embrace poverty

Havana - Pope Francis abandoned his prepared speech Sunday at an evening prayer service in Havana to urge the clergy to embrace poverty and never forget "the most abandoned.

Haiti wants to reform failing school system

Port-au-prince - Nearly three million Haitian children are returning to school Monday to face an educational system rife with exclusion and failure. But one minister is trying to turn the tide.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

75,000 apply for jobs fetching tea in India

New Delhi - Overwhelmed Indian officials have cancelled plans to fill a handful of menial government jobs after being flooded with 75,000 applications -- some from university graduates.

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis: UN

Port-au-prince - Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned.

Trillions of dollars needed for UN anti-poverty plan

New York - The price tag for a bold global new anti-poverty agenda comes to between $3.5 and $5 trillion annually over the next 15 years, part of a United Nations' "to-do list" for the world.

Cheers as UN irons out roadmap to end poverty

New York - Jubilant UN member states put the finishing touches to a hugely ambitious roadmap aimed at wiping out poverty worldwide by 2030 and taking on climate change.

Poverty rises in Mexico under President Pena Nieto

- Two million people joined the ranks of the poor in Mexico between 2012 and 2014, official figures showed Thursday, as the poverty rate rose under President Enrique Pena Nieto.Some 55.3 million people, or 46.

'No home, no bathroom, no life': grim future for Athens homeless

Atenas - On a bench beneath a fluttering Greek flag in front of an Orthodox church, two homeless men are philosophising about the financial crisis that has devastated their country and helped push them onto the streets."What can I say about the situation?
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