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Pandemic could push 115 mn into extreme poverty in 2020: World Bank

Washington - As many as 115 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty this year due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank warned Wednesday.

Pandemic deepens struggle of Mexico's indigenous villages

Metlatonoc - In the poverty-stricken mountains of southern Mexico, children can only dream of internet or television that would allow them to join millions of others following distance learning during the pandemic.

Op-Ed: ‘Apocalyptic’ 2020 election – America’s ghosts are raised

Washington - How the United States got itself into the insane situation in which it finds itself for the 2020 election is all too obvious. Decades of deliberate polarization. Why America wants to raise its ugliest ghosts, however, is much less clear.

Beirut blasts heap fresh woes on deeper Lebanon crisis

Beirut - For the Lebanese people, who have watched helplessly as their economy has collapsed in recent months, the devastating explosion in Beirut is one disaster too many.

Disabled Gaza couple make dolls to give their children 'decent life'

Rafah - With skilled fingers, disabled Gazan couple Nihad and Zeinab Jarboa have supported themselves by sewing finely detailed dolls and costumes, but coronavirus has hurt their already meagre income.

Areas in the U.S. with the highest loan take-up rates revealed

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the U.S. economy, and one of the measures of this is with the take-up of loans. New data from WalletHub shows considerable variation throughout the U.S., as measured by individual states.

Egypt homeless, street children hit hard by pandemic scourge

Apo - Wandering Cairo's bustling streets, Zeinab was struggling to survive by selling tissues when the coronavirus left her even more vulnerable, along with thousands of other homeless people and street children.

As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'

Kiev - Tears of joy stream down Andrea Viez's face as she lifts her baby boy, born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine."He's a star," the Argentinian in her late 40s says, her voice trembling.

Elevated extreme poverty to persist through 2021: World Bank

Washington - Global economic growth could rebound next year -- but the number of people living in extreme poverty is expected to remain unchanged after a huge surge this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank warned Tuesday.

Walls close in on Thailand's poorest as virus shrivels economy

Bangkok - Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury.

South Africa leader faces thorny test over virus lockdown

Johanesburg - Admired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Spain govt okays basic income scheme to tackle poverty

Madrid - Spain's leftwing government approved a minimum basic income scheme on Friday to tackle a spike in poverty stemming from the virus crisis that has forced many families to rely on food aid.

With few computers, Romania and Bulgaria face homeschool hurdles

Darova - Maria Avadanei is exhilarated: after receiving a tablet as a donation, she can finally take her online lessons."I was afraid of failing my classes," says the 15-year-old from Darova, a rural commune in Transylvania in western Romania.

From opera to bread line: Italy's surge in the 'new poor'

Rome - Within 10 minutes, all the food was gone.For years, the Ronda della Solidarieta (Solidarity Patrol) charity has served up free dinners twice a week for Rome's needy, passed out at twilight in the shadow of the city's ancient ruins.

Nearly 1 in 5 US children left hungry since virus crisis: study

Washington - Nearly a fifth of young children in the United States are not getting enough to eat since the coronavirus pandemic erupted, according to research out Wednesday highlighting the broader health impact of the crisis.

UK virus toll rises 739 as stats show disadvantaged worst hit

London - Britain's overall death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose by 739 to 27,510 on Friday, as new data indicated that people in disadvantaged areas were worse hit.

Colored flags signal Guatemalans' need for help under virus curfew

Guatemala City - Floridalma Chavez, 24, hangs a bit of white cloth in the window of her home in Guatemala City, alerting the neighborhood that she and her family need help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Op-Ed: The downside of coronavirus — how society is reacting

There is a 'dark side' to the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from people engaging in cyber-scams to the impact of the virus disproportionately impacting upon people in low-income households. We take a look at some examples.

India's poor hit hardest by virus lockdown

Ghaziabad - With his rickshaw sitting idle outside his one-room shack, Sailesh Kumar is one of the hundreds of millions of poor Indians hit the hardest by the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus adds to struggles in City of God favela

Rio De Janeiro - There are no good options these days in City of God.Venture out in this densely populated Rio de Janeiro favela, and residents risk exposing themselves to coronavirus.Stay in, and many have nothing to eat.

Coronavirus pandemic 'amplifying' poverty in UK

London - The coronavirus pandemic is increasing poverty in Britain, where levels are already high after a decade of austerity triggered by the global financial crisis, according to experts.

Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot dead lockdown troublemakers

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces they should shoot dead anyone causing "trouble" in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus puts Hong Kong's 'McRefugees' back on streets

Fpo - Virtually blind and penniless, Leung Ping-kuen usually spends his nights dozing in one of Hong Kong's many 24-hour McDonald's but now finds himself back on the streets because of the coronavirus.

'Stay home,' impossible advice for Rio's homeless

Rio De Janeiro - Stay home, wash hands -- the rules of the coronavirus pandemic sound simple enough. But not for people who don't have homes, on the streets in places like Rio de Janeiro.

Perfect storm of virus peril in Asia's sprawling slums

Tondo - Mary Grace Aves is terrified of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, but the best weapons to protect her family -- isolation and sanitation -- are unreachable luxuries in the Manila shantytown they call home.

12-year-old bookworm launches favela library in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Lua has a hungry look on her face as she holds her new book on Nelson Mandela, one of thousands the precocious 12-year-old has amassed for her new library in a poor Brazilian favela."I don't read books.

Science and shamanism: Medicine meets Myanmar's far-flung Naga tribes

- With Malaria and tuberculosis screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double-act in their isolated Myanmar village.

'Green favela' fights to live sustainably in Brazil

S - At first glance, it looks like any other shantytown in Brazil: a precarious jumble of tin-roof shacks and shoddy streets.

Children die of malnutrition in northern Argentina

Salta - In parched and dusty villages in northern Argentina, children have been dying of hunger and disease linked to a lack of clean water and nutrition, despite living in one of Latin America's richest economies.

Haiti's president names new prime minister to tackle crisis

Port-au-prince - Haiti's president Jovenel Moise on Monday named a new prime minister to tackle the country's worsening socio-political and security crisis.
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Right to Housing Rally. Harvey, a formerly homeless man.
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Fatma is paralysed and has been sitting on the mattress in this bedroom for eight years.
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