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The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Bejing - Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street.

Rio's bid to wrest 'favelas' from gangs loses steam

Rio De Janeiro - Known as the setting of a Michael Jackson video clip in the late 1990s, Santa Marta is Rio's best known favela, a hillside community perched between Sugarloaf and a colossal Christ the Redeemer.

Progress in fight on poverty, but more work needed: Bill Gates

New York - Great progress has been made since 1990 in alleviating global poverty, but much remains to be done, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said in a report out Wednesday.

Haiti's failing school system: 'like in a country at war'

Port-au-prince - Schools with classes of 80 students, parents unable to afford even modest fees, thousands of unqualified teachers -- as students in Haiti return to school, the country's badly underfunded education system seems headed for a failing grade.

Deadly storm tells tale of two cities in Macau

Macau - When Typhoon Hato swept into Macau it exposed a very different side to a city best-known for ostentatious casinos and wealthy high rollers.

Man Who Brings The Light lifts Romania's poor out of darkness

- It is late, but Nicoleta Monea and her children cannot sleep. This is the last night the family will spend without electricity, thanks to "The Man Who Brings The Light".

Czechs strike deal to move pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Prague - The Czech government said Monday it had struck a deal to move a pig farm from the site of a former Nazi concentration camp where hundreds of Roma perished during World War II.

In Rio, office workers join the ranks of the homeless

Rio De Janeiro - Vilmar Mendonca used to be a human resources director for several companies in Brazil. Now he is homeless, sleeping outdoors along with thousands of other victims of the country's economic crisis.

Tourists seeking 'Despacito' discover Puerto Rico's La Perla

San Juan - Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit "Despacito" was filmed."The gringos are coming!

Economic rebound bypasses Spain's poorest neighbourhood

Seville - Elvira Montadas pushes her neighbour in a wheelchair along a badly paved sidewalk, past crumbling buildings, in return for some pocket change.

Economic rebound bypasses Spain's poorest neighbourhood

Seville - Elvira Montadas pushes her neighbour in a wheelchair along a badly paved sidewalk, past crumbling buildings, in return for some pocket change.

U2 singer Bono talks development aid with French president Macron

Paris - Irish rock star Bono, founder of the ONE campaign against poverty and disease, met on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who stressed his wish to increase development aid, according to the U2 frontman.

CARE chief says Yemen situation a 'shame on humanity'

Sanaa - The head of anti-poverty NGO CARE International on Saturday denounced the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, which is also suffering from a cholera epidemic, as "an absolute shame on humanity".

In Mongolia's yurt slums, nomads dream of city life

Ulan Bator - On the steep hills encircling Mongolia's capital, skyscrapers and apartments give way to ramshackle bungalows and tattered yurts, in rickety fenced enclosures with no running water.

UN envoy Lilly Singh calls on India to show comic tolerance

New Delhi - Comic and UN ambassador Lilly Singh has called on the Indian government to be more tolerant of satire after a popular comedy group was slapped with criminal charges over allegations that they insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rio's City of God clinic becomes 'war' hospital

Rio De Janeiro - In the City of God, a Rio slum made famous by a movie of the same name, the local clinic used to treat minor ailments like the flu or stomach aches.

G20 launches plan to fight poverty in Africa

Hamburg - G20 nations launched an unprecedented initiative Saturday at the group's summit in Germany to fight poverty in Africa, but critics called the plan half-hearted.

Paintwork: young Liberians slap on any message you want

Monrovia - Standing in sweltering heat for hours at a time, painted head-to-toe in the colours of the tax authority, Emmanuel Howard has become a fixture at traffic junctions in Liberia's capital Monrovia.

Why corn is best used for food and not for biofuels

Should corn production be orientated more towards biofuels, as a green energy alternative, or for food? This debate has continued to run since biofuel technology has come to the fore. A new report argues that the biofuel argument has lost credibility.

Activists demand removal of pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Lety - Anti-racism activists from across Europe on Saturday demanded the removal of a pig farm from a Holocaust memorial site where hundreds of Roma perished in a Nazis concentration camp during World War II.

Activists demand removal of pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Lety - Anti-racism activists from across Europe on Saturday demanded the removal of a pig farm from a Holocaust memorial site where hundreds of Roma perished in a Nazis concentration camp during World War II.

Surrogacy remains a lure for Cambodia's poorest despite ban

Takeo - Peeling a mango inside her rickety wooden shack, Chhum Long explains how her daughter's decision to nurture a Western couple's baby in her womb helped her family buy two desperately needed items: a metal roof and a motorbike.

One in five children in developed world in relative poverty: UN

Paris - One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a UNICEF report published Thursday that put the US and New Zealand among the world's worst performers for youth well-being.

One in five children in developed world in relative poverty: UN

Paris - One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a UNICEF report published Thursday that put the US and New Zealand among the world's worst performers for youth well-being.

One in five children in developed world in relative poverty: UN

Paris - One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a UNICEF report published Thursday that put the US and New Zealand among the world's worst performers for youth well-being.

Greek families left struggling after successive cuts

Atenas - In the living room of his small Athens flat, 40-year-old Dimitris Voutsinos scours the web for job ads -- one of thousands struggling to cope as Greece's economic crisis endures.

Generation homeless: trying to help Egypt's street kids

Cairo - Barefoot and wearing shabby clothes, the two-year-old wanders through the dirty streets of Cairo alongside her mother, who has also spent all her life without a home of her own.

Quality of life on rise for many Africans, report says

Abidjan - Africans are seeing a steady improvement in the quality of their lives, with some countries even nearing world averages, says a wide-ranging report out Monday on the continent's future.While large portions of the continent's 1.

High crime rate a shadow over Caribbean tourism: study

Miami - The Caribbean and its pristine beaches may be a tourist magnet, but life in paradise comes at a price: the soaring violent crime rate is higher than in Latin America or Africa.

Argentina farmers stage vegetable giveaway to protest low prices

Buenos Aires - Farmers in Argentina gave away truckloads of vegetables in central Buenos Aires on Wednesday in a protest over low prices for their produce that also highlighted the growing ranks of poor in the country.
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