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Pioneering school in Cairo struggles to fund pupils

Apo - Among the poorest of Egypt's poor, the so-called "zabbaleen" who scavenge through garbage to eke out a living in a Cairo slum struggle to keep their children in school.

Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day: World Bank

Washington - Despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, nearly half the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day, with a rising share of the poor in wealthier economies, the World Bank said Wednesday.

Iran's new breed of charities on poverty frontline

Tehran - At an outreach centre in southern Tehran, teenagers are learning to be journalists, while upstairs their mothers are fine-tuning their sewing skills and rushing to fill an order for hospital uniforms.

Dead not spared indignities of Venezuela's crisis

Maracaibo - Wenceslao Alvarez's body lay rotting in his house in Maracaibo until the stench spread up the street. His shamed family had no money to bury him.

Brazil's next president faces tough austerity juggling act

Rio De Janeiro - Whoever wins Brazil's presidential election on October 7 will have their work cut out juggling market pressure to implement austerity measures while trying to drag 23 million people out of poverty.

New York festival urges aid, equality amid security panic

New York - The music and political worlds joined together Saturday to press for development aid, gender equality and voter participation, with a festival in New York's Central Park marred by a security scare.

Argentina's economic woes exacerbate the misery of slum life

Buenos Aires - Drug gangs and addicts are a common scourge in the Villa Zavaleta slum in Buenos Aires, where even before the recent economic crisis brought them to their knees, the 1,200 families faced a daily struggle just to eat.

Bulk buying to bartering, shopping Argentines get creative

Buenos Aires - As the prices of basic foodstuffs such as flour, eggs and oil have increased by anything from 40 percent to over 100 percent since the start of the year, Argentines are having to get creative when they go shopping.

Protests at Miami restaurant owned by chef that hosted Venezuela's Maduro

Miami - Angry Venezuelans protested Wednesday outside a Miami restaurant owned by a celebrity Turkish chef who recently hosted President Nicolas Maduro for an ostentatious steak dinner in Istanbul.

War on extreme poverty faces challenges in Africa: World Bank

Washington - The share of the people living in extreme poverty around the globe has declined but is falling a slower pace as the challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa become more acute, the World Bank said Wednesday.

Venezuelans fume as Maduro filmed munching on meat in Turkey

Caracas - Impoverished Venezuelans have reacted with fury after videos of President Nicolas Maduro gorging on succulent pieces of meat in a restaurant owned by a celebrity Turkish chef went viral.

Macron seeks to win back leftwingers with anti-poverty plan

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron announced a slew of measures Thursday to combat stubborn poverty in France, seeking to win back support from leftwingers who say his policies have left the poorest behind.

US household income hit new high in 2017, poverty rate almost static

New York - US median household income rose 1.8 percent in 2017 to $61,372, according to census data released Wednesday, though the poverty rate fell only marginally.

'President of the rich' Macron tackles France's poverty problem

Grigny - Emmanuel Macron may have declared war on poverty, but in the poorest towns of France there is little love lost for the ex-banker slammed by critics as a "president of the rich".

The fight to save, not shut, a McDonald's in France

Marseille - For decades, McDonald's was the brand French people loved to hate.

How the Venezuelan migration crisis affects South America

Montevideo - Venezuela has seen a mass exodus of citizens fleeing poverty, hyperinflation, failing public services and shortages of basic necessities.

Manila's 'Golden Gays' sing for their supper

Manila - Al Enriquez sheds his threadbare street vendor clothes like dead skin and develops a voguish, winking air once he slips into a gauzy gown and wig of tight blond curls.

Child beggars fill Mosul streets a year on from IS

Mosul - Every day little Mohammed Salem roams the streets of Mosul, left with no choice but to hawk tissues after his father was killed by jihadists who overran Iraq's second city.

New initiative to bring clean water to needy children

The Mac and PC tech company OWC (Other World Computing) has teamed up with the charity Splash to bring water to children in need. Splash is a social justice organization committed to the poor.

Macron says France spends 'crazy dough' on social security

Paris - In the video sent out via social media, President Emmanuel Macron was blunt, uncompromising and spoke in layman's terms.In remarks seen as aimed at preparing voters for benefits cuts, he said France "spends a crazy amount of dough on social security".

Food crisis worsens in Sahel region: UN aid chief

New York - The United Nations aid chief raised alarm Tuesday over a worsening food crisis in the Sahel region that has sent malnutrition rates skyrocketing to their worst level since 2012.

Liberia's leader looks abroad for help tackling poverty

Monrovia - After stoking expectations among Liberia's voters for rolling back poverty, President George Weah is facing the twin pressures of time and money to carry out his promises.

Thousands in Argentina protest against utility costs, IMF

Buenos Aires - Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the Argentine capital Friday to protest talks between the government and the IMF amid fresh public anger over a hike in utility prices.

Macron plan for French suburbs slammed as insufficient

Paris - French opposition parties and media on Wednesday slammed President Emmanuel Macron's plan for tackling urban poverty, saying the proposals unveiled a day earlier lacked ambition and were just for show.

Macron lays out 'new method' to tackle urban poverty

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron outlined what he called a "new method" for improving lives in neglected and poverty-wracked areas of French cities on Tuesday after a series of shockingly violent incidents thrust urban crime into the spotlight.

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

S - At home with her student daughter in their central Sao Paulo apartment, Rosangela Gomes de Melo hardly resembles a squatter.

On the edge: the forgotten poor left by Colombia's war

Apo - They live in shantytowns that overlook Bogota -- hundreds of families who fled the bloodshed in rural Colombia during decades of civil war for the relative safety of the country's cities.

$10 bln plan for global education launched at UN

New York - The United Nations joined the World Bank and four regional development banks on Friday to launch a plan to boost funding for education by $10 billion as new data shows a growing gap over access to schools.

Afghan poverty rises sharply since NATO combat troops' departure

Kabul - Poverty has risen sharply in Afghanistan since the departure of NATO's combat troops in 2014, with more than half of the population now living below the poverty line, according to a national survey.

Ahead of polls, apathy and disillusionment in Tunisia

Kasserine - A student from a working-class family in central Tunisia, Karim tries to convince himself municipal elections will usher in a new class of politicians committed to working for local people.
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