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Pope opens launderette for the homeless

Vatican City - The "Pope Francis Launderette" opened its doors Monday offering the poor and homeless to wash their clothes and bedding for free, the Vatican announced.

Shanghai river clean-up leaves boat-dwellers in limbo

Li Chaoqing fled his poverty-stricken Chinese hometown at age 14 for a new life in Shanghai, where he raised five children in a disused old boat on a polluted river.

Poverty in Russia rises to decade-high of 20 million

Moscow - The number of Russians living in poverty reached nearly 20 million last year -- a decade high -- after sanctions over Ukraine and an oil crisis battered the economy, official figures showed Wednesday.Some 19.

Six months post-hurricane, hunger gnaws at southern Haiti

Jeremie - Crouching beside the makeshift shelter shared with his parents and five siblings, Fanfan Edouard slowly sharpens his machete. But there's no rush to cut firewood, because there is no food to cook.

Germany wealth inequality gap 'growing wider'

Berlin - A growing gap between rich and poor in Germany could sap social cohesion in Europe's largest economy and most populous country, a government report warned Thursday.

City living makes asthma worse for poor children

A new U.S. focused study has found that living in inner cities can worsen asthma for children in who live in economically deprived households. Other disparities relating to ethnicity, as well as social class, have been highlighted.

Migrants, women left behind in human development: UN

Stockholm - Impressive advances have been made in human development over the past 25 years on many fronts, but ethnic minorities, refugees, migrants and women are being left behind, a United Nations report said on Tuesday.

Senegalese mayor faces investigation over $2.85m fraud

Dakar - The mayor of Senegal's capital is facing a judicial probe into the disappearance of 1.83 billion CFA francs ($2.85 million) in city funds, the country's top prosecutor said Friday.

Senegalese mayor faces investigation over $2.85m fraud

Dakar - The mayor of Senegal's capital is facing a judicial probe into the disappearance of 1.83 billion CFA francs ($2.85 million) in city funds, the country's top prosecutor said Friday.

Surviving Russia's winter a grim triumph for homeless

Sanktpeterburg - As the fierce winter drags towards an end in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, Eduard Okuniyev is counting himself lucky to still be alive.

Nigeria casts its first social safety net

Lagos - Nearly two years after taking office, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is making good on an election vow to help the poor, deploying a welfare scheme that is gaining traction across Africa.

Hard work ahead for new Gambian president

M - They breathed a sigh of relief when strongman Yahya Jammeh finally left The Gambia.But supporters of the new president, Adama Barrow, say he has a lot to do to get the country -- one of Africa's poorest -- on its feet.

UN expert urges Saudi to end ban on women driving

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's government should end the kingdom's ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system, a United Nations independent expert said on Thursday.

Silicon Valley's 'prosperity paradox'

Silicon Valley is a land of extremes. At one end are California's wealthy and super-wealthy — the 76,000 millionaires and billionaires who call Santa Clara and San Mateo counties home.

Poorest countries falling further behind: UN

Geneva - The planet's poorest countries are falling further behind the rest of the world and cannot catch up without more aid and favourable trade deals, a UN report said Tuesday.

Duterte claims he can eradicate poverty in Philippines by 2040

President Rodrigo Duterte announced he aims at eradicating poverty from the Philippines in the next 25 years and transform his country into a middle-class society through a plan called Ambisyon Natin 2040.

The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

Chengalpattu - A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes.

The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

Chengalpattu - A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes.

The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

Chengalpattu - A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes.

Burkina Faso looks to wage 'insurrection against poverty'

Ouagadougou - Desperately poor Burkina Faso has known much turmoil over a half-century of independence, and is once again poised for battle, but this time its ambitious prime minister pledges it will be an "insurrection against poverty".

Ivory Coast's penniless children try golf, game of the rich

Yamoussoukro - Plucked out of poverty, 1,000 children in Ivory Coast are being given a unique chance to learn golf, and 10-year-old Jessica likes the idea.

One in four EU children at risk of poverty: study

Brussels - One in four children in the European Union -- some 25 million -- risk poverty or social exclusion, the EU statistics agency said Wednesday.Romania and Bulgaria were the worst off in the 28-nation bloc with 46.8 percent and 43.

Natural disasters push 26 million into poverty annually: World Bank

Marrakesh - Natural disasters drive at least 26 million people into poverty each year and cause more than $500 billion in lost consumption, far exceeding the value of damage to property alone, according to a World Bank report released Monday.

Record heat in 2016 but no drop in CO2 emissions: reports

Marrakesh - The year 2016 is on track to be the hottest on record, the UN forecast Monday, while the World Bank calculated that 26 million people slip into poverty annually due to natural disasters, reflecting the risks posed by climate change.

Romania's 'invisible' Roma battle for identity

- Denisa, Robert and Calin have never celebrated their birthdays: the three children, like thousands of other Romanians, don't have birth certificates, leaving them in an administrative black hole."It's very hard.

Luxury thrives amid misery in Ukraine's war-torn east

Donetsk - Fancy restaurants and trendy boutiques stand just blocks away from stuffy bomb shelters where survivors hunker down in eastern Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel capital city of Donetsk.

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Rio De Janeiro - French Paralympians got a taste of Rio's tough realities in a visit to a favela Friday but the impoverished children greeting the disabled athletes got an eye opener of their own.

Debate on China poverty after mother kills her 4 children

Bejing - The killing of four children by their poverty-stricken mother -- who then committed suicide, followed by her husband -- sparked online outrage and debate in China Tuesday over the gap between rich and poor.

Rio police help give favela kids a path

Rio De Janeiro - In a craggy back alley of the Providencia favela in central Rio, two dozen children and teenagers chat noisily while waiting for a military police van to take them for their first visit to the Olympic park."Behave during the trip!

The 'rented out' children on Guatemala's streets

Guatemala City - Kids can be seen cleaning windshields or juggling in clown makeup on street corners in Guatemala's cities.
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