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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.

World Bank to attack poverty in conflict zones

Washington - The World Bank launched a new effort Thursday to combat extreme poverty by expanding work in countries beset by violence.

Romanian boxer inspires girls to knock out poverty

Buzau - Steluta Duta was a teenaged orphan living on the streets when, one cold January day in 2002, she stepped through the door of a boxing gym in the town of Buzau and embarked on her unlikely path to becoming an elite athlete.

Dying has become a luxury in crisis-ridden Argentina

Buenos Aires - No one can escape Argentina's biggest economic crisis in almost two decades -- not even the dead. The cost of buying, renting and maintaining graves and tombs is so high that many people opt to cremate their loved ones instead.

Austerity — the backdrop to Britain's 'Brexit election'

Slough - As record numbers of Britons are forced to use food banks and homelessness soars, for many people rampant poverty, not Brexit, is the main issue in next week's general election.In Slough, west of London and just four miles (6.

'The end': Poverty bites in remote Egyptian village

The name of the remote Egyptian village Al-Nehaya sounds much like the Arabic word for "the end", which is sadly fitting given the grinding poverty endured by most of its people.

Still in streets, Iraqis say problem is poverty

Diwaniyah - Chants demanding complete regime change have echoed across Iraq for weeks, but what first brought demonstrators onto the street was the profound poverty of one of the world's most oil-rich countries.

Police choppers a terrifying sight in Rio slums

Rio De Janeiro - For those who live in Rio de Janeiro's crime-wracked slums, danger and fear are not just around every corner -- they also come from the sky.

Pope hosts meal for 1,500 poor and homeless

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday hosted around 1,500 poor and homeless people for lunch at the Vatican, decrying indifference to poverty as the Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor."My thoughts go to those who...

How Russia's foster children are saving dying villages

Sanktpeterburg - In a small room with a blackboard and lace curtains, first-grader Danya listens as his teacher explains the concept of vowels and consonants. In this village school with 36 pupils, he is one of 13 foster children.

Persistent trade tensions risk worsening poverty: World Bank

Washington - As global trade tensions persist, investments are put on hold and without that cash to boost economic growth, poverty could surge, the World Bank's chief economist warned Tuesday.

Harry and Meghan wrap up African tour

Johanesburg - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday wrapped up a marathon tour of southern Africa by visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after pledging millions for skills training for jobless youngsters.

French police break up yellow vest protest with tear gas

Toulouse - French police repeatedly used tear gas and water cannons to break up a protest Saturday by nearly a 1,000 yellow vest demonstrators in the southwest city of Toulouse.

Giant art project transforms East German housing blocks

Halle (saale) - An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete "Plattenbau" tower blocks that surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered eyesores rather than works of art.

City of hope rises from Madagascar garbage site

Antananarivo - When he was six, Liva spent his days rummaging around an enormous landfill overlooking the hills of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. "You couldn't tell the humans from the pigs and dogs," he recalled.

North Korean defector mothers struggle in South

Seoul - When Lim reached South Korea, she thought she had left behind the miseries of poverty and an unwanted marriage for a better life with her daughter.

Easy credit poses tough challenge for Russian economy

Moscow - New machines popping up in Russian shopping centres seem innocuous enough -- users insert their passport and receive a small loan in a matter of minutes.

North Korea defector and her son found dead: Seoul police

Seoul - The bodies of a North Korean defector and her young son have been found in their apartment, Seoul police said Tuesday, with local media reporting they appeared to have died of starvation.

IMF/World Bank: 75 years as the world's financial firefighters

Washington - At the critical moment of a Hollywood movie starring A-lister Sandra Bullock, Bolivia's newly-elected president calls in the International Monetary Fund to bail out the poverty-stricken country, violating a campaign promise.

Africa poses critical challenge for World Bank, IMF

Washington - Global heat maps of extreme poverty show Africa in deep red. And the problem will only accelerate as population on the continent grows in coming decades.

Lobster fishing in Honduras: a poisoned chalice

Puerto Lempira - Diving for lobsters in the Caribbean waters around Honduras provides a vital source of income for the local indigenous population in La Mosquitia, but it's an extremely hazardous occupation.
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