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Germany puts refugees to work... for one euro
Germany puts refugees to work... for one euro

With a spoon and spatula in hand an Iraqi refugee lifts the lid on a large pot filled with goulash and potatoes as he begins his shift.

Germany puts refugees to work... for one euro
'Social fridges' open in Argentina as poverty rises
'Social fridges' open in Argentina as poverty rises

With hardship rising due to job cuts and inflation, Argentina has resorted to putting food in outdoor "social fridges" for the needy.

'Social fridges' open in Argentina as poverty rises
Ed Sheeran to headline New York anti-poverty concert
Ed Sheeran to headline New York anti-poverty concert

The English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will headline the Global Citizen Festival, a free concert in New York aimed at rallying support to fight global poverty.

Ed Sheeran to headline New York anti-poverty concert
British PM under fire over rise in food bank users
British PM under fire over rise in food bank users

Britain's opposition centre-left Labour urged Prime Minister David Cameron to address low pay after a charity revealed more than one million people were reliant on food banks.

British PM under fire over rise in food bank users
London food bank busy as Christmas approaches
London food bank busy as Christmas approaches

Food bank use in Britain is growing rapidly and Christmas has been a particularly busy time for centres like the one run by a Christian charity.

London food bank busy as Christmas approaches
Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank
Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank

Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned Sunday.

Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank
Men eat their lunch on a street after buying the food from a street vendor in Beijing. ©REUTERS
More than 82 million in poverty in China: official

More than 82 million people in China still live on less than about $1 a day, despite a decades-long boom that made it the world's second-largest economy.

More than 82 million in poverty in China: official
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Ghana says poverty cut by half since 1992

The number of people living in poverty in Ghana halved between 1992 and 2013, the government said Friday.

Ghana says poverty cut by half since 1992
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Kazakhstan to share experience in poverty eradication internationally: Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed to create a poverty eradication roadmap in the countries of Asia and Africa.

Kazakhstan to share experience in poverty eradication internationally: Nazarbayev
Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam
Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam

Desperate Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are slipping further into debt and poverty, affecting their children's education and their dignity, an international aid agency said Thursday.

Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam
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Study details 'severe' brutality against women in PNG

Women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea suffer "severe brutality" with violence, including savage attacks involving knives, axes and whips, occurring in two-thirds of all families.

Study details 'severe' brutality against women in PNG
US National Security Advisor Susan Rice. ©REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
USAID hails 'eureka moments' in infant, maternal health

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice called for more "eureka moments" and "unorthodox partnerships."

USAID hails 'eureka moments' in infant, maternal health
Mexico's poverty figures staggering: Amnesty
Mexico's poverty figures staggering: Amnesty

Mexico's enormous and worsening poverty figures underscore that authorities have not made fighting it a top priority.

Mexico's poverty figures staggering: Amnesty
Halving world hunger by 2015 'within reach': UN
Halving world hunger by 2015 'within reach': UN

Despite economic crises and dwindling aid, the UN said Monday huge progress had been made towards meeting the so-called Millennium Development Goals.

Halving world hunger by 2015 'within reach': UN
World Bank chief faces challenges as he makes his mark
World Bank chief faces challenges as he makes his mark

In his first year as president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has tried to refocus the institution on fighting poverty and climate change -- but challenges lie ahead.

World Bank chief faces challenges as he makes his mark
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Anti-poverty activists gather, but Syria dominates G8 talks

Thousands of protesters are expected on the streets of Belfast to urge G8 leaders to act on global poverty, although the issue looks likely to be overshadowed by concerns over the Syria conflict.

Anti-poverty activists gather, but Syria dominates G8 talks
World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy. ©REUTERS
Poorest WTO members win new patent-rule waiver

The globe's poorest nations have won an eight-year extension of a waiver on intellectual property rules, but still need to hold talks on the vexed issue of pharmaceutical patents.

Poorest WTO members win new patent-rule waiver
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Spanish regions take steps to help needy children

To help children plunged into poverty by Spain's grinding recession, several regional governments have stepped up aid programmes for needy students.

Spanish regions take steps to help needy children
Leaders call on UN to set new zero poverty target
Leaders call on UN to set new zero poverty target

The leaders of Britain, Indonesia and Liberia on Thursday called on the United Nations to set a target of 2030 to eradicate extreme poverty.

Leaders call on UN to set new zero poverty target
UN call to financial arms for new war on poverty
UN call to financial arms for new war on poverty

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent battling extreme poverty and disease since 2000 and now the United Nations is lining up a new war on the social distress still suffered by huge numbers around the world.

UN call to financial arms for new war on poverty