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Parts of Africa, India, China could get too hot for key crops

By Marlowe Hood PARIS — Climate change is on track to disrupt lifeline food crops across large swathes of Africa and Asia already mired in chronic poverty, according to an international study released Friday. More than 350 million people face a “perfect storm” of conditions for potential food disaster, warns…

Food prices push 44 million into poverty: World Bank

WASHINGTON – Rising food prices have pushed about 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June, the World Bank warned Tuesday. Food costs are continuing to rise to near 2008 levels, when price spikes in food and oil had devastating impacts on the poor, the development lender…

Jordanians rally against corruption and poverty

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordanian activists rallied outside government offices Saturday as they tried to step up their campaign to force Prime Minister Samir Rifai to step down. Inspired by unrest in Tunisia and elsewhere in the region, about 200 Jordanians gathered outside the prime minister’s office shouting “Our government is…

78-year-old woman gets death threats after Beck shouts conspiracy

A 78-year-old professor from New York became the target of death threats after Fox News conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck began castigating her as the source of what he called a communist plot to destroy America. Prof. Frances Fox Piven, who’s long taught sociology at the City University of New York…

Many elderly in US will face poverty: study

Nearly half of elderly Americans will face a future with at least one year below or close to the poverty line, according to a new study that showed a huge racial divide in prospects for the elderly. Mark R. Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, said the…

Global poverty doubled since 1970s: UN

GENEVA — The number of very poor countries has doubled in the last 30 to 40 years, while the number of people living in extreme poverty has also grown two-fold, a UN think-tank warned Thursday. In its annual report on the 49 least developed countries (LDCs) in the world, the…

World poverty seen falling sharply but patchily

UN goal of halving global poverty rates on track, pushed by China and India It’s lunchtime, but the cooking pots are empty outside Nurain Dimalao’s shack. Her 7-year-old son plays amid the flies in garbage-strewn sand. She worries where his next meal will come from. Baseco Compound, a shantytown of…

‘Record increase’ in number of Americans in poverty

The number of people in the US who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama’s watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty. Census figures for 2009 — the recession-ravaged first year of…

Homelessness set to surge among US elderly: report

WASHINGTON — The number of homeless senior citizens will likely soar by one third over the next decade as the US population ages, a report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness warned Monday. The projection is based on the record number of so-called Baby Boomers turning 65 in the…

SC Lt. Gov. regrets comparing poor to animals, then does it again

The man who nearly became acting governor of South Carolina last year when his boss absconded to South America to visit his lover is now taking heat for comparing poor people to “stray animals.” South Carolina Lt.-Gov. Andre Bauer, a candidate for governor, made the comment during a town hall…

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