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Arab countries waste billions on oil subsidies: UN report

Arab countries are wasting tens of billions of dollars on subsidies for petrol and energy but dare not roll them back for fear of a political backlash, a UN report said. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) report this week said six of the world’s 10 biggest subsidizers are in the…

U.N.: HIV drives families into ‘irreversible poverty’

Tens of thousands of HIV-affected households in Asia are facing “irreversible poverty” because of the cost of living with the disease, with women and children hardest hit, a UN report said Thursday. Catastrophic healthcare costs and the loss of employment opportunities due to widespread discrimination mean that many HIV-positive households…