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South African president says new coalition government is united in tackling unemployment and poverty

Jul. 18, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa opened a new parliamentary term Thursday, nearly two months after an historic election result reshaped the country's politics and led to the formation of an unprecedented multiparty government coalition. ...

Bolivia's beleaguered president announces natural gas discovery, promising a boon for the country

Jul. 15, 2024 19:41 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's embattled president on Monday announced the discovery of vast natural gas reserves, describing it as the biggest find in nearly two decades that could help the cash-strapped country reverse its falling production. President Luis Arce called the...

Baltimore officials sue to block 'baby bonus' initiative that would give new parents $1,000

Jul. 15, 2024 15:52 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor and city council have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a proposal that would let voters decide whether to give all new parents a one-time $1,000 “baby bonus” meant to help alleviate childhood poverty from birth. The complaint was filed...

New parents in Baltimore could get a $1,000 'baby bonus' under a proposal to fight child poverty

Jul. 08, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — New parents in Baltimore could receive a $1,000 “baby bonus” if voters approve a proposal that aims to help reduce childhood poverty from birth with a modest one-time cash payment. A group of Baltimore teachers is behind the effort. Organizers recently secured...

South Africa's unprecedented new coalition has 7 parties in the Cabinet. Here's a breakdown

Jul. 01, 2024 07:30 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has included seven different parties in his Cabinet in an unprecedented power-sharing agreement in the continent's most industrialized country after the African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority in a milestone...

Only 17% of targets to improve life around the world are likely to be reached by 2030, UN reports

Jun. 29, 2024 00:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations warned Friday that only 17% of its 169 targets to improve life for the world’s more than 7 billion people are on track to be reached by the 2030 deadline. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the annual report saying, “It...

Mauritania's President Ould Ghazouani seeks reelection amid regional security crisis

Jun. 28, 2024 08:05 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani — who is seeking a second term in office in a vote on Saturday — is promising more economic growth and social programs to eradicate poverty and prevent extremism in the vast West African desert nation, even though...

Post Malone and Doja Cat to headline Global Citizen Festival to mobilize young people

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Post Malone and Doja Cat, two of pop music’s biggest stars, will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 28, as organizers focus on mobilizing young people to help address the world’s pressing problems. The COVID-19...

The UN says a quarter of the world's children under 5 have severe food poverty. Many are in Africa

Jun. 06, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

KALTUNGO, Nigeria (AP) — The 9-month-old twins cried nonstop and tugged at their mother, seeking attention but also food. They had received little in the past 24 hours, and there were signs of deeper hunger in the heads too big for their tiny bodies. “Not much milk comes out,”...

Modi touts India's roaring economy as he seeks reelection, but many feel left behind

May. 31, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

SAMASTIPUR, India (AP) — Narendra Modi swept to power a decade ago on promises to transform India’s economy, and it would be hard to argue he hasn’t made strides. As he seeks a third term as prime minister, the country’s economic growth is the envy of the world, its stock markets are...