Latest Poverty News

Inflation pushed 71M people into poverty since Ukraine war

Jul. 07, 2022 04:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A staggering 71 million more people around the world are experiencing poverty as a result of soaring food and energy prices that climbed in the weeks following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program said in a report Thursday. ...

4 bears killed in Alaska campground reserved for homeless

Jul. 06, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials have killed four black bears in a campground recently reserved for people in Anchorage who are homeless after the city's largest shelter was closed. Employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday killed a sow and...

UN: 2.3 billion people severely or moderately hungry in 2021

Jul. 06, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The spike in food, fuel and fertilizer prices sparked by the war in Ukraine is threatening to push countries around the world into famine, bringing “global destabilization, starvation and mass migration on an unprecedented scale,” a top U.N. official warned Wednesday. ...

Ukraine's shadow: Deadly crises like Somalia starved of aid

Jul. 06, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than two dozen children have died of hunger in the past two months in a single hospital in Somalia. Dr. Yahye Abdi Garun has watched their emaciated parents stumble in from rural areas gripped by the driest drought in decades. And yet no humanitarian aid arrives. ...

Facing severe drought, Somalia calls for Turkish support

Jul. 06, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Somalia’s president on Wednesday called for assistance from Turkey to combat the effects of severe drought that is threatening the Horn of Africa. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the comments during his first visit to Turkey since returning to office following an...

How a favela in Rio got its clean water back, for $42,300

Jul. 03, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Butterflies and waxbills flit through the Enchanted Valley just outside Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest National Park. There are fruit trees, a nearby waterfall and a commanding view out over the Atlantic Ocean. But for decades something was spoiling the idyll: the stench...

Pets are being given up as owners struggle to pay bills

Jul. 03, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Two German Shepherds were found all alone at Lori Wilson Dog Park in Cocoa Beach last month. They had been abandoned, and, apart from being a little dehydrated, were otherwise fine and good natured, but extremely stressed because their humans had deserted them. ...

Campground seen as stopgap for unhoused people in Anchorage

Jun. 30, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of people experiencing homelessness in Alaska's largest city will now camp at a city-owned site where bears recently tumbled through belongings, as a major local shelter closes. The Sullivan Arena, which provided shelter for hundreds of people...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 30, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. June 29, 2022. Editorial: Don’t rush legislation at NY special session Gov. Kathy Hochul has called for a special session of the state Legislature on Thursday aimed at addressing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated the state’s...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 29, 2022 23:54 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. June 25, 2022. Editorial: Success Mixed On Teen Births As with a lot of indicators about the well-being of people in Mississippi, this state has made significant progress in reducing the number of teen births, but it still has a long way to go....