Latest Poverty News

Ahead of another donor conference for Syria, humanitarian workers fear more aid cuts

May. 26, 2024 01:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Living in a tent in rebel-held northwestern Syria, Rudaina al-Salim and her family struggle to find enough water for drinking and other basic needs such as cooking and washing. Their encampment north of the city of Idlib hasn't seen any aid in six months. ...

Mexico's poorest receiving less government funds under president who brought poor to the fore

May. 24, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador swept into office nearly six years ago with a simple motto laying out his administration’s priorities: “For the good of all, first the poor.” His administration scrapped a host of existing social programs and...

Poverty in Lebanon tripled over a decade, World Bank says

May. 23, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Poverty in Lebanon tripled over the course of a decade during which the small Mediterranean country slid into a protracted financial crisis, the World Bank said Thursday. The percentage of people in Lebanon living below the poverty line rose from 12% in 2012 to 44% in...

South Africa election: How Mandela's once revered ANC lost its way with infighting and scandals

May. 22, 2024 01:21 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For years, the African National Congress rose above politics in South Africa. It was a movement dedicated to freeing Black people from the oppression of white minority rule and to the lofty principle of democracy, equality and a better life for all South Africans. ...

Former South Africa leader Zuma promises jobs and free education as he launches party manifesto

May. 19, 2024 03:14 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma Saturday lamented the high levels of poverty among black South Africans and promised to create jobs and tackle crime as he launched his new political party's manifesto ahead of the country's much anticipated elections. ...

South Africa will mark 30 years of freedom amid inequality, poverty and a tense election ahead

Apr. 26, 2024 02:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As 72-year-old Nonki Kunene walks through the corridors of Thabisang Primary School in Soweto, South Africa, she recalls the joy she and many others felt 30 years ago when they voted for the first time. It was at this school on April 27, 1994, that Kunene joined...

Meet the members of a transitional council tasked with choosing new leaders for beleaguered Haiti

Apr. 25, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A transitional council tasked with bringing political stability to Haiti was installed Thursday in the capital of this Caribbean country, which is marred by gang violence and soaring hunger and poverty. The freshly sworn-in council will appoint a new...

Houston-area program to give $500 monthly payments to some residents on hold after Texas lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Harris County, which includes Houston, to put on hold a guaranteed income program that would provide $500 monthly cash payments to roughly 2,000 residents. The program has become a target of Republican Texas Attorney...

World Bank's Banga wants to make gains in tackling the effects of climate change, poverty and war

Apr. 18, 2024 20:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was no shortage of stressors to the global economy when Ajay Banga took charge at the World Bank almost a year ago: inflation eating at nations drowning in debt, a once-in-a-generation pandemic, climate disasters and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Factor in...

Movie Review: Ken Loach, longtime chronicler of social ills, seeks a hopeful note in ‘The Old Oak’

Apr. 03, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

In so many ways, TJ Ballantyne is a classic Ken Loach hero: a working-class, middle-aged man trying to simply eke out a dignified living, but meeting obstacles at each turn — a victim of unforgiving social realities that leave people like him in the dust. Like many of these Loach...