Latest Poverty News

Argentina's poverty levels hit 57% of population, a 20-year high in January, study finds

Feb. 19, 2024 21:54 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Poverty levels skyrocketed to 57.4% of Argentina's 46 million people in January, the highest rate in 20 years, according to a study by the Catholic University of Argentina. The findings quickly unleashed accusations between Argentina’s former Vice...

Foreign aid drops sharply as Taliban abuses jeopardize the Afghan health system, group says

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Afghanistan’s public health system has been hit hard following a sharp reduction in foreign assistance, coupled with serious Taliban abuses against women and girls, jeopardizing the right to healthcare of millions of Afghans. ...

Maryland's Gov. Moore says state has been 'leaving too much potential on the table' in speech

Feb. 07, 2024 15:19 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Wes Moore said during his second State of the State speech Wednesday that Maryland has boundless opportunities but is “leaving too much potential on the table” as he charts a course forward through challenging times that includes a long-term plan for governing. ...

Georgia Republicans push requiring cash bail for 30 new crimes, despite concerns about poverty

Feb. 06, 2024 16:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to require cash bail for 30 additional crimes is headed to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's desk after the House gave it final approval. The GOP-dominated House voted 97-69 for Senate Bill 63 on Monday, backing a measure that would erodes changes that Republican Gov....

New California Senate leader says his priorities are climate change, homelessness and opioid crises

Feb. 03, 2024 00:44 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When California Sen. Mike McGuire takes over as leader of the state Senate on Monday, it will be the first time in decades that the state’s top two legislative leaders aren’t from a major urban center. But McGuire says the issues that most afflict...

How Dominican women fight child marriage and teen pregnancy while facing total abortion bans

Jan. 26, 2024 19:40 PM EST

AZUA, Dominican Republic (AP) — It was a busy Saturday morning at Marcia González’s church. A bishop was visiting, and normally she would have been there helping with logistics, but on this day she was teaching sex education at a local school. “I coordinate activities at the...

Japan is rich, but many of its children are poor; a film documents the plight of single mothers

Jan. 24, 2024 21:38 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The women work hard, sleeping only a few hours a night, as they juggle the demands of caring for their children and doing housework — all while suffering from poverty. The award-winning independent documentary film “The Ones Left Behind,” released last year,...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 18, 2024 07:18 AM EST

Charleston Gazette-Mail. January 12, 2024. Editorial: Has Justice been there for West Virginia? How fitting it was, in an ironic sense, that the first topic Gov. Jim Justice explored during his final State of the State address (after the obligatory 20 minutes of...

Mexican writer José Agustín, who chronicled rock and society in the 1960s and 70s, has died at 79

Jan. 16, 2024 16:50 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican writer José Agustín, who chronicled rock and roll and social change in Mexico in the 1960s and 70s, has died, Mexico’s Culture Department announced on Tuesday. He was 79. The department did not list a cause of death, but Agustín had been ill for...

Program to provide cash for pregnant women in Flint, Michigan, and families with newborns

Jan. 10, 2024 11:26 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A program aimed at helping remove families and infants in Flint, Michigan, from deep poverty will give $1,500 to women during mid-pregnancy and $500 each month throughout the first year after the birth. Enrollment opened Wednesday for Rx Kids, lauded by...