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In a nation where, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty statistics released last month, 46.5 million people (roughly 15 percent) of the nation’s population lives in poverty, the idea that the media would not cover such a pressing human interest story because of financial troubles is misguided, if not inexcusable. It represents a failure…

TAMPA — Before a crowded auditorium of University of South Florida students, Gov. Rick Scott spoke of the alarming scourge of human trafficking on the Sunshine State. He cited data, including the oft-repeated statistic that Florida ranks third in the nation in cases of human trafficking. It is a unique problem, the governor said, one that…

Brazil, China and other emerging economies must take more responsibility for the global fight against extreme poverty, said Mukhisa Kituyi, the new secretary-general of Unctad, the UN trade and development body. Kituyi, who took up the post last month, said discussions on what should replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, could…

The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight…

YANGON, Myanmar — Gold-plated pagodas with monks in reddish brown robes glisten under the August sun as hawkers selling foreign investment guides now fill streets once closed by military roadblocks, a metaphor for the end of a dark era in this Southeast Asian country. Yet a closer look at Myanmar, formerly called Burma and ruled…

That’s the idea behind a soon-to-be launched social enterprise and crowdfunding web site by the name of Reciprocity & Co. The basic concept is this: Founded by Gainsville, Fla.-based Sam McPherson, the site promotes projects aimed at addressing major areas of need, like health or human rights abuses. But the way it happens is consumers buy…

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls and Adams Thermal Systems have celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home in Canton, South Dakota,  the 120th house built by Habitat Sioux Falls. A total of 170 adults and 424 children have been welcomed into new homes since 1991 through the work of Habitat for Humanity,…

The flame of an initiative launched in the largely Coptic neighborhood of Mokkatam in Southwest Cairo is at risk of flickering out amid ongoing political turmoil that has enflamed the city once again. Three local women learned to make the lamps with recycled materials such as paint and soda can lids. These were strung together…

Mohamed Hassan grunted as he slowly lowered a clay jug from his right shoulder down to the floor of his one-room mud-brick house in northern Jordan. The 25-year-old had just completed what he said has become a daily 3.7-mile trek to the edge of his desert village of al-Kom al-Ahmar to retrieve what his family…

A new report by ChildFund Australia, has confirmed previous research showing that at least two thirds of women in Papua New Guinea experience physical or sexual assault. It says the brutality of the violence is severe and often involves bush knives, axes, burning, spearing and even biting. ChildFund Australia’s CEO Nigel Spence says they found many…