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All of our London friends, more than a dozen people, share their flats and homes with others. While it is true they are generous people who enjoy living in community with others, generally that’s not the number one reason they have housemates and flatmates. Why all the cohabiting? Costs, mate, costs. London is more expensive than…

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…

World hunger is expected to worsen as climate change hurts crop production and disrupts incomes, with food-price spikes due to extreme weather set to increase, charity Oxfam said. The number of people at risk of hunger may climb by 10 percent to 20 percent by 2050 as a result of climate change, with daily per-capita…

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Polaris Project has ranked progress made by a majority of states in passing legislation to combat sex and labor trafficking and support survivors. The  2013 state ratings on human trafficking laws in the United States were released Thursday.  In 2013, 39 states passed anti-trafficking laws and 32 states…

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,…