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Malawi sells presidential jet to feed poor

The southeast African nation of Malawi said it plans to use the $15 million it gained from selling its presidential jet to feed the more than 1 million people suffering chronic food shortages. Malawi angered Western donors, whose

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India approves $20bn cheap grain plan for poor

India's lower house of parliament approved a plan worth nearly $20 billion on Monday to provide cheap grains to the poor, a key part of the ruling Congress party's strategy to win re-election.   Under the

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Wasting food is like stealing from poor: Pope

Pope Francis denounced on Wednesday what he called a "culture of waste" in an increasingly consumerist world and said throwing away good food was like stealing from poor people. &nbs

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Rich nations' wealth gap widens as welfare cut

A growing divide between rich and poor risks will grow still wider if cash-strapped governments keep cutting back the welfare state, an industrialised nations' think-tank warned on Wednesday. Weighing into a debate on inequali

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As crops rot, millions go hungry in India

Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country. It is an extraordinary paradox created

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Unrest fears as world food prices rise further

Global food prices rose in March for a third straight month with more hikes to come, the UN's food agency said on Thursday, adding to fears of hunger and a new wave of social unrest in poor countries. Record high prices for staple foods la

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Unrest fears as world food prices rise further

Global food prices rose in March for a third straight month with more hikes to come, the UN's food agency said on Thursday, adding to fears of hunger and a new wave of social unrest in poor countries. Record high prices for staple foods la

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UK budget to help poorer families: Minister

Britain's finance minister, George Osborne, said he would use his 2012 budget to help those at the bottom of the earnings ladder, hinting he could go further in lifting more people out of paying income tax.      O

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$2.7 billion UAE fund to help poor citizens

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday set up a Dh10 billion ($2.7 billion) fund to help to pay low-income citizens' debts and announced plans to raise wages of some state employees, state news agency WAM said. The agency said President

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Wealthy 'getting fatter, poor still remain thin'

The 'First world' health problems such as obesity and heart disease may be gaining ground in developing nations, but they are mostly afflicting the rich and middle class while poor people remain undernourished and underweight, a study said

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