Poverty

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Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

World leaders urged to act as anger over inequality reaches a tipping point The worlds richest 1% are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the worlds wealth by 2030, according to a shocking analysis that has lead to a cross-party call for action. World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation

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Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures There is nothing she would rather do than teach. But after supplementing her career with tutoring and proofreading, the university lecturer decided to go to remarkable lengths to make her

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded

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Is the world really better than ever?

The long read: The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism is holding us back By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to