May 15, 2015

With goats and chickens, program helps the poorest get by

The poorest of the poor can be helped with a program that includes providing goats, sheep, chickens or other livestock and training in how to make money from them, a large six-nation study concludes. That approach didn’t wipe out poverty for participants, but they ...

The power of karaoke on Skid Row

May 13, 2015

The power of karaoke on Skid Row

Darkness is falling on another long, depressing night in one of America’s most marginal neighborhoods. For the 200 or so battered souls lining up outside the aging street-corner edifice housing the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene, however, this one will seem neither ...

China paper blames poor upbringing for top-level graft

Apr 20, 2015

China paper blames poor upbringing for top-level graft

Poor family upbringing is to blame for some of the most serious corruption facing China and officials should learn from the examples of heroic figures from the earliest days of Communist rule, a top paper said on Monday. President Xi Jinping has embarked on ...

Apr 17, 2015

Mie homeless man walks after mercy killing

A man who strangled his father to death in what he called a mercy killing clouded by emotional distress walked free from court Friday after the judge heard a harrowing tale of hardship and gave him a three-year prison term suspended for four years. ...

India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Apr 17, 2015

India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Charity workers have teamed with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water — costing less than one U.S. cent. After years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted ground water, residents of Madusudankati ...