Aug 22, 2014

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. wealth gap widened in the last decade

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides fresh evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. The study, released Thursday, divided the U.S. into five groups from wealthiest to poorest. The median net worth of the richest households ...

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Aug 17, 2014

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Pope Francis’ appeal in South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism might be a hard sell in the newly rich and hypercompetitive country. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked there to the hard work, ...

Aug 6, 2014

Number of households on welfare hits record high in May

The number of households on welfare in Japan hit a record high of 1,603,093 in May, up 2,852 from the previous month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said on Wednesday. The rise came as a growing number of single-person elderly households, or people ...

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Jul 28, 2014

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her apartment to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain’s southern coast. “I did not want my two ...

Jul 24, 2014

Global fight against poverty slowing, U.N. report finds

Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its ...

| Jul 19, 2014

'Leaving the world' to gain freedom

by Michal Hoffman

A challenge: Scan Japanese history in search of freedom fighters. You won’t find many. Not freedom but submission was the proud Japanese ideal. It was the “way of the warrior.” A 16th-century poem declares, “For the samurai to learn / there’s one thing only ...

Tide of poor migrants floods Texas border

Jul 10, 2014

Tide of poor migrants floods Texas border

by Christopher Sherman

The influx of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has grown so large that it now requires its own transportation system: government buses that spend each night idling on a Texas roadside, awaiting the latest arrivals. The buses, joined by a fleet of Border Patrol ...