Pope in Madagascar insists 'poverty is not inevitable'

World / Social Issues Sep 9, 2019

Pope in Madagascar insists 'poverty is not inevitable'

Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn't inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the capital's biggest dump. Francis appealed for new development strategies to ...

Climate and post-conflict peace on pope's Africa agenda

World / Social Issues Sep 4, 2019

Climate and post-conflict peace on pope's Africa agenda

Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: conflict, corruption and climate change. The Sept. 4-10 trip is Francis' second ...

World / Social Issues Aug 28, 2019

College Board says it is replacing SAT 'adversity score'

The company that administers the SAT college admissions test is replacing the so-called adversity score with a tool that will no longer reduce an applicant's background to a single number, an idea the College Board's chief executive now says was a mistake. Amid growing scrutiny ...

Bangladesh slum fire leaves 10,000 homeless

Asia Pacific Aug 18, 2019

Bangladesh slum fire leaves 10,000 homeless

At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital and destroyed thousands of shanties, officials said Sunday. The fire broke out at in Dhaka's Mirpur neighborhood late on Friday and razed around 2,000 mostly tin ...