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Harsh plight of 152 million child laborers
While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily — and much less expensively—resolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labor.
Million more UK children threatened with poverty
The UK government policy has created an austerity generation, threatening to send one million more children into poverty, a new report warned.
China lifting 800m people out of poverty is historic
China lifting more than 800 million people out of poverty since the start of its economic reform is a great story in human history, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said today, underlining that there is ‘lessons to be learned’ from this Chinese experience.
Up to 100 million girls unprotected against child marriage
Over 20,000 girls are married before the age of 18 every day around the world as countries continue to lack legal protections, according to a new study.
Why 23 million Americans don’t have fast Internet (video)
In rural America slow Internet can mean more than missing shows on Netflix. Poor service limits access to health, business, and education opportunities that are readily available in urban locations with fast networks.
Conflict keeps 27 million children out of school
Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, with girls facing a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, the United Nations said in a report, calling on States and international organizations to integrate all uprooted children into the education system where they live.
Vaccines expected to save 20 million lives
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that vaccines in the world's poorest countries will have prevented 20 million deaths by 2020.
Flexible work affects over four million people in UK
Analysis of EU survey data suggested millions in UK may suffer anxiety as a result of unpredictable management-imposed flexible working hours. Research in supermarkets found workers ‘begging’ for extra hours, and feeling they are being punished with last minute shift changes.
Cholera threatens over 1m Yemeni children
More than one million malnourished children aged under five in Yemen are living in areas with high levels of cholera, the charity Save The Children warned as it began sending more health experts to the worst hit areas.
This is the nation of 170 million enslaved children
Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. Meantime, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year — a third of them are children. And a significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labor live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. These are the facts. Up to you to reflect on the immediate future of humankind.
Cairo set to grow by half a million this year
The population of Cairo is set to grow by 500,000 this year, more than any other city in the world, adding to the pressure on the country’s economy struggling to recover from six years of political turmoil.
Russia ‘foiled 70 million cyberattacks in 2016’
Russia’s principal security service says the country has fended off 70 million cyberattacks targeting its critical information infrastructure over the past year, mostly from abroad.
UK has sold £50 million worth of arms to Turkey since coup
The United Kingdom has sold almost £50 million worth of arms to Turkey since its government clamped down on opposition groups after the failed coup attempt in July 2016.
Six million-year-old gas bubble eminating from Milky Way center
The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way is rather quiet. New research suggests its relative dormancy is recent.
Long road to recovery after devastating California wildfire
A real estate agent waits to rebuild her home on the same lot she fled in September, mourning the animals she couldn't save and the family heirlooms she left behind as one of the most devastating wildfires to hit California wiped out her rural subdivision.

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