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What Jason Chaffetz gets wrong and the Pope gets right about poverty

Poverty is back in the headlines thanks to a pair of public figures. The comments illustrate divergent views, and only one is correct. “Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN. “So maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest that in health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”

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Brexit: $395 million in trade deals with developing countries in limbo

As the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union it is reworking trade deals to try to ensure a smooth transition. On the sidelines are developing countries putting some $395 million in annual trade at risk, according to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The London-based think tank warned that neglecting the preferential deals could hurt the countries that rely on the U.K. as a trading partner.

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More than 10,000 flee as battle for Mosul advances

More than 10,000 people fled western Mosul in the past week as Iraqi military forces continue their effort to recapture the city from the Islamic State, according to the International Organization for Migration. More are trying to leave. Another 6,000 people are waiting to pass through checkpoints to leave and as many as 4,000 are internally displaced.

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Wealthy countries turn back on leading anti-poverty solution: Remittances

The amount of money sent home by migrants and refugees from developing countries exceeds foreign aid – making migration a powerful anti-poverty, too. Despite this overwhelming evidence, countries are shutting their doors to foreigners. The effort by Western governments to limit the entry of migrants and refugees is fueled by nationalism and rising inequality … and a fair amount of misinformation.

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Internet is breaching barriers to education for the most vulnerable

Online schools in the U.S. may still be struggling to assert their legitimacy, but elsewhere, they’re being harnessed to provide access to quality education for the most vulnerable. The U.N. awarded two organizations yesterday for doing just that. One of those was JAAGO Foundation in Bangladesh, which brings qualified teachers to online and tradition classrooms in slums and remote areas.

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