Government welfare systems

People queue for food at the 'Pane Quotidiano' (Daily Bread) Onlus, in Milan, northern Italy, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Nowhere in Italy is poverty more evident than in Lombardy, the northern region that has been the pandemic epicenter in both surges. The Coldiretti agriculture lobby estimates that the virus has created 300,000 so-called "new poor,'' based on surveys of the dozens of charity associations operating in the region. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
December 20, 2020 - 2:59 am
MILAN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic did not produce Elena Simone's first budgetary rough patch. The 49-year-old single mother found herself out of the job market when the 2008 global financial crisis hit Italy and never fully got back in, but she created a patchwork of small jobs that provided...
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Residents of the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas pick clothes from a donation program at a Catholic parish in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Spain's government expects the economy to contract 11.2% this year, while the International Monetary Fund puts the drop at 12.8%, the highest rate among developed economies. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 05, 2020 - 4:13 am
MADRID (AP) — Erika Oliva spends at least three hours a week standing in line at a soup kitchen. She spends a couple more at the social worker’s office with her 8-year-old son, who has autism. She waits on the phone to the health center or when she wants to check if her application for a basic...
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A view of a lunch box at the Pudding Pantry which they will be providing free, during half term for any child in need, who would normally get a free school lunch, after MPs voted to reject a motion to provide food to those in need during the school holidays, in Nottingham, England, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Pediatricians are urging the British government to reverse course and provide free meals for poor children during school holidays as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more families into poverty. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
October 25, 2020 - 10:40 am
LONDON (AP) — Pediatricians are urging the British government to reverse course and provide free meals for poor children during school holidays as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more families into poverty. Some 2,200 members of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health have written an open...
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FILE- In this June 4, 2011 file photo, Indian laborers carry firewood, as smoke rises from a bricks factory on the outskirts of Jammu, India. India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in clean solar power as it mobilizes trillion of dollars to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
August 28, 2020 - 4:42 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in clean solar power as it mobilizes trillion of dollars to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. chief said Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres said India is at a crossroads and...
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An employee of the state-run bank Caixa Economica, right, gives customers a ticket number before they wait in line at a nearby bank entrance in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 23, 2020. People are trying to get access to $ 150 dollars of government aid for the unemployed and independent workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
July 28, 2020 - 6:59 pm
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s extreme poverty has plunged due to a monthly federal handout during the coronavirus pandemic, but threatens to bounce back once the government ceases the stopgap welfare program, a report said Tuesday. The study by the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a university and...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 file photo, Polish President Andrzej Duda waves to supporters as he campaigns for a second term in Serock, Poland. Polands current President Andrzej Duda is the frontrunner ahead of the election on Sunday, June 28, but polls show him unlikely to achieve the majority needed to win outright. That will require a runoff two weeks later in which he is expected to face off against Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in a very close race. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
June 24, 2020 - 7:55 am
BIALYSTOK, Poland (AP) — Senior citizens in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok sit on city benches after a summer storm had passed, holding small Polish flags as they wait patiently for the man they call “my president.” They lived for decades under officially atheist communist rule, experienced...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, chairs and tables are piled in front of a bar in St. Mark's Square, in Venice during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The coronavirus outbreak is straining social safety nets across the globe - and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions on the job, for now. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
May 10, 2020 - 5:18 am
The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe — and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions on the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre speaks with reporters in Jackson, Miss., about his support for Willowood Developmental Center, a facility that provides training and assistance for special needs students, The Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday, May 6, 2020, that Favre is repaying $1.1 million he received for multiple speaking engagements where auditor’s staffers said Favre did not show up. An audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, released May 4, said a nonprofit group used welfare money to pay Favre for $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018. Favre is not charged with any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
May 06, 2020 - 9:53 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday. Auditor Shad White said his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a...
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This Tuesday, March 31, 2020 photo provided by emergency room nurse Cynthia Riemer shows her at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, wearing a welder’s mask from a hardware store and other hospital-issued protective gear. Nurses are supplementing their hospital PPE with items such as the welder’s mask to conserve hospital supplies. (Cynthia Riemer via AP)
April 10, 2020 - 11:11 am
Paramedics rushed another critical COVID-19 patient into the emergency room, and Chicago nurse Cynthia Riemer felt her adrenaline kick in. “Your heart starts racing,” she said. “You're thinking, 'How quickly and safely can we get them intubated?' Because if we don't, in the next five or 10 minutes...
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference, detailing EU efforts to limit the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 11:51 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — As the new coronavirus spreads across Europe, ravaging economies and killing thousands, governments and the European Union are focusing much of their economic rescue efforts on containing a boom in joblessness, particularly by helping companies not fire workers. Unions estimate,...
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