'1bn more may face extreme poverty if leaders duck key issues'

Global poverty could rise for the first time in a generation as almost a billion more people would face extreme poverty if world leaders fail to take key decisions on inequality and climate change at two critical UN summits this year, a campaign launched Monday warned.

Mexican President says poverty now first priority

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said on Wednesday that the top priority in the second half of his term will be reducing poverty, after the war against drug cartels took centre stage in the first three years of administration.