Life in a megacity comes at a high premium. In Hong Kong, the costs of living have exploded in recent years, making life almost unlivable for 1 in 6.
Police have bolstered security across the city as one of China's senior leaders makes a rare visit. But some groups have vowed to pressure Beijing to "stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs."
Profesor Joseph Yu-Shek Cheng explains the tense political backdrop to a Beijing official's rare Hong Kong visit. Radical calls for independence have sprouted across the city as mainstream demands fall on deaf ears.
A growing number of Europeans are living in "relative poverty," the International Labour Organisation says. The 30 percent of the global population considered as poor holds just two percent of global income.
Africa's raw materials are attracting investors and African states are hoping to capitalize by building roads connecting the continent. But activists warn developments could come at the expense of people and nature.
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