The vulture funds bought up distressed debts from the past for pennies on the dollar; now they are demanding repayment of the whole original value, thus making a killing.
Charges have finally been filed in the killing 28 years ago of Burkina Faso's former president, Thomas Sankara.
Alongside the UN conference is a people's climate conference of NGOs, environmental and climate activists, trade unionists, scientists, local elected officials on strategies for climate action.
Bidhya Devi Bhandari said her election marked a first step toward assuring the new constitutional guarantees of equality are fulfilled.
General Diendéré, the coup leader and new strongman, is closely linked to the U.S. military mission in the area, as well as to the French military.
In a historic and far-reaching move, as part of Pope Francis' efforts to highlight environmental issues, the Vatican declared Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Behind the storm that staggered Turkey's ruling party: a grassroots revolt against rising poverty, growing inequality and the AKP's war on trade unions.
UK families have been forced to bury loved ones in their back gardens amid an upsurge in "paupers' funerals" caused by rising costs and grant cuts.
These are countries of fabulous wealth, whose people live in grinding poverty, the pattern for most of sub-Saharan Africa.