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Cover Story Progress in the global war on poverty

Almost unnoticed, the world has reduced poverty, increased incomes, and improved health more than at any time in history. 

The headlines on any given day suggest a world under siege. War. Terrorism. Refugees. Disease. Recession. Famine. Climate change. But beneath these often very real problems, something remarkable has been happening, something on a more epochal level that has gone almost completely unnoticed.

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