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The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday. In the developing world, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago, the report found. A total of 72 out of 129 countries monitored by the FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by this year and developing regions as a whole only missed the objective by a narrow margin.
ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar's parliament voted to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, threatening to derail rebuilding efforts after years of crisis. The vote by 121 of 151 members of parliament late on Tuesday has to be ratified by a court. Rajaonarimampianina was elected at the end of 2013. Critics say he has dragged the church into politics when half the nation are not Christians and failed to deliver on his promises.