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Poverty rate falls in Mexico while number of poor grows

Refugio, 82, poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec, Mexico, July 26.
Refugio, 82, poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec, Mexico, July 26.Edgard Garrido / Reuters

By Luc Cohen, Reuters

Mexico's poverty rate fell 0.6 percent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3 million people, the government's social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by half a million people in that time.

That rise underscores the challenges President Enrique Pena Nieto faces as he tries to lift millions of people out of poverty and boost growth in Mexico, which has a huge wealth gap. Read the full story.