In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Confucius
Participants in the Winter Fun Festival, in #Minsk, #Belarus. (Natalia Fedosenko / TASS)
Participants in the Winter Fun Festival, in Minsk, Belarus. (Natalia Fedosenko / TASS)
Syrians, who have been displaced due to the ongoing attacks carried out by the #Assad regime and #Russia, stay at a makeshift camp, in #Idlib, #Syria. (Muhammed Said / Anadolu Agency)
Syrians, who have been displaced due to the ongoing attacks carried out by the Assad regime and Russia, stay at a makeshift camp, in Idlib, Syria. (Muhammed Said / Anadolu Agency)
A mural depicting Scott #Morrison by the artist Scott Marsh. #Australia’s PM has been widely criticised for taking a holiday in the midst of the country’s wildfire crisis, in #Sydney. (Steven Saphore / AAP)
A mural depicting Scott Morrison by the artist Scott Marsh. The Australian prime minister has been widely criticised for taking a holiday in the midst of the country’s wildfire crisis, in Sydney. (Steven Saphore / AAP)
A family enjoys the festive decorations at the central Ala-Too Square, in #Bishkek, #Kyrgyzstan. (Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP)
A family enjoys the festive decorations at the central Ala-Too Square, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP)
Anti-government protesters walk with a national flag at a makeshift roadblock, in #Basra, #Iraq. (Hussein Faleh / AFP / Getty)
Anti-government protesters walk with a national flag at a makeshift roadblock, in Basra, Iraq. (Hussein Faleh / AFP / Getty)
Residents construct a makeshift shelter after their house was destroyed at the height of #typhoon #Phanfone in eastern #Samar province, in #Guiuan, #Philippines. (Alren Beronio / AFP / Getty)
Residents construct a makeshift shelter after their house was destroyed at the height of typhoon Phanfone in eastern Samar province, in Guiuan, Philippines. (Alren Beronio / AFP / Getty)
Women pour milk into the waters of the Bay of Bengal during a prayer ceremony for the victims of the 2004 #tsunami on the 15th anniversary of the disaster, in #Chennai, #India. (P Ravikumar / Reuters)
Women pour milk into the waters of the Bay of Bengal during a prayer ceremony for the victims of the 2004 tsunami on the 15th anniversary of the disaster, in Chennai, India. (P Ravikumar / Reuters)
People take photos with their smartphones as they monitor the solar #eclipse on Jabal Arba mountain, in #AlHofuf, #SaudiArabia . (Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters)
People take photos with their smartphones as they monitor the solar eclipse on Jabal Arba mountain, in Al-Hofuf, Saudi Arabia. (Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters)
Five hundred swimmers took part in the annual #Weymouth Cross Harbour #Christmas Day swim, in #Dorset, #UK. (Geoff Moore / Rex)
So many people registered for the annual Weymouth Cross Harbour Christmas Day swim that the organisers had to restrict the races to 50 at a time for health and safety reasons. Five hundred swimmers took part in total, in Dorset, UK. (Geoff Moore / Rex)
Police and rescuers work at the site of a plane crash near Almaty international airport, in #Almaty, #Kazakhstan. (AP)
Police and rescuers work at the site of a plane crash near Almaty international airport, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (AP)
A car drives through a flooded road after heavy rain, in #Gaza City, #Palestine. (Mohammed Abed / AFP)
A car drives through a flooded road after heavy rain, in Gaza City, Palestine. (Mohammed Abed / AFP)
Tents house Syrians who have been displaced due to attacks carried out by the #Assad regime and #Russia, in #Idlib, #Syria. (Anadolu Agency)
Tents house Syrians who have been displaced due to attacks carried out by the Assad regime and Russia, in Idlib, Syria. (Anadolu Agency)
A man dressed as Father #Christmas visits displaced children from Ras al-Ain in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the mainly Kurdish northeastern province, in #Hasakeh, #Syria. (Delil Souleiman / AFP via Getty Images)
A man dressed as Father Christmas visits displaced children from Ras al-Ain in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the mainly Kurdish northeastern province, in Hasakeh, Syria. (Delil Souleiman / AFP via Getty Images)
A rally in support of #India’s citizenship law, in #Mumbai, India. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP via Getty Images)
A rally in support of India’s citizenship law, in Mumbai, India. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP via Getty Images)
Revellers throw eggs as they take part in the traditional #Els #Enfarinats battle, in #Ibi, #Spain. (Jaime Reina / AFP via Getty Images)
Revellers throw eggs as they take part in the traditional Els Enfarinats battle, in Ibi, Spain. (Jaime Reina / AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters throw scooters into a fire barricade during a demonstration against pension reforms, in #Paris, #France. (Christophe Petit-Tesson / EPA)
Protesters throw scooters into a fire barricade during a demonstration against pension reforms, in Paris, France. (Christophe Petit-Tesson / EPA)
A shepherd walks with his herd in front of the Zeynel Bey shrine, which has been relocated from the old town to make way for a hydro-electric power plant project, in #Hasankeyf, #Turkey. (Erdem Şahin / EPA)
A shepherd walks with his herd in front of the Zeynel Bey shrine, which has been relocated from the old town to make way for a hydro-electric power plant project, in Hasankeyf, Turkey. (Erdem Şahin / EPA)
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