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South Africa Hotel Offers Fake Slum Experience

This 'Shanty Town' has under-floor heating

(Newser) - Well, this is ... interesting: You can now pay half the average South African's monthly salary—or $82 a night—to stay in a slum. Not a real one, as some one billion people worldwide do; instead, Gizmodo reports, South Africa's Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa is offering the... More »

Fire Leaves Thousands Homeless in Manila

Riot in shantytown after Christmas Day blaze

(Newser) - Thousands of families in Manila were left homeless on Christmas Day after a fire tore through a shantytown in the Philippine capital, the AP reports. At least 13 people were injured, including firefighters attacked by mobs trying to grab fire hoses to save their own homes. A man who claimed... More »

Scores Killed in Rio Flooding

City on brink of collapse in biggest storm in decade

(Newser) - At least 100 people have been killed in Rio de Janiero state as the most torrential rains in a decade flooded homes and triggered deadly landslides. The government has declared a state of emergency as rescuers dig through mud burying Rio shanty towns in a desperate bid to unearth survivors... More »

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