World Bank questions US plan for the poor

ITALY - On the eve of the G8 summit of world leaders in Genoa, a potentially embarrassing row has broken out between President Bush and other world leaders over how to best help the poor.

The World Bank is also raising questions on Mr Bush's plan to convert its lending from loans to grants.

Mr Bush argues that such a move would eliminate the debt burden for poor countries, since they would not have to pay the money back.

But critics of the proposal say it could lead to radical cuts in the amount

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