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Teen pregnancy epidemic feeds Mozambique's population boom

- In the tiny maternity ward in Murrupelane, two 16-year-old mothers breast-feed their babies, both born that morning.

Family ties make Faroese women Europe's top baby makers

Hv - Gunnhild Helmsdal's mailbox has six names printed on it and will soon add a seventh: having a big family is nothing unusual in the Faroe Islands where women have the most babies in Europe despite also having the highest rate of employment.

Hundreds of Syria Kurds rally to demand Turkey withdrawal

Kamishli - Hundreds demonstrated in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, in response to a call by Kurdish authorities for global protests against Turkey's military presence in the flashpoint Afrin region.

War, displacement reshuffle Syria's demographic map

Beirut - Seven years of war and massive displacement have redrawn Syria's demographic map, erecting borders between the country's ethnic, religious, and political communities that will be hard to erase.

US citizenship query could threaten 2020 census: experts

Washington - The United States is gearing up to conduct its next population census in 2020 but a thorny question on citizenship has ignited controversy even before it has begun.

China sees births fall despite push for second child

Bejing - The number of births in China fell last year even though the world's most populous country has relaxed its one-child policy to allow all couples to have two children.The country saw 17.23 million births in 2017, compared to 17.

The woman battling S. Korea's 'birth strike'

Seoul - The woman appointed to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates knows better than most why billion-dollar campaigns to encourage South Korea's female populace to procreate have failed -- she is among the millions who have chosen to remain childles...

Lithuania hides booze ads from drinkers with stickers

Vilnius - Lithuanian press distributors said Wednesday they had started plastering over alcohol ads in foreign magazines with special stickers under a new advertising ban aimed at curbing some of the world's heaviest drinking.

Lithuania hides booze ads from drinkers with stickers

Vilnius - Lithuanian press distributors said Wednesday they had started plastering over alcohol ads in foreign magazines with special stickers under a new advertising ban aimed at curbing some of the world's heaviest drinking.

In greying east Germany, a community for sale

Kostebrau - One recent morning Paul Urbanek, 71, found a strange sign by the entrance to Alwine, a small and remote community of run-down houses in ex-communist eastern Germany.The entire place was up for sale.

Macron's Europe speech gets mixed reaction

Berlin - Politicians and the press across Europe broadly welcomed Emmanuel Macron's calls for a revival of the European project, although EU powerhouse Germany gave a cautious reception.

As Germany ages, 'grey vote' has younger generations worried

Berlin - Save for pensioners or invest in young people?

Ageing populations will drag on growth in Asia: IMF chief

Seoul - The chief of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that ageing populations in key Asian economies will drag on their growth, urging policymakers to step up their response to shifting demographics.

Global population to hit 8 billion by 2023

The global population will cross-over the 8 billion mark during 2023. In addition, new data indicates the number of over 60s will top 1 billion. Figures also show there are considerably more men than women currently living.

Child migrants risk lives to reach Europe from... Spain

Melilla - It is midnight and nine-year-old Wahib hides near the port of Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory on Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Like scores of other street children here, he is prepared to risk everything to reach mainland Europe.

Child migrants risk lives to reach Europe from... Spain

Melilla - It is midnight and nine-year-old Wahib hides near the port of Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory on Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Like scores of other street children here, he is prepared to risk everything to reach mainland Europe.

Have 5 kids not 3, Erdogan tells Turks in Europe

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions-strong diaspora they were the continent's "future" as a bitter dispute festered between Ankara and Brussels.

Have 5 kids not 3, Erdogan tells Turks in Europe

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions-strong diaspora they were the continent's "future" as a bitter dispute festered between Ankara and Brussels.

Have 5 kids not 3, Erdogan tells Turks in Europe

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions-strong diaspora they were the continent's "future" as a bitter dispute festered between Ankara and Brussels.

Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population

Yerevan - Ani Kirakosyan says she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the foetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion.

Exploding the poor white myth of Trump's rise to power

New York - The myth that only uneducated white men would vote for Donald Trump exploded in a sensational win for the maverick billionaire, a former reality star with no political experience whatsoever.

G20 warns against slide into protectionism

Hangzhou - The world's leading economies spoke out against a return to protectionism and defended the unfashionable concepts of free trade and globalisation Monday, warning the listless global economy needs an urgent reboot.

Hungary's anti-immigrant PM faces workforce shortage

Budapest - A population slump in Hungary is presenting Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-immigration government with a headache: how to plug labour supply shortages without turning to foreigners.

French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk sent a stark message Thursday to would-be economic migrants not to come to Europe as the bloc seeks to get a grip on the crisis.

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk sent a stark message Thursday to would-be economic migrants not to come to Europe as the bloc seeks to get a grip on the crisis.

Russian village fears future as health cuts hit poorest

Russia - More than 70 years after Gennady Vinogradov was born in the small village of Sheshurino, northwest of Moscow, he just asks for one thing: to be able to die there in dignity.

U.K. population rises to almost 65 million

London - The population of the U.K. has shown a marked increase by almost half-a-million people in a 12-month period. The population now stands at 64,596,800.

Shrinking Portuguese town turns to cash-for-babies scheme

Sanl - Rather than turn into a ghost town, one Portuguese village facing an exodus of young adults and dwindling birth rates came up with an answer: pay parents 5,000 euros for every new baby.
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 In short  the middle class (as we have known it) has changed   says author and journalist Matt Carm...
"In short, the middle class (as we have known it) has changed," says author and journalist Matt Carmichael. He cites in detail that, "many of these changes have been building for decades and have been hastened and exacerbated by the recession."