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World's migrant population now at 272 million, UN report finds

New York - Europe and North America have absorbed the largest share of the world's 272 million migrants, a population that has grown by 23 percent over the past decade, according to a UN report published Tuesday.

Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050: UN

New York - The world population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, with the population of sub-Saharan Africa doubling, a United Nations report released Monday said.

Taxpayer spending on disaster relief soars with global warming

In a typical year, taxpayer spending on the federal disaster relief fund is almost 10 times higher than it was three decades ago, even after adjusting for inflation, based on an analysis of federal data.

China's population shrinks despite two-child policy: experts

Bejing - China's population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, experts said, warning of a "demographic crisis" that puts pressure on the country's slowing economy.The world's most populous nation of some 1.

Serbia wants baby boom, but couples seem not in the mood

Belgrade - "Give birth, don't delay!", says a rousing call by the Serbian state to young couples."Let babies' cries be heard!" is another of the baby-making slogans Serbia is busy producing --- while it struggles to increase actual births.

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Kano - One of Nigeria's leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence.

Over 28% of Japanese population officially old: government

Apo - More than 28 percent of Japan's population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age.Those aged 65 or older now make up a record 35.

Given the right to larger families, Chinese may hold off

Bejing - China's moves to combat an ageing population by relaxing decades-old curbs on family size have hit an unexpected snag: many parents are no longer interested in having more babies.

China may scrap two-child limit: report

Bejing - China appears poised to scrap its two-child policy, with a state-run newspaper Monday citing a draft civil code that would overhaul decades of controversial family-planning rules.

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.

Bangladesh eyes sterilisation to curb Rohingya population

Chhota Angutia - Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed.

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.

World population to reach 9.8 bln in 2050, UN says

New York - The world's current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India's numbers to surpass China's in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.

Three men, 96 children: Pakistan’s population booms

Bannu - Three men who have fathered nearly 100 children among them are doing their bit for Pakistan's skyrocketing population, which is being counted for the first time in 19 years.

Three men, 96 children: Pakistan’s population booms

Bannu - Three men who have fathered nearly 100 children among them are doing their bit for Pakistan's skyrocketing population, which is being counted for the first time in 19 years.

Three men, 96 children: Pakistan’s population booms

Bannu - Three men who have fathered nearly 100 children among them are doing their bit for Pakistan's skyrocketing population, which is being counted for the first time in 19 years.

US to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion: official

Washington - The US government plans to stop funding the United Nations Population Fund because of the organization's "coercive" family planning practices, including providing abortions, officials in Washington said late Monday.

Security high as Pakistan launches first census in 19 years

Peshawar - Pakistan on Wednesday launched its first census in nearly two decades, with security high as thousands of enumerators backed by the military began the enormous, politically-charged count.

Thanks to immigrants, Canada sees biggest G7 population jump

Montr - Thanks to a large influx of immigrants, Canada had the largest population growth of all Group of Seven countries over the past five years, government statistics showed Wednesday.

China orders more than 100 golf courses shut: govt

Bejing - China has ordered the closure of a sixth of the country's golf courses since 2011, its top economic planner said, in an ongoing crackdown on a sport controversial for its links with wealthy elites.

2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule

Bejing - China last year saw its highest number of births this century, officials said, a baby bump that came after the country relaxed its family planning policies in 2015 to allow more families a second child.The country welcomed 17.

2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule

Bejing - China last year saw its highest number of births this century, officials said, a baby bump that came after the country relaxed its family planning policies in 2015 to allow more families a second child.The country welcomed 17.

2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule

Bejing - China last year saw its highest number of births this century, officials said, a baby bump that came after the country relaxed its family planning policies in 2015 to allow more families a second child.The country welcomed 17.

Humanity decimating planetary wildlife

Paris - Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone -- fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals -- have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.

Germany sees 'turning point' in birth rate decline

Berlin - Germany has halted a three-decade-long decline in its birth rate, with data showing that the trend has started to reverse, statisticians said Friday.

Iran up, U.S. down: Height study charts global health

London - South Korean women and Iranian men are significantly taller than they were 100 years ago but Americans have barely grown, according to a new study Tuesday that reflects nutritional and environmental factors.

Italy set to double baby bonus to fight birth rate 'apocalypse'

Rome - Italy's health minister is proposing doubling a 'baby bonus' incentive for couples to have more children to combat what she calls a catastrophic decline in the country's birth rate.

Toddlers in U.S. have shot at least 23 people since January 1

The number of shooting incidents in which toddlers have shot themselves or others has increased by 30 percent since the first of the year, a disturbing trend that has sadly, become commonplace in our society.

'Monday Afternoon Fever' in South Korea's old-age discos

Seoul - As the mercury outside plunges to minus 10 degrees on an ice-cold Monday afternoon, the dance floor inside the Kukilgwan Palace is packed with grey-haired Korean couples moving to the rhythms of high-volume disco.

Q&A on China's one-child policy

Bejing - China's ruling Communist Party announced Thursday it would roll back the country's infamous one-child policy to allow all couples two children, state media reported. Here are some key facts about the controversial law.
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