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Report: China population growth continued to slow in 2018

Report: China population growth continued to slow in 2018BEIJING (AP) — China's population growth rate continued to slow in 2018, spelling possible trouble ahead as a swelling number of retirees pushes up against a shrinking labor pool.



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China population growth slows despite abolition of the one-child policy

China population growth slows despite abolition of the one-child policyChina's population grew at a slower rate last year despite the abolition of the one-child policy, official data showed Monday, raising fears an ageing society will pile further pressure on an already slowing economy. There were 15.23 million live births in 2018, a drop of two million from the year before, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. With 9.93 million deaths, this led to a growth rate of 3.81 per thousand in 2018, a dip from 5.32 per thousand the previous year. NBS commissioner Ning Jize said population growth had peaked, but said the country still had huge potential. "China's labour participation rate is not considered low worldwide, more than 700 million of our 900 million people (of working age) are employed, and there is still room (for growth)," he said. Signs of China's falling population growth had emerged when data released by some local authorities indicated a significant drop in births last year. In Qingdao, a city in eastern Shandong province – one of China's most populous regions – births between January and November decreased by 21 percent to just over 81,000 compared to the previous year. Top 10 | Largest countries by population Still, China's total population rose by 5.3 million in 2018 to 1.395 billion people, retaining its title as the world's most populous nation. China for decades limited most families to one child – often enforcing this policy through hefty financial penalties – in a bid to control population growth. This was relaxed in 2016 when couples were allowed two children in response to concerns about an ageing society and shrinking workforce. China's workforce – those aged between 16 and 59 – was 897.3 million last year, a 4.7 million drop from 2017, NBS data showed. The workforce is on track to decline by as much as 23 percent by 2050.



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Jorge Ramos: Cannot criminalize entire immigrant population

Jorge Ramos: Cannot criminalize entire immigrant populationAttorney General Jeff Sessions slams California's refusal to comply with federal immigration policies; journalist Jorge Ramos shares his perspective on 'Hannity.'



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Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricanePuerto Rico’s population is set to decrease by 14 percent to 2.9 million inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found. “In the decade prior to Hurricane Maria, net migration from Puerto Rico to the United States amounted to approximately half a million, which represented a loss of ten percent of the island’s population,” said report authors Edwin Melendez and Jennifer Hinojosa.



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Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricanePuerto Rico’s population is set to decrease by 14 percent to 2.9 million inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found. “In the decade prior to Hurricane Maria, net migration from Puerto Rico to the United States amounted to approximately half a million, which represented a loss of ten percent of the island’s population,” said report authors Edwin Melendez and Jennifer Hinojosa.



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Houston By The Numbers: Population Boom Leaves a Paved City

Houston By The Numbers: Population Boom Leaves a Paved CityWhen Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston, it hit a city that is much bigger than it was in 2000 – changes that made the storm’s impacts bigger.



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Over 100 killed during Syria's troubled population transfer

Over 100 killed during Syria's troubled population transferBEIRUT (AP) — A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point — adding new urgency to the widely criticized operation.



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Global population living six years longer than in 1990: study

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria. In an analysis from the 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, health researchers said, however, that while life expectancy is rising almost everywhere in the world, one notable exception is southern sub-Saharan Africa, where deaths from HIV/AIDS have erased some five years of life expectancy since 1990. …
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South Africa targets screening whole population for AIDS

A nurse takes a blood sample in a mobile clinic set up to test students for HIV in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa on March 8, 2011South Africa's government plans to extend AIDS tests to the country's entire population and speed up antiretroviral treatment of those who test positive for the virus, the health minister said Wednesday. "We come from very far in the past five years," Aaron Motsoaledi told parliament. With 6.4 million people infected with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS, South Africa has the largest seropositive population in the world, but also the largest programme to treat them. After a recent spike in AIDS infections, the country aims to eradicate the virus by 2030, a goal echoing guidelines adopted by the world AIDS conference in Melbourne this week.



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Study: people with HIV have life spans approaching those of general population

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE found that people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) now have lifespans approaching those of the general population.
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