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2006-06-29 23:30:00

Japan, struggling to deal with a falling birth rate and an aging population, said on Friday its ratio of elderly people to total population was now the world's highest, surpassing that of Italy.

2006-04-07 17:32:49

LONDON (Reuters) - Life in Zimbabwe is shorter than anywhere else in the world, with neither men nor women expected to live to 40, World Health Organization statistics showed on Friday.

2006-03-03 22:35:00

More than half of Japanese women born in the early 1970s were still childless at 30, intensifying fears about the nation's already low birthrate, Japanese media said on Saturday.

2006-02-24 01:29:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's rapidly growing elderly population could surge as high as 430 million by 2051, when almost one in three citizens will be 60 or over, posing a grave challenge for already strained state social welfare and pension systems, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

2005-12-08 10:50:00

Russians must ease back on the bottle, cut down on smoking, watch their diet and lead healthier lives if they are to reverse population decline and maintain economic growth, the World Bank said on Thursday.

2005-10-19 07:15:37

By Oliver Bullough POLUKARPOVO, Russia (Reuters) - On Moscow's crowded streets you would never sense Russia had a population crisis. But go to Polukarpovo -- or thousands of villages like it -- and the emptiness hits you.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.