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Thailand bets on ‘magic pills’ to boost declining birth rate

BANGKOK: Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country’s birth rate, but on Valentine’s Day today it adopted a new approach – handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than 6 children per woman in 1960 to 1.5 in 2015, according to World ...

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Japanese man critical in Maui swimming mishap

A 74-year-old Japanese visitor was found unconscious in waters off Kaanapali Beach on Maui, where so far this year 11 people have died in ocean-related activities. SHARE ADVERTISING A 74-year-old Japanese visitor was found unconscious in waters off Kaanapali Beach on Maui, where so far this year 11 people have died in…

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Off-Duty Chicago Police Commander Killed During Pursuit of Suspect Downtown

A high-ranking Chicago police commander was shot to death at the Thompson Center on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago while he was assisting a tactical team that was chasing someone who was acting suspiciously, according to The Chicago Tribune. Cmdr. Paul Bauer of the Near North District was shot several times, according to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson who spoke to ...

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[UPDATE] Climber Dies After Fall On Oregon’s Mount Hood, Others Still Stranded

One climber is dead after falling 700 to 1,000 feet on Mount Hood near Portland, Oregon, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, CBS News reports. Rescuers continued to scale Oregon’s tallest peak Tuesday to help those still trapped. Live news footage earlier in the day showed some climbers performing CPR and a helicopter airlifting a male climber to safety, ...

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Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Under Pressure To Resign

Australia’s deputy prime minister was under mounting pressure Wednesday to resign as his party’s leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer, The Associated Press reported. Newspapers revealed last week that Barnaby Joyce and his former media adviser are expecting a baby together, and the scandal has angered many within Joyce’s conservative, rural-based Nationals party. As leader of ...

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