As births fall, economies may falter

May 8, 2014

As births fall, economies may falter

by Bernard Condon

Nancy Strumwasser, a New Jersey high school teacher, always thought she would have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a ...

Economic divide fueling surge in Xinjiang unrest

| May 7, 2014

Economic divide fueling surge in Xinjiang unrest

Hundreds of migrant workers from distant corners of China pour daily into the Urumqi South railway station, their first waypoint on a journey carrying them to lucrative work in other parts of the far western Xinjiang region. Like the columns of police toting rifles ...

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

May 6, 2014

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. The government announced Tuesday it would pay welfare recipients 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,600) to move to the city if ...

Polish immigrants find their footing in Britain

May 4, 2014

Polish immigrants find their footing in Britain

by Harriet Sherwood

Ten years after Tomasz Dyl left his small hometown near Krakow as a 13-year-old to start a new life in Southampton on England’s south coast, his personal trajectory has become emblematic of the story of Polish migration to the U.K. While his parents earned ...

April's U.S. job growth surprises

May 3, 2014

April's U.S. job growth surprises

U.S. employers hired workers at the fastest clip in more than two years in April, pointing to a rebound in economic growth after a dreadful winter and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to end bond purchases this year. The brightening outlook was, however, ...

Apr 26, 2014

U.S. expands probe into banks' hiring

U.S. government agencies that have been probing banks’ hiring of the children of powerful Chinese officials are expanding existing investigations in other industries across Asia to include hiring practices, four people familiar with the matter said. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange ...