Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

Apr 12, 2014

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms, entering neat notations on spreadsheets by hand. The women will have to go through 37,579 family census forms, according to officials, using calculators ...

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

| Apr 4, 2014

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the ...

Jan 1, 2014

Japan's population falls by a record 244,000 in 2013

Japan’s population fell by a record 244,000 in 2013, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday, highlighting concerns over an ever-dwindling workforce supporting a growing number of pensioners. An estimated 1,031,000 babies were born in 2013, down about 6,000 from a year earlier, ...

China eases one-child policy, abolishes 're-education' labor camps

Dec 28, 2013

China eases one-child policy, abolishes 're-education' labor camps

China’s top legislative committee formally approved a loosening of the country’s hugely controversial one-child policy Saturday and abolished camps for “re-education through labor,” state media reported. The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, at the ...