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  1. HK government is not doing enough about falling birth rate

    Posted Sep 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Over the last two decades, fewer Hong Kong women have been getting married and fertility rates have dropped considerably. The effect of the recent slight increase in births among females aged between 35 and 39 is a temporary phenomenon and the effect on the overall fertility rate is limited. It has been shown that in order to have the most significant impact on fertility, women ...

  2. Three-child policy

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government wants Hong Kong couples to have three children in an attempt to halt the sliding birth rate, and may offer tax cuts among incentives. What do you think of these measures to lift the fertility rate? Share your views: write to us ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Syria hand-wringing shows up West's decline

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am by JASWANT SINGH

    ... Jaswant Singh says their national interests no longer shape global affairs as they did Syria hand-wringing shows up West's decline Syria's agony has generated a variety of unproductive responses: condemnation of the excesses of President Bashar ...

  4. Ageing Hong Kong is coming up short

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... and London. Four years on, Hong Kong's population stands at 7.1 million and the city is struggling to cope with both an ageing population and low fertility rate. University of Hong Kong ... by 2030. Hong Kong's fertility rate is among the lowest in the world, dropping to a historic low of 0.9 births per woman in 2003. Despite a rebound to 1.1 in 2010, it is still far below ...

  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's Bashar al-Assad appears- without Farouk al-Shara

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Beirut President makes first appearance since July, but vice-president does not accompany him Assad appears- without his deputy Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed Eid prayers in a Damascus mosque yesterday, in his first appearance in pu ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Clinton, Turkish FM say no-fly zone among possible measures to help rebels

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Aleppo US, Turkey mull no-fly zone in Syria Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said ye ...

  7. Iraq's Kurds uneasy over transfer of sovereignty

    Posted Jun 14th 2004, 12:00am by Nicholas Birch

    ... Nicholas Birch UN resolution pits victims of Saddam Hussein's regime against each other The world may have celebrated the return of Iraqi sovereignty symbolised by the passing of a new UN resolution, but Kurds in the country are feeling unease rather ...

  8. News - China - SYRIA

    China steps up diplomacy in Syria crisis

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Beijing Visit by envoy of Assad in capital may be followed by opposition members as part of push to resolve crisis; meanwhile rebels say they downed a warplane China steps up Syrian diplomacy China said yesterday that it would host an envoy of ...

  9. Lebanon's task is to create a new democratic order

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Growing international pressure is apparently behind Syria's commitment to withdraw completely its troops from Lebanon, where they have been stationed since 1976. But dominance of neighbouring Lebanon is still crucial to Syrian President Bashar al-Ass ...

  10. Everyone wants a piece of Middle East as region moves towards democracy

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... H.K. Chang A street hawker's self-immolation in Tunis changed the course of history in North Africa and the Middle East. Western-styled electoral systems are likely to be institutionalised in the region, while traditional authoritarianism is on the w ...




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