News Wire | Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

China’s First Population Decline in 60 Years Sounds Demographic Alarm

By Christian Shepherd | The Washington Post (free)

China’s population shrank last year for the first time since a devastating famine in the Mao era, in a clear sign that the country is facing a looming demographic crisis worsened by decades of coercive policy that limited most families to a single child.

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Germany Appoints New Defense Minister as Pressure Mounts Over Ukraine

By Erika Solomon | The New York Times

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tapped Boris Pistorius, the interior minister of one of Germany’s largest states, to become the country’s next defense minister, a day after the previous minister resigned from the post amid heavy criticism, including over the war in Ukraine.

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