Population growth and decline

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual "State of Hungary" speech in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The inscription reads: "For us Hungary is the first!"
February 10, 2019 - 11:02 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's anti-immigration prime minister says the government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children. The measures announced Sunday by Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2019 file photo, a new housing project is seen in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Ilit. A West Bank settler group said in a report issued Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, that the number of people living in Israeli Jewish settlements surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year. Baruch Gordon, director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, is predicting an even faster growth rate in the coming years, thanks to what he says is a friendly environment under the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
February 05, 2019 - 3:59 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — A West Bank settler group on Tuesday said the number of people living in Israeli settlements surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year and predicted even more rapid growth thanks to the policies of the Trump administration. Baruch Gordon, director...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2019 file photo, a new housing project is seen in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Ilit. A West Bank settler group said in a report issued Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, that the number of people living in Israeli Jewish settlements surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year. Baruch Gordon, director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, is predicting an even faster growth rate in the coming years, thanks to what he says is a friendly environment under the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
February 05, 2019 - 1:25 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — A West Bank settler group on Tuesday said the number of people living in Israeli settlements surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year and predicted even more rapid growth thanks to the policies of the Trump administration. Baruch Gordon, director...
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Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks during a budget committee meeting at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Aso reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks "unpleasant." (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
February 05, 2019 - 3:38 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. "If it made some people feel uncomfortable, I apologize," Aso said Tuesday after drawing...
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Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks during a budget committee meeting at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Aso reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks "unpleasant." (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
February 05, 2019 - 2:13 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. "If it made some people feel uncomfortable, I apologize," Aso said Tuesday after drawing...
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February 05, 2019 - 12:26 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks "unpleasant." The gaffe-...
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Delegates and leaders are seen at the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Lebanon used the summit Sunday to call for the start of return of Syrian refugees to safe areas in their war-torn country even before a solution is reached to end the nearly eight-year-old crisis that killed nearly half a million people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 20, 2019 - 12:08 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session...
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Delegates and leaders are seen at the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Lebanon used the summit Sunday to call for the start of return of Syrian refugees to safe areas in their war-torn country even before a solution is reached to end the nearly eight-year-old crisis that killed nearly half a million people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 20, 2019 - 8:25 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session...
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Delegates and leaders are seen at the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Lebanon used the summit Sunday to call for the start of return of Syrian refugees to safe areas in their war-torn country even before a solution is reached to end the nearly eight-year-old crisis that killed nearly half a million people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 20, 2019 - 8:24 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session...
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Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda delivers a speech at a symposium in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Kuroda warned of unforeseen risks in guiding economic policy as the country’s population declines. (Kyodo News via AP)
January 17, 2019 - 2:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan faces unforeseen risks in guiding economic policy as its population of about 126 million ages and declines, the governor of its central bank said Thursday. Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda told fellow financial leaders Thursday that policies must be devised to prevent the...
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