Story highlights It's been almost a year since China overturned its one-child policy A new study predicts that a population boom will take decades (CNN)In October 2015, China decided to overturn its decades-old one-child policy and allow couples across the country to have two children. The change was much anticipated by demographers worldwide, who would have preferred scrapping the policy altogether, considering it an injustice of human rights that changed the population structure for the worse. Researchers explored the potential effect in a new study, published Thursday. Almost a year after the decision, the study warns that the Chinese government's goal of a population increase may take more than two decades to arrive. "It's something we've all been waiting for, for a long time," says Therese Hesketh, professor of global health at University College London, who led the research. "But the effects are only going to come through in the adult population." In other words, at least … [Read more...] about How quickly can China come back from its one-child policy?
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(CNN)A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in government custody Monday morning, Customs and Border Protection said. The teen, identified by a CBP official as Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, was apprehended and processed near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 13 before being transferred to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station Sunday, the agency said in a statement. He was found unresponsive Monday morning. The cause of death is unknown, the agency said. "The men and women of US Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family," said Acting Commissioner John Sanders in a statement. "CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody." This is the fifth child known to have died after journeying to the US in recent months from Guatemala and being apprehended by US authorities. Vasquez crossed into the US with a group of about 70 people and was transported to the Central Processing Center in McAllen, … [Read more...] about Fifth child dies after arriving at US border from Guatemala since December
(CNN)More than 400 lawsuits have been filed in New York as part of a new child sex abuse law that expands the ways that survivors can use the legal system to address the damage, a state court official said Wednesday. The New York Child Victims Act, which was signed into law on February 14, created a one-year period when any adult survivors of child sexual abuse can sue an abuser or a negligent institution, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. That period began on Wednesday. In New York City, 169 cases were filed, said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the New York Unified Court System, said in an email. Another 258 cases were filed outside of New York City. In all, 427 lawsuits have been filed, he said. The state court system was expecting so many lawsuits that 45 judges have been set aside to deal exclusively with the influx of cases, Chalfen said. The designated 45 judges, including 12 in New York City, make up just a fraction of the state's 1,350 paid judges, but they are … [Read more...] about More than 400 lawsuits filed in New York courts as part of new child sex abuse law
Analysis by John Blake, CNN Updated 1552 GMT (2352 HKT) December 7, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)It's the horror movie villain that won't die, the pop song you can't get out of your head, the out-of-town guest that just won't leave. It's a belief that's stuck like a tick in the collective memory of some white conservatives. It's the notion that black people despise Clarence Thomas because he's a conservative. It's not only a myth but a con. Here's why it matters now. We are about to hear a lot about, and from, the only black member of the US Supreme Court. A new Thomas biography, "The Enigma of Clarence Thomas," is generating buzz. A new PBS documentary, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," comes out next year. And a Washington Post writer recently dedicated an entire column to Thomas, calling him "an American hero." Read More It's all adding up to another public reappraisal of arguably … [Read more...] about The Clarence Thomas myth that refuses to die
The call came from a Samoan in Auckland, New Zealand, by way of the man's father, an undertaker in Samoa: They needed children's caskets. So Ron Wattam of the Kiwi Coffin Club sprang into action. The 77-year-old usually joins about 20 to 25 other retirees in Rotorua, in northern New Zealand, every Wednesday to craft coffins for themselves and as charity for the community. Now they are working around the clock to prepare 24 coffins for Samoa. The majority of the coffins are for babies and children, reflecting the death toll in Samoa's measles outbreak: Most of the 63 who have died were younger than 4. So the Kiwi Coffin Club is cutting, gluing, lining and painting six coffins fitted for victims ages 1 month to 18 months; four for those up to 5 years old; and 10 for those up to 12 years old, Wattam said. The two for teens and two for adults are largely for packing purposes, so they can carefully stack each casket into the other, explained Wattam. A company in Auckland has agreed to send … [Read more...] about Dozens of Samoan children have died of measles. So New Zealanders are sending child-size coffins.