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Jeong Bo-mi, 37, and her baby in Seoul, South Korea, April 7, 2016.


Hard Numbers: South Korea's baby money, Cobalt and reproductive issues in the DRC, Egypt gets bailed out, Calif. braces amid storms, New Japanese words hit dictionary

75,000: In South Korea, where the overall fertility rate is expected to plummet to 0.68 this year, significantly lower than the 2.1 deemed essential by the OECD for maintaining a relatively steady population, a construction firm is providing employees with a $75,000 reward for every child they have. This initiative is just one of numerous attention-grabbing incentives being introduced as policymakers and businesses contend with the nation's demographic challenges.

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A woman and her sons stand on the edge of Maracaibo lake in front of oil rigs in Maracaibo February 15, 2008.

REUTERS/Isaac Urrutia

Oil, gas, gold for (pseudo-) democracy?

The United States has temporarily lifted sanctions against Venezuela’s oil, natural gas, and gold sectors after Venezuela’s strongman President Nicolás Maduro agreed to a deal with the US-backed opposition on scheduling elections with international observers and allowing opposition candidates to run.

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Paige Fusco

The Graphic Truth: Russia's war makes metals (more) precious

Russia’s war in Ukraine — and subsequent Western sanctions — are making commodity prices soar. Precious metals are also getting more expensive because Russia provides much of the world’s supply. We look at how the prices of palladium, platinum, and nickel have fared since the start of the year.

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