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Civil servant's death highlights world's lowest birth rate

Children playing in a fountain in Seoul. South Korea's fertility rate has been declining for years and now stands at 1.2, the lowest in the world in the latest World Bank tally.


TRYING to raise the world's lowest birth rate is among the missions of South Korea's welfare ministry - a challenge starkly illustrated when one of its own working mothers died at her office.

The 34-year-old woman was an elite employee who had passed the highest category of...

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