June 8, 2014

Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious

Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times

The Associated Press

Worried about a steep decline in fertility rates that experts are predicting could reduce population growth to zero within 20 years, Tehran has started a broad initiative to persuade Iranian families to have more children.

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