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Baby bonus

The week's news at a glance.

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Italian mothers who give birth between now and the end of next year will win a cash prize of more than $1,000. Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, at 1.2 children per woman. In an effort to boost that rate, the government said this week it will pay women who already have at least one child to have another. A first child already guarantees a state payout. Some opposition leaders said the program was racist, since only Italian women—not immigrants—qualify for the child bonus.

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