Russia has seen its population fall during much of the period since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its current population of 146 million is predicted to fall by 4 to 12 million by 2035. President Putin has rolled out a number of policies aimed at encouraging people to have babies. Since 2013, the IVF procedure has largely been state-funded under a compulsory health insurance scheme.
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Louise Brown describes the medical marvel of IVF, the assisted reproduction process which led to her birth as the first “test tube baby” nearly 40 years ago. Louise and IVF both celebrate their 40th on 25 July 2018 and the occasion is being marked with an exhibition running at London’s Science Museum.
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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: tens of thousands rally against IVF and surrogacy in France, Mexican authorities discover mass graves in Guerrero state, Somali troops recapture coastal town from Al Shabaab, and former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies of a heart attack aged 63.
Thousands Protest in Two Cities for ‘Traditional Family Values’
Group ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ organized rallies in Paris and Bordeaux against surrogacy and medically assisted conception for gay and lesbian couples.
Mass Graves Found in Guerrero State
DNA tests will determine if the remains belong to some or all of the university students who went missing in the area more than a week ago.
Coastal Town Recaptured From Militants
Soldiers backed by African Union forces seized control of the town, which served as a key supply route for Al Shabaab fighters.
Ex-Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Dies Aged 63
After 25 years in exile, Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to the country in 2011, where he was accused of human rights crimes during his brutal 15-year rule.
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