Births down

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The Independent Online
BERLIN (AP) - The number of babies born in eastern Germany plummeted in 1992 to half the number of two years earlier, a stark indication of economic hard times. Editha Breier, women's affairs commissioner in the eastern city of Magdeburg, said women had lost much of the economic independence they had in Communist East Germany, and were harder hit by unemployment than men in the struggling region.

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