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PBS NewsHour full episode, Jan. 17, 2023

Tuesday on the NewsHour, China’s population decreases for the first time in 60 years, highlighting a demographic crisis that could alter the global economy. A Republican candidate who lost his election is arrested for orchestrating shootings targeting Democratic officials in New Mexico. Plus, victims of human trafficking in Nepal who were forced to sell their organs share their harrowing stories.
PBS NewsHour full episode, Jan. 17, 2023

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How China's population decline could alter global economy

The world’s most populous country hit a historic turning point. China announced its first population decline in six decades with 850,000 fewer people at the end of last year than in 2021. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Mei Fong joined Geoff Bennett to discuss the cause of the decline and what it could mean for the global economy.


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Republican charged in shootings targeting Democrats in NM

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, linked a series of drive-by shootings that damaged the homes of local Democratic politicians to a defeated Republican candidate. The case spotlights the troubling rise in extremist violence targeting elected officials across the country. New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver joined Geoff Bennett to discuss combatting election disinformation.


Trafficking victims forced to sell organs share stories

Each year, an estimated 35,000 Nepalis are sold into modern slavery. They are vulnerable in part because of their economic conditions, as of the 29 million people who live in Nepal, nearly half live in poverty. But the country is trying to fight back and police recently busted a network that was trafficking people into neighboring India for the illegal sale of their kidneys. Zeba Warsi reports.


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