Births Among Young Women Hit Records Lows in US
The number of babies born to young women continues to decline in the United States.
A record low number of teenagers and women in their 20s gave birth in the U.S. in 2015, according to new government data released Thursday.
Preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the birth rate among mothers ages 15 to 19 fell by 8 percent last year, and has dropped 64 percent since 1991.
Overall, U.S. mothers gave birth to 3.98 million babies in 2015, only slightly fewer than the year before. The birth rate was 62.5 per 1,000 women.
The numbers continue the trend of women giving birth later in life.
Those age 20 to 24 had 3 percent fewer births last year, a figure that has declined by 27 percent during the past decade. For those 25 to 29, the birth rate fell by 1 percent.
But women in their 30s saw their fifth consecutive year of increases, while the birth rate for women 40 to 44 jumped by 4 percent last year.
At Least 10 Killed in Somalia Hotel Attack
Witnesses in Somalia's capital say at least 10 people were killed and more than 15 others wounded when militants attacked a major hotel Wednesday.
A Somali lawmaker told VOA that two parliamentarians were killed during the attack. He said a third lawmaker was injured.
One of the lawmakers at the hotel described the attack, saying: "As I was sleeping in my hotel room, I was shocked by a huge explosion. A flying door and window fell on me. I ran toward the back door of the hotel and managed to survive," he said.
A freelance journalist working for VOA reported seeing five dead bodies lying in front of the hotel.
Most of the casualties were reported to be caused by a car bomb that detonated while many people were performing evening prayers.
The assault on Mogadishu's Ambassador Hotel came hours after Somali officials said a top commander of militant group al-Shabab was killed in a late-night military operation.
Mohamed Mohamud allegedly masterminded the April 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University College that left 148 people dead, nearly all of them students.