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WHO: Iraq, South Africa buck life expectancy trend

WHO: Iraq, South Africa buck life expectancy trend

The World Health Organization says the life expectancy among Iraqi men has gone down by three years, making the country buck the global trend.
WHO says global average life expectancy increased to 68 years from 66 years in the period from 2000 to 2009.
But it says the average life expectancy in Iraq fell to 66 from 68 years since the start of the century because of a sharp decline among men to 62 years from 65 years. It says Iraqi girls born in 2009 can still expect to live to 70, the same as nine years ago.
WHO figures released Friday show life expectancy in South Africa fell to 54 years from 56. Female life expectancy dropped to 55 years from 59 years at the start of the century while men remained stable at 54.