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Oh baby, you're one in ... 7 billion!

A nurse massages a new-born baby at a care center for premature and ill infants in a Shanghai maternity hospital yesterday. According to the United Nations website, the world's population is projected to pass 7 billion on October 31. The UN also predicted that the figure would reach 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by the end of this century. Countries with high birth rates, mainly in Africa, will see their populations tripled by then. Average life expectancy will be 81 by 2100.

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