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Azerbaijan posts highest birth rate in South Caucasus

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According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Azerbaijan ranks 126th among 229 countries in terms of birth rate.

Report informs citing the CIA that there are 145 births per 10,000 people in the country.

Niger (475 births per 10,000 people), Angola (427), and Uganda (423) lead the ranking. Monaco ends the list with only 64 births per 10,000 people.

Among the countries of the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan has the highest indicator. In Armenia and Georgia, this figure was 119 and 116, respectively.

Among the CIS countries, the leaders are Tajikistan (218 births per 10,000 people), Kyrgyzstan (206), Turkmenistan (183), Kazakhstan (164), Uzbekistan (161).

In Russia, for every 10,000 people, there are on average 100 births. In Belarus, this figure is 95.

According to Azerbaijan's State Statistical Committee (SSC), the country's population increased by 56,292 people, or 0.6% in the first 11 months of 2020, and reached 10,123,400 on December 1.

According to the SSC, 52.8% of Azerbaijan's population lives in cities, while 47.2% reside in rural areas. At the same time, 49.9% of the population are men, and 50.1% are women.

On average, there are 1,002 women for every 1,000 men in Azerbaijan.

From January through November 2020, 116,454 babies were born in the republic, which is 9.9% less than a year earlier. The birth rate for every 1,000 people for the specified period was 12.7. Boys accounted for 53.3% of children born, while girls made up 46.7%.

During the reported period, 3,106 twins, 117 triples, and four quadruplets were born in Azerbaijan.

Some 61,147 people have died in the first 11 months of 2020, The death rate for every 10,000 people was 67.

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New CEO appointed to Azercell Telecom

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Zarina Zeynalova has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Azercell Telecom LLC, Report informs.

Zarina Zeynalova holds a post-graduate diploma in People Management & Development from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of People Management and Development (CIPD). She is a graduate of the Executive Management Development Program at Texas A&M University, USA. She holds a B.Sc. degree from Azerbaijan Medical University.

Z. Zeynalova has over 25 years of professional experience in management and organizational development across multiple geographies of the world. For 20 years she has held various management positions in BP offices in Azerbaijan, UK, and the US. She also held senior management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Pasha Construction Group.

Note that the former head of Azercell Telecom LLC, Vahid Mursaliyev left his post due to the expiration of his contract.

The main priority of the new CEO of Azercell will be to ensure a leading position in the field of digital transformation in Azerbaijan, along with the development of the communication activities of Azercell.

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Oil prices go up 

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The oil prices, which fell this afternoon, rose again during the evening auctions.

Report informs that Brent crude for June delivery went up 0.12 percent to $66.86 a barrel, WTI June crude futures surged 0.22 percent to $63.33, while May futures climbed 0.17 percent to $63.24 a barrel.

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WHO extends emergency mode due to coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended the global emergency regime due to the COVID-19 pandemic for another three months.

The decision was made after the Committee on Emergency Situations of the WHO International Health Regulation (IHR) discussed the situation at the 7th meeting.

"The WHO Director-General accepted that the COVID-19 pandemic still remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and agreed with the committee's recommendations," the statement reads.

So far, 142 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 3 million of them have died.

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