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Infant deaths at birth are highest in Africa

NAIROBI — More than 1 million babies die the day they are born every year, and the 14 countries with the highest rates of first-day deaths are all in Africa, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Somalia, Congo, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Central African Republic are the five countries with the highest rates of such deaths, according to the report ‘‘Surviving the First Day’’ from the group Save the Children.

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