Dozens of padlocks around cables are seen along the bridge of the Americas in La Paz September 2, 2014.REUTERS/David Mercado
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One person commits suicide somewhere in the world every 40 seconds, the United Nations said in a report Thursday.The highest rates of suicide are found in central and eastern Europe and in Asia, and 25 percent occur in rich countries, the report says.The WHO, which called suicide a problem that must be confronted and stemmed, studied 172 countries to produce the report, which took a decade to research.It said that in 2012 high-income countries had a slightly higher suicide rate – 12.7 per 100,000 people, versus 11.2 in low- and middle-income nations.The WHO cautioned that suicide figures were often incomplete, as many countries failed to keep proper tallies.A major challenge, it said, is that suicide victims are often from marginalized groups of the population, many of them poor and vulnerable.
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