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commonwealth: seven things you might not know

image copyrightpacommonwealth leaders are meeting in london. here are seven things about this club of nations that you might not know.1) it's home to almost one-third of the world's populationabout 2.4 billion people - out of 7.4 billion globally - live in the commonwealth's 53 countries. and most of them are under the age of 30. the biggest country by population is india, which accounts for about half of the total. but 31 commonwealth members have a population of 1.5 million people or fewer. 2) some members were never part of the british empireimage copyrightreutersimage caption rwanda was colonised by germany and belgium, not the uk rwanda and mozambique became members in 2009 and 1995 respectively, and neither has a british colonial past or constitutional link.the club has lost members in the past. robert mugabe took zimbabwe out in 2003 after its membership was suspended amid reports of election rigging. pakistan was suspended after a military coup in 1999 and was re-admitted four-and-a-half years later. and south africa withdrew in 1961 after it was criticised by commonwealth members for its apartheid policies. it became a member again in 1994.the last country to leave was the maldives in 2016.3) the queen is head of state in only 16 of the countriesmost of the commonwealth states are republics and six - lesotho, swaziland, brunei darussalam, malaysia, samoa and tonga - have their own monarch. image copyrightreutersimage caption tonga has its own king - tu...