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Americas overtake Africa as region with most murders

UN report finds nearly 40% of world’s murders were committed in Americas in 2012

The Americas have overtaken Africa as the region with the most murders, thanks to a surge in organised crime, according to a UN report (pdf).

Honduras retains the world’s highest murder rate, with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people in 2012, almost double that of Venezuela, whose rate was 53.7.

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