UN global study: Murder rate very high in Americas

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LONDON (AP) — A new U.N. study finds the global murder rate has declined slightly but remains very high in the Americas and parts of Africa.

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime report released Thursday shows homicide rates in southern Africa and Central America are more than four times higher than the global average of 6.2 victims per 100,000 people.

The figures chronicle murder rates in 2012. It found more than half of all victims are younger than 30.

U.N. policy analyst Jean-Luc Lemahieu said the figures show that Canada and the U.S. remain below the global average but some countries in Central and South America are far higher.

Lemahieu says “the Americas remain a very violent part of the world,” citing drug trafficking as a contributing factor.

Associated Press

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