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June 27, 2014
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Kingston makes UN highest murder rate survey
André Williams, STAR Writer

Kingston, Jamaica's capital, has been listed among an international survey of world cities with the highest murder rates, The WEEKEND STAR understands.

According to www.theguardian.com, who published the top 10 list on Tuesday, data from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows the most up-to-date available homicide rates per 100,000 people for the most populous cities of 137 countries.

The WEEKEND STAR gathered that the Americas overtook Africa as the region with the highest murder rate in 2012, with eight of the world's 10 deadliest cities found there.

Kingston sits on the list at number 10.

The data shows that Kingston, Jamaica, has a murder rate of 50.3 per 100,000 people in 2011.

The UNODC numbers capture intentional homicide, defined as 'unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person'.

Additionally, the report stated that a total of 328 people were murdered in Kingston in 2011, significantly down on previous years.

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