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The five deadliest cities in the world

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For at least the third year in a row, the five deadliest cities in the world are all within Latin America. Mexico's Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice compiles statistics worldwide to rank the most dangerous cities each year. The list is built solely on the number of homicides per 100,000 persons.

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Maceió, Brazil
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Maceió, Brazil

Maceió, Brazil had the fifth most homicides per capita in the world in 2013. The city of 996,733 had 795 murders. Maceió will not host any World Cup games. The city has dropped from the third most deadly city in 2011. 

Cali, Colombia
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Cali, Colombia

Cali, Colombia was the fourth deadliest city in the world in 2013. The city of 2,319,684 had 1,930 homicides. The city was once home to the powerful Cali Cartel. The city has rose from the 11th most dangerous city in 2011.

Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco, Mexico John Moore/Getty Images

Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco comes in third on the list of the most deadly cities in the world in 2013. The city of 833,294 saw 940 homicides during the year. The city still sees a large amount of Mexican tourists, but foreign tourism has been greatly damaged from feuding drug gangs. 

Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela John Moore/Getty Images

Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas rose to the second spot on the list after coming in third the year before. The city of 3,247,971 had 4,364 homicides during the year. The capital city has seen heavy political unrest so far in 2014. 

San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro Sula, Honduras Spencer Platt/Getty Images

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula, Honduras was the deadliest city in the world for the third straight year. The city of 753,990 had 1,411 homicides. The city is dealing with feuding street gangs and also crime from being in the path of narcotics flowing north from South America. 



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