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Canada's homicide rate lowest in 45 years

"Homicide rates have been generally higher in the western provinces and northern territories than in the eastern part of the country for many decades," Statistics Canada says.

South Africa to hunt "247,000 most wanted" with billboards

South African police plan to erect billboards with photos of the country's 247,000 most wanted criminals, along highways and at street corners.
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South African National police Commissioner Bheki Cele gives a press conference on November 18, 2010 in Cape Town after the police have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of a Swedish newlywed on her honeymoon in Cape Town. (RODGER BOSCH /AFP/Getty Images)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The FBI keeps a list of its 10 most wanted criminals.

In South Africa, police have their 247,000 most wanted, according to a local media report.

The country's top police chief, Bheki Cele, has a plan to hunt down these 247,000 fugitives: publish their photos on billboards erected along South African highways.


UK signs order to extradite "honeymoon murder" suspect to South Africa

Anni Dewani, 28, was shot dead last November in an apparent carjacking in the impoverished, crime-ridden Gugulethu township near Cape Town. 

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Mexican drug cartel leader "had 1,500 people murdered"

Mexican police say that Acosta Hernandez is the leader of the La Linea gang, whose members work as hired killers for the notoriously violent Juarez cartel, which controls the main drug smuggling routes into the United States.

China arrests its top fugitive, Lai Changxing, after Canada deports him

Chinese state TV showed Lai being read his rights by a police officer before being taken into custody.

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China has waged a testy diplomatic battle with Canada over the deportation of Lai Changxing.

Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral shot dead in Guatemala

Cabral became famous in the 1970s as a protest singer in Argentina, and in 1996, Unesco declared him a "world messenger of peace.”

In South Africa, yet another top cop's home is robbed

While crime levels in South Africa are on the decline, the luxury homes of police chiefs continue to be burgled.
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South Africa's national police commissioner Bheki Cele is one of several top cops in the country to have had his home burgled. (RODGER BOSCH /AFP/Getty Images)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The police chief of the province that includes Johannesburg has become the latest top cop in South Africa to have his home burgled.

General Mzwandile Petros, police commissioner for Gauteng province — which includes the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria — on Friday had a plasma television stolen during a break in at his home in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood, a local radio news station reports.

The incident highlights the continuing battle to bring crime under control in South Africa’s largest city, but also raises questions about why top police and security officials continue to have their homes robbed.

In the past year, the country's national police chief and a deputy police minister have also had their homes burgled, both of which were located in the country's wealthiest neighborhoods. There have also been several recent armed robberies at police stations, including one in March at a station in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township.

But while police stations and the luxury homes of police chiefs continue to be burgled , crime levels in South Africa, including robberies, are widely reported to be on the decline.

The number of murders per 100,000 people in South Africa has dropped from 37 to 34 since 2009, according to an index compiled by the South African Institute for Race Relations.


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