The website Urban Titan  has made a list of the most dangerous cities in the world, and some of them -- sites of armed conflict -- will come as no surprise: Baghdad; Karachi, Pakistan; and Mogadishu, Somalia, for example. Others to make this disreputable roll include Capetown, South Africa (isn't Johannesburg what everyone talks about?); Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where an ongoing drug war has made going out for coffee dangerous; and Caracas, Venezuela, home of South America's last socialist dream.
Rio de Janeiro, sadly, also earned a spot. Not a good thing if you're thinking of attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil or going to Carnaval next spring.
Two U.S. cities made the list: Detroit and New Orleans. No surprise there. It's just the facts, folks, based on the numbers.
In fact, our sister site slate.fr decided to rank these cities , using crime statistics. On its list, Capetown came in first, Detroit No. 3 and New Orleans No. 9.
Our astute French friends noticed the big whopper that we caught, too, and made a correction. The editors at Urban Titan listed Chechnya, Russia, as one of the cities. Last time we looked, Chechnya was a country (at least, a semiautonomous region of Russia) with Grozny as its capital. If the editors of Urban Titan can't tell the difference between a city and country, we have to trim our esteem of them down a bit.
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