Which countries have the world's highest murder rates? Honduras tops the list

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  • U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime: Honduras has the world's highest homicide rate
  • There were 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people there in 2012, a new report says
  • Homicide rates in the Americas have long been higher than those in Europe and Asia

Honduras has the world's highest murder rate, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday.

There were 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people in Honduras in 2012, according to this year's report from the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime.

The report analyzes the intentional homicides of about 437,000 people around the world in that year.

Honduras also topped the list in the office's last report, released in 2011.

In the Americas, homicide rates have been five to eight times higher than those of Europe and Asia since the mid-1950s, the study says, describing the phenomenon as "the legacy of decades of political and crime-related violence."

Here's a look at the U.N.'s latest tally of nations with the highest homicide rates:

COUNTRIES

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    Honduras: 90.4 (per 100,000)

    Venezuela: 53.7

    Belize: 44.7

    El Salvador: 41.2

    Guatemala: 39.9

    Jamaica: 39.3

    Swaziland: 33.8

    Saint Kitts and Nevis: 33.6

    South Africa: 31.0

    Colombia: 30.8

    WEAPONS

    The report also provides a look at what kinds of weapons were used in homicides around the world.

    Firearms: 41%

    Sharp objects: 24%

    Other: 35%

    Source: Global Study on Homicide 2013, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime