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TRAVEL WATCH: JANUARY 24, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 3

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The 10 most dangerous spots in the world last year

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According to Air Security International, a global security firm, the 10 most dangerous spots in the world last year were:Algeria, Central Africa, Colombia, Islamabad and Karachi, Johannesburg and Capetown, Lagos and Port Harcourt (Nigeria), Maputo (Mozambique), Mexico City, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and So Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Other than areas of actual armed conflict, these places pose the greatest crime risk for travelers. Carjackings, bombings, assaults, kidnappings and basic robbery were serious problems in each of the areas listed. Things got so bad in Rio that police passed a law allowing motorists to slow rather than stop for red lights between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. It's a good way to escape the crooks--but watch for oncoming traffic.



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