No. 4 Caracas
It can be difficult at times to find a story on Venezuela that doesn't involve the oil-rich nation's bombastic and controversial president, Hugo Chavez. But while Chavez's statements and antics tend to suck most of the oxygen from the room, there has, in recent months, been more and more news on crime in Venezuela's capital city of Caracas. Since his election in 1998, the homicide rate in Caracas has more than doubled, earning the city the 2008 award for 'Murder Capital of the World' by Foreign Policy. As Chavez celebrates his 10th anniversary as the country's chief executive - and likewise clears the path for another 10 years to come - the issue of crime in Caracas will continue to plague this indefinite president for the indefinite future.