The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published its annual Global Competitiveness Report, which looks at dozens of measures of economic and institutional health to compile a ranking of countries.
One of the subcategories used by the WEF is the prevalence of organised crime — listed under the “security” index. Extortion, racketeering, theft, violence, and property damage are all factors that could hold back a country’s development.
We took a look at the worst performers on the list. The majority of countries with the worst gang problems are in south and central America but there is one European country that makes the list.
Each country is given a score from 1 to 7 indicating how bad the problem is. 1 indicates that it’s a big problem that imposes huge costs; 7 means no problem at all.
Here are the fifteen countries with the worst gang problems:
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Notorious Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina has died from cancer, Italian media reports say.
Riina, 87, former boss of the feared Cosa Nostra, was jailed in 1993.
He was serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered more than 150 murders.
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One of Italy’s most-wanted mob bosses has been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run from convictions for mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes, the Italian interior ministry has said.
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Italian police have detained 15 volunteer firefighters in southern Sicily accused of starting fires in order to get paid to put them out.
In the alleged fraud, the volunteers rang the emergency 115 number themselves or got friends or relatives to do it. Their commander allegedly skipped shifts in order to start fires.
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Hiking by most accounts involves nothing more than putting one foot in front of the other over and over until you reach your final destination. However, some of the most dangerous adventures in the world involve simply navigating a trail with nothing more than a healthy dose of fear and a desire to push your self to the edge–just not over it.
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A call by the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, for targeted sanctions against senior Russian and Syrian figures has been rejected by fellow G7 foreign ministers.
At a meeting at Lucca in Italy, the group said there must be an investigation into last week’s chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held town before new measures could be adopted.
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