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PM Howard concedes Australia poll
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has admitted defeat in the country’s general election, and looks set to lose his parliamentary seat.
Mr Howard said he had telephoned Labor leader Kevin Rudd “to congratulate him on an emphatic victory”.
New York loses mean streets image as murder rate plunges
The city of New York, once widely feared for its mean streets scarred by random violence, is on course for its lowest murder rate in four decades with this year’s total expected to be below 500.
Aided by burgeoning affluence and a decade of “zero-tolerance” policing, a steady decline in the Big Apple’s violent crime rate has left the city basking in a new-found glow of safety. Criminologists suggest that killings by strangers have become so rare that the police cannot reasonably be expected to stamp out the problem any further.