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Over the next two decades, China is likely to construct as many new buildings as Europe’s total current stock. (Speech by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, 16th September 2008; sent in by Toby Procter)

Between 1997 and 2007, the rise in British property values exceeded the gross earnings of all British female employees over the same period. (Office of national statistics; sent in by Peter Hird)

In 2005, Baltimore averaged a higher per capita homicide rate than Darfur. (UN field reports and; sent in by Alex de Waal)

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