Earlier this month, Mexican soldiers stack bails of marijuana -- 134 tons of it -- to be burned near the city of Tijuana. Many people in the Mexican border town do not believe that legalizing recreational marijuana use in California will change the level of violence driven by Mexico's drug trade. Francisco Vega/Getty Images hide caption

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California's Prop 19 Fuels Mexico's Debate On Drugs

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Mexican soldiers patrol the streets of Reynosa, on Mexico's northeastern border with the United States, in March 2009. AP hide caption

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In Just One Year, A Mexican City Turns Violent

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Haitians sit  in front of the fence surrounding the crumbling presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in August. Nine months have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people, left 1.5 million homeless and destroyed much of the capital. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Haitians Forge Ahead As Quake Recovery Drags On

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Relatives of Edelmiro Cavazos, mayor of Santiago, stand next to his coffin at his funeral in Santiago, Mexico, on Aug. 19. Cavazos was abducted, tortured and then murdered, allegedly by some of his own police officers. He is one of 11 Mexican mayors killed this year. Dario Leon/AFP hide caption

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Mayors Are New Targets In Mexico's Deadly Drug War

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Eight months after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, the Presidential Palace stands, half-collapsed, as a symbol of how slow and difficult the reconstruction effort is proving to be. It will be a major problem facing Haiti's next president. Campaigning for the election, scheduled for Nov. 28, is under way. Valentina Pasquali for NPR hide caption

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Weary, And Wary, Haitians Prepare For Elections

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Diana Kennedy was awarded the highest order given by the Mexican government to foreigners, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, for her work in exploring Mexican culture through food. Courtesy of University of Texas Press hide caption

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Cooking With The Grand Dame Of Mexican Cuisine

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Mexican Landslide Less Deadly Than Feared

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Rescuers Rush To Aid Landslide Victims In Mexico

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Some sights in Port-au-Prince have changed in the eight months that have passed since the earthquake. Billboards advertising mobile phones, home appliances and Delta Air Lines tower over a sprawling tent camp near Haiti’s international airport and stand in stark contrast to the meager lives of the camp’s dispossessed residents. Courtesy of Valentina Pasquali hide caption

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Amid Slow Recovery, Haiti's Tent Cities Remain

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Protesters shout slogans against Mexican President Felipe Calderon in front of the National Congress where the president delivers his annual address in Mexico City,  Sept. 2. Recent opinion polls confirm that the majority of Mexicans feel that their country is worse now than it was when Calderon took over in 2006. Luis Acosta/Getty Images hide caption

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In Mexico, Searching For Good News Amid The Bad

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Edgar Valdez Villarreal at the Mexican federal police headquarters in Mexico City on Aug. 31. Alfredo Estrella/Getty Images hide caption

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Arrested Mexican Kingpin Sheds Light On Drug War

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The State Of Mexico's Increasingly Brutal Drug War

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Mexico Captures Reputed Drug Lord 'The Barbie'

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A migrant from Honduras waits for a train during his journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border on the outskirts of Mexico City. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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Migrants Are Prey In Mexico's Deadly Violence

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A group of people kidnapped by alleged drug traffickers as they were rescued by members of the Mexican army in Sabinas Hidalgo, north of Monterrey, on April 27. Sixteen people, including a woman and a 2-year-old girl, were rescued during the operation. Dario Leon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico's Drug War Spawns Wave Of Kidnappings

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