Diego Rivera's fountain of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc is a pumping station in Mexico City's municipal water system. It fell into disrepair for some time, but has recently been restored. David Hiser/National Geographic hide caption

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Federal policemen escort the armored car carrying a member of Los Zetas drug cartel in June. The security forces have been accused of abuses in the fight against the drug cartels. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican soldiers stand guard behind communication radios seized from alleged drug cartel members in Veracruz, Mexico, Nov. 23. Lucas Castro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Stephanie Sigman as Laura in the Canana and Fox International Productions film Miss Bala. Eniac Martinez/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Employees of TECMA, a cross-border plant or maquiladora, work in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Business leaders say the quick delivery time of goods from Mexico to the U.S. can help revive manufacturing in North America. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"Los Mata Zetas," or the "Zeta Killers," described themselves in a recent video as a paramilitary group that will go after members of the Zeta drug cartel. The Mexican government, however, has described it as a rival drug cartel that is just seeking to eliminate competition from the Zetas.

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Mexico has launched a publicity blitz to attract more tourists. The vast majority of tourists travel to just one of a half-dozen destinations in Mexico — including Cancun, shown here last year — far from the drug violence.

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In Acapulco, Mexico, teachers are out on strike at more than a hundred schools because of spiraling violence related to the country's drug war. Here, a child looks at a sign announcing the closure of a school in Acapulco, Sept. 1. Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Caricatures of the ousted Gadhafi have sprung up all over Tripoli. This image of Gadhafi in chains is on a wall in the capital's Fashlum neighborhood. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Musicians and other Libyans who once dared not express themselves are finding a new outlet on the country's newly freed radio stations. Shown here, a recent day at the studios of Radio Libya — once a state-run station — in Tripoli. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Large mortar shells sit unguarded, and boxes that once held anti-aircraft missiles and other heavy weapons are strewn about arms depots around Tripoli. Rebels say they've taken some ammunition, but U.S. officials and others express fears the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. Ben Hubbard/AP hide caption

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Matthew VanDyke walks toward his former cell as he takes journalists on a tour of the Abu Salim prison in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday. Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A man pours gas into the tank of his car in Tripoli on Saturday. Residents in the Libyan capital are scrambling to get basic supplies, such as fuel and water. Sergey Ponomarev/AP hide caption

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