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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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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U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol along the border fence between Arizona and Mexico, July 28, 2010. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Daniel Ortega is seeking a third term in Sunday's elections despite a constitutional limit on holders of the office to two terms. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Daniel Ortega Seeks Re-Election In Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega has been one of the most prominent figures in Nicaragua for three decades and is running for a third term as president.

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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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