A Mexican guard at a prison in Tijuana where 17 men are being held on charges they were digging a drug-smuggling tunnel from Tijuana to the U.S. border at San Diego. The men say they were kidnapped and forced to do the work. Special to NPR hide caption

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Mexican-born Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, a German prince, plans to ski in style for the Winter Olympics. Courtesy of Alex Jorio hide caption

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Civilian militia members stand guard in the town of Nueva Italia on Monday. Since a government crackdown last weekend, militia groups say they have laid down their weapons against drug traffickers. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Carlos Slim Helu (left) talks with Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine. The magazine lists the Mexican telecom mogul as the world's richest man, with a net worth of $73 billion. Jeremy Piper/AP hide caption

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The Virgencita Plis character from Distroller in Mexico. Distroller hide caption

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Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro greets supporters during a campaign rally in Tegucigalpa last week. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Rosarito, Mexico, near the U.S. border in the Mexican state of Baja California, is home to thousands of Americans who live there full or part time, many in properties with long-term leases. A proposed change to Mexican law would allow foreigners outright ownership of Mexican beachfront properties. Guillermo Arias/AP hide caption

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A street vendor fries food for lunch customers in Mexico City on July 10. Mexico has now surpassed the United States in levels of adult obesity, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Ivan Pierre Aguirre/AP hide caption

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Dressed in the black and neon orange colors of the new transit police, these women are slated to replace a force of notoriously corrupt traffic cops in Mexico State. Edith Chapin/NPR hide caption

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto presents his first annual report to the nation during a ceremony before the Congress at his presidential residence in Mexico City on Monday. Omar Torres /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tlacoyos can be filled with beans, potatoes, mushrooms or cheese and are often topped with grilled cactus, onions, cilantro, and salsa. Jasmine Garsd for NPR hide caption

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A soldier watches over public transport users during an operation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in April. The crime rate is soaring in Honduras, and corrupt and ineffective law enforcement is widely seen as part of the problem. Rafael Ochoa/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Images from posters made by relatives show 10 of the 12 young people kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in Mexico City on May 26. No one has claimed responsibility for the brazen abduction. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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