Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (shown here in October 2009) and his moves toward a socialist state are facing increasing challenges as the country struggles with an economic downturn and an unprecedented energy crisis.
The Santa Fe bridge (shown in February 2010) links the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez (bottom) with the U.S. city of El Paso in Texas. American law enforcement officials say they are worried that violence from newly Sinaloa-controlled areas of Ciudad Juarez will spill over into the U.S.
Shazia Bibi (right) is shown with her family in this undated photo. The 12-year-old died under mysterious circumstances in January 2010, after eight months working in the household of a prominent lawyer in Lahore, Pakistan. Naeem Chaudhry, her employer, is being investigated in connection with her death.
Courtesy Masih Family