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The Sand Shark lifts sand onto a conveyor belt, then dumps it through a sifting device. BP says the machine can clean more sand in 5 minutes than 100 people could in three hours. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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BP Shrinks Gulf Cleanup Crews, Tries New Tools

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Resident exorcist Muthalama at the temple at Hanumanthapuram in rural Tamil Nadu claims she can purge the possessed of evil spirits. She uses the trident, or three-pronged spear, and the neem leaves she holds in her right hand. The red and yellow powder on her forehead indicates her holy status. Miranda Kennedy for NPR hide caption

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India's Mentally Ill Turn To Faith, Not Medicine

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Police officers patrol a street in Torreon, in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, on July 19 after gunmen interrupted a party there, killing 17 people and injuring at least 18. Ramon Sotomayor/AP hide caption

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Latin America

As The Drug War Rages On, Will Mexico Surrender?

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Acapulco, Mexico's celebrated coastal resort, was once a destination for Hollywood stars, but now struggles to attract foreign tourists frightened by drug-related violence. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Mexico's Vacation Paradise Marred By Drug Carnage

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The proposed site of the Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, a 152-year-old building, previously a Burlington Coat Factory department store. Timothy A. Clary/AFP hide caption

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The Two-Way

Mosque Debate Expected To Leave Scars

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A Toyota Sienna minivan has been bulletproofed in a Mexico City shop that retrofits vehicles with armor. The glass in the door window is considerably thicker than in regular car windows. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Amid Mexico's Drug War, A Rush For Bulletproof Cars

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