Children as young as 7 are among the scavengers at the dump on the outskirts of Honduras' second-largest city, San Pedro Sula. Living conditions in Honduras, already one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere, have worsened since a coup in June removed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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A new report by a human rights organization says the current Cuban regime, headed by President Raul Castro, uses an "Orwellian" law to keep dissidents locked up. Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A migrant from Guatemala who did not want to be identified walks along the railroad tracks toward a northern-bound freight train in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month. Carlos Jasso/AP hide caption

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Cubans are being asked to offer their own thoughts about economic reforms. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Covering more than 750 acres, the sprawling Central de Abasto in Mexico City is billed as Latin America's largest market. Shoppers and vendors here are feeling the effects of the country's economic downturn. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Migrants walk next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, in September 2009. The U.S. recession has serious repercussions on the Mexican economy, which relies heavily on remittances from its workers in the U.S. Guillermo Arias/AP hide caption

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