A youth smokes crack in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. A crack epidemic is one factor contributing to the sharp rise in crime committed by Brazilian minors. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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As Youth Crime Spikes, Brazil Struggles For Answers

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The renovated Maracana stadium hosts a game by the teams "Friends of Bebeto" and "Friends of Ronaldo" during the stadium's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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Brazilians Keep World Cup Hopes In Check Amid Complications

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Author Benjamin Alire Saenz writes about life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Here he holds his latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, in front of "$26," a painting by Francisco Delgado (the presidents in the painting appear on American bills worth a collective $26). Mark Lambie/Courtesy El Paso Times hide caption

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Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

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Ricardo Galvez, Giovanna Meneses Pisco and Arely Betzabe pose for a photograph in front of their former home El Ayllu. The family was back in the neighborhood to gather some of their belongings, and Giovanna spent the hours teary-eyed. As soon as families moved out, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, with the help of paid community members, began to demolish the buildings. Courtesy of Elie Gardner hide caption

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U.S.-Mexico Alliance Against Drug Cartels In Jeopardy

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Trial Of Former Guatemalan Dictator Suffers Setback

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This undated family photo released Thursday shows Timothy Tracy inside of a vehicle in Venezuela. The 35-year-old filmmaker from California was arrested Wednesday by Venezuelan authorities. AP hide caption

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Three women in coffee leading the way: Stephanie Backus of Portland Roasting, coffee farmer Miguelina Villatoro of Guatemala, and coffee exporter/processor Loyreth Sosa. Here they discuss coffee prices as they survey beans ready for milling. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee

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Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks last month at an event in La Paz to mark Sea Day, when the country lost access to the coast in a war with Chile more than 100 years ago. On Wednesday, Bolivia filed a lawsuit against Chile at the International Court of Justice to reclaim access to the Pacific Ocean. Juan Karita/AP hide caption

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From The Border To The Fortune 500

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Luis Fernando Vasquez has been a coffee farmer in the central valley of Costa Rica his entire life. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Coffee For A Cause: What Do Those Feel-Good Labels Deliver?

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Venezuela Deeply Divided After Chavez Death, Recent Election

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Bolivia Tries To Regain Sea Access It Lost To Chile In 1904

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A portrait is projected on the walls of a building as part of a project promoting art through re-evaluating urban spaces and buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 22. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Gritty Sao Paulo, Artists Take To The Streets

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Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protest in the area of Altamira, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Monday. Mauricio Valenzuela/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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