Many Americans are familiar with cornhusk-wrapped tamales. But those aren't my favorite. Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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What Greece Can Learn From South America

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Brazil Outshines Other BRIC Economies

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Diego Rivera's fountain of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc is a pumping station in Mexico City's municipal water system. It fell into disrepair for some time, but has recently been restored. David Hiser/National Geographic hide caption

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Unusual Diego Rivera Work Restored in Mexico City

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Costa Rican and U.S. Guard Coast members seized this semi-submersible which was carrying seven tons of cocaine. It is shown here at Costa Rica's Puntarenas Coast Guard headquarters on Sept. 17, 2008. Four Colombians were arrested. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Costa Rica's Peaceful Reputation At Risk From Cartels

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In A Drug War, Mexican Forces Accused Of Abuses

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After 20 minutes of silent witness, the angels gather around a group of neighbors and pray with them for employment, for better living conditions, for salvation from sin, and for an end to the murders. Raymundo Aguirre for NPR hide caption

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Angels Send Message Of Peace To Juarez, Mexico

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Have Migrants Given Up Crossing The Border?

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In Cuba, Dial-Up Internet Is A Luxury

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In Brazil, Oil Boom Brings Environmental Worries

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Venezuela President Appears In Nativity Scene

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Catholics Honor Virgin Of Guadalupe For Feast Day

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Greased Tracks Facilitate Brazilian Train Robbery

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Mexican soldiers stand guard behind communication radios seized from alleged drug cartel members in Veracruz, Mexico, Nov. 23. Lucas Castro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico Busts Drug Cartels' Private Phone Networks

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