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What It Means To Be 'Black In Latin America'

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Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. looks at the cultural legacy of African slaves brought to Latin America.

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Ana Isela Martinez Amaya, a teacher at an El Paso school, spent more than a month in a Juarez jail after Mexican police found drugs in her car at the Mexico-U.S. border crossing. But FBI agents uncovered a complex drug operation that involved tracking Ford cars and copying their keys. Their investigation ultimately led to charges against Martinez being dropped. Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chileans affectionately refer to the Esmeralda as "The White Lady," but human-rights advocates say the ship's history is stained. Activists say for true reconciliation, the Chilean Navy must acknowledge the ship's past. Amy Isackson hide caption

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Ship Brings Peace, And Chile's Grim History, To Port

The Chilean ship Esmeralda pulled into port in San Diego this week. Intended as a peaceful naval ambassador, it's stirring dark feelings for victims of Chile's history.

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Migrants ride on top of a northern bound train toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, in March. Migrants crossing Mexico to get to the U.S. have increasingly become targets of criminal gangs who kidnap them to obtain ransom money. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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