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Police stand near the scene of a murder in Juarez, Mexico. The country suffers from drug cartel-related violence despite some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance at the 6th Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba, held April 19, 2011. This weekend, the party will meet for the first time since then, and observers will be looking for insight into who may be ascendant in the party leadership. Javier Galeano/AP hide caption

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A worker pushes a wheelbarrow past the new National Teaching Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, on Jan. 10. When it opens this summer, the 320-bed facility will be Haiti's largest hospital and provide services and a level of care well beyond what's currently available. Dieu Nalio Chery/AP hide caption

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Pastor Junior Antoine on stage at Shalom Tabernacle of Glory evangelical church, in front of a congregation that grew rapidly after the earthquake two years ago. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Astrid Hadad performs in Mexico. Betto Arcos/NPR hide caption

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Artists React To Mexico's Drug War With Music And Poetry

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A member of Colombia's secret police, or Administrative Department of Security, listens to intercepted telephone calls in 2009. Reports of illegal wiretapping by secret police contributed to President Juan Manuel Santos' 2011 decision to close the agency. William Fernando Martinez/AP hide caption

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Amid Scandal, Colombia Dismantles Spy Agency

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Stephanie Sigman plays Laura, a beauty queen drawn into the world of Mexican drug cartels, in the film Miss Bala. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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In 'Miss Bala,' Bullets And Beauty Pageants Collide

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Last year, the Annex de Martissant area of Port-au-Prince was a camp for displaced people. The area was filled with tents. Today, locals are building sturdier shelters with funding from the American Red Cross. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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The Challenge Of Measuring Relief Aid To Haiti

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Seventy-three temporary wooden shelters were built last month by the American Red Cross together with other nongovernmental organizations in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Some residents of the new settlement, Village Carvil, have already added living space with tarps. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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