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Ariel Ramos, 50, is tearing out coca leaves to be processed into coca paste, a substance that can be smoked or used for making cocaine powder. "I don't need to move to sell coca paste, the buyers come to me. It is easier than planting anything else." Fabiola Ferrero hide caption

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HIV-positive patients and their families protest hospitals' lack of medicines and supplies in Caracas, Venezuela, in April 2018. Some patients are fleeing to neighboring countries like Peru in search of lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs. Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Fishermen wait to help people going to Colombia across the Arauca River near San Fernando de Apure in Venezuela in February 2017. More than 1 million Venezuelans are estimated to be living in Colombia. Juancho Torres/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Fleeing Crisis, Some Venezuelans Are Recruited By Rebel Forces Fighting In Colombia

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Relatives and friends of Eduardo Felipe Santos Victor, a teenager who was shot dead in Morro da Providencia, a low-income favela community, mourn during his funeral in Rio de Janeiro, on Sept. 30, 2015. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro addresses the United Nations General Assembly. Several countries have requested an investigation of Venezuela for alleged crimes against humanity. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Abortion-rights supporters demonstrate earlier this month outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, adding the legalization campaign's distinctive green handkerchiefs to outfits alluding to the dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. The book's author, Margaret Atwood, has said she drew inspiration from Argentine history. Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brazilian lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro is greeted by supporters as he launches his campaign for October's presidential election, in Rio de Janeiro, on July 22. Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dictatorship Was A 'Very Good' Period, Says Brazil's Aspiring President

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A couple watches boats pass the docks in Manaus, a city on the Amazon River. Pop-up restaurants like this line the docks to dish homemade Brazilian fare to ship travelers and crews. Catherine Osborn for NPR hide caption

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A Day In The Boat Life On The Amazon River

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A Colombian chef turned social entrepreneur, Leonor Espinosa has made it her mission to revive traditional agriculture, ancestral foodways and culinary know-how among rural, mainly indigenous and Afro-Colombian people. Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A crowd waits to cross the border into Colombia over the Simón Bolívar bridge in San Antonio del Táchira, Venezuela, in July 2016. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's Deepening Crisis Triggers Mass Migration Into Colombia

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The reflection of Brazil's National Congress stands splintered in the broken glass of a federal building in Brasilia on Thursday, one day after protesters flooded the city's streets in opposition to President Michel Temer. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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A protester stares down riot police behind his gas mask, during demonstrations against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Thursday. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pepperpot, a traditional Guyanese Christmas dish, is basically a stew of aromatics and tough meat parts like shanks, trotters and tails that benefit from a long cooking. Courtesy of Cynthia Nelson Photography hide caption

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Walk In The Steps, If Not In The Image, Of A Communist Hero

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A Darwin finch in the Galapagos. The subfamily that is unique to the islands has been threatened by an invasive parasite that first appeared in 1997. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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A Filipino chicken vendor in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. Researchers say Pacific island chicken are genetically similar to the variety found in the Philippines, but different from South American chicken. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Hundreds of thousands of people crowd Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as Pope Francis celebrates the final Mass of his visit to Brazil. Security lapses, traffic chaos and other logistical snafus marred the visit. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics

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