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Managing wood to carve a strong community

Managing wood to carve a strong community

Sweet smelling pine trees and a cloud forest stretch above the town of Ixtlan de Juarez, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, where residents highly value their wood.

Art attracts fish in underwater Mexican museum

Art attracts fish in underwater Mexican museum

Tropical fish swim past a surprising new sight beneath turquoise waters off the Mexican Caribbean beach resort of Cancun, occasionally nibbling at the bodies of 400 life-sized sculptures.

Venezuela’s violence challenges Chavez in key polls

Venezuela’s violence challenges Chavez in key polls

Three years ago, Venezuelan Fabiana Dominguez’s 17-year-old son was shot dead in a botched robbery attempt.
Two days ago, a friend of her son was shot in the head in broad daylight, just days after her husband was mugged at gunpoint in a shopping center.

Mexican movie finds jokes in drug violence ‘hell’

Mexican movie finds jokes in drug violence ‘hell’

A Mexican returns from the United States to find his home town corrupted by drug traffickers in a movie drawing laughs in Mexico despite its brutal depiction of drug violence.

Killings, abductions spread fear through Mexican media

Killings, abductions spread fear through Mexican media

Despite suffering head wounds from being slammed with a wooden plank, cameraman Alejandro Hernandez counts himself lucky – he and three other media workers survived capture by a violent Mexican drug gang.

Unique coral reef spurs tourism battle in Gulf of California

Unique coral reef spurs tourism battle in Gulf of California

A 20,000-year-old coral reef, the only one in the Gulf of California, is at the center of a dispute over a huge tourist development which could draw thousands to a remote part of Mexico.

Internet spreads Mexico drug gang fears

Internet spreads Mexico drug gang fears

The Internet is playing a growing role in Mexico’s drug war, spreading both information and fear, at a time when many journalists have been scared into silence.

Curious whales give boost to Mexican fishermen

Curious whales give boost to Mexican fishermen

When the massive, barnacle-spotted head of a Pacific gray whale slid alongside Pachico Mayoral’s wooden boat, he nervously reached out to touch it.

Love but little money for Mexico’s female fighters

Love but little money for Mexico’s female fighters

Grandmothers, tiny children and rowdy couples are among the Friday night crowd screaming obscenities at the ring in the Mexico City arena, where two women leap forward and pull each other’s hair.

Haitian slums set to expand after quake

Haitian slums set to expand after quake

Skinning the occasional cat for food and still living on the street, many residents of the devastated Haitian capital are building new homes with strips of wood and rusty pieces of metal.

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