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Cuba Loosens Grip on Economy (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 1:28 PM

The Cuban government is relaxing its grip on the island's socialist economy, allowing the legal creation of private enterprise for the first time since the 1959 revolution.

In a bid to kickstart the sluggish economy and create jobs, the move is transforming the nation of 11 million people, as thousands...

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Brazil's Street Superhero

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Brazilian cartoonist Lacarmélio de Araújo wears a bright yellow suit and hits the streets of Belo Horizonte every morning to sell his own comic books.

He's become a well-known street personality in this Brazilian town, acting out the part of Celton, his superhero creation. Without special powers, Celton is...

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Spain's Most Decorated Paralympic Swimmer

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 2:44 PM

Xavi Torres was born without hands or feet, but that's never kept him from swimming in the open ocean off the coast of Mallorca, Spain.

"Strangely enough, I don't miss anything," says Torres, a Paralympic swimmer. "You can't miss something you've never had. I don't feel disabled."

At...

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Mexican Tiger Fighting for Rain God

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 6:24 PM

Once a year, Abad Macario Díaz puts on his padded jaguar mask and slings jabs and uppercuts in an impromptu outdoor fight club.

Hundreds of spectators pour in from his hometown of Acatlan, Mexico, to watch this age-old ritual, known as Tiger Fighting (a misnomer since they wear...

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Post-Election, Mexico's #YoSoy132 Movement Faces Uncertain Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 2:00 PM

The Mexican youth movement #YoSoy132 shook up the debate before the country's presidential elections in July. Now that the ballots have closed, #YoSoy132 is trying to find its footing in the nation's political scene.

Students like Santino Bucio, a #YoSoy132 spokesman, still organize nationwide marches, accusing President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto...

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Ancient Fire Hockey Makes Comeback in Mexico

(12) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 2:54 PM

An ancient sport where players hit flaming balls with sticks in the dark of night is making a comeback in Mexico.

After dusk, groups of kids run on a cement field with hockey sticks, chasing after a wooden ball set ablaze by gasoline in the town of Ohtenco, outside of...

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Mexico's Election Spotlights Online Media's Potential

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 4:34 PM

Mexican students that organized massive protests against the country's biggest broadcaster earlier this month may not have seen their favored candidate win, but they did spotlight how online media can seize the political agenda in a country with little media competition.

Using the Twitter hashtag #YoSoy132, these...

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