Americas
  • Adherents of a religious sect in western Mexico are physically blocking school teachers from entering their walled community, setting up one of the most high-profile confrontations between religious and civil authorities in Mexico since the 1930s.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT
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  • In this April 27, 2012 file photo, supporters of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez gather for a rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina. President Cristina Fernandez's legislative powerbrokers are proposing radical changes to the country's electoral laws that would allow both foreigners and 16-year-olds vote to determine who should run the country.

    Argentina is rethinking what it means to be a citizen, proposing radical changes that would have both foreigners and 16-year-olds vote to determine who should run the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT
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  • This undated photo provided by Mabel Andrade, the wife of former police officer Aliaksandr Barankov, from Belarus, shows Barankov in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus. Barankov, 30, faces an Ecuadorean judge's ruling as early as Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, on an extradition request from Belarus, where prosecutors accuse him of fraud and extortion.

    Less than a year ago, an Ecuadorean judge denied a request to extradite Aliaksandr Barankov to Belarus, the former Soviet bloc nation whose president has been nicknamed "Europe's last dictator."

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT
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  • In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2009 from the air, a figure known as "the spider" is seen, centre left in the zone known as the Nazca lines in the coastal Nazca Desert where, centuries ago, indigenous groups etched mysterious figures in the sand that today are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A small plane carrying tourists crashed Thursday Feb. 25, 2010 near the famed ancient geoglyphs killing all seven people on board.

    Squatters have started raising pigs on the site of Peru's Nazca lines - the giant designs best seen from an airplane that were mysteriously etched into the desert more than 1,500 years ago.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT
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