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Cancun’s perfect tropical beach is its principal selling point. Made from the remains of long-dead corals, it famously stays cool even on the most scorching days. Yet the only reason the resort still has a beach is thanks to a $70 million project in 2010 to replenish it by dredging up more than 1 billion gallons of sand from the seabed. Read more»

The tangled trail of the Magnitsky Affair, a case that’s strained U.S.-Russian relations and blocked American adoptions of Russian orphans, snakes through an offshore haven in the Caribbean. Read more»

High-rise condos sprout up after a construction boom in Brazil's upper-middle-class neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca (shown in the distance beyond the Joatinga district) in Rio de Janeiro.

Latin America has long been a case study in the social ills brought by sharp economic inequality, its class-stratified societies marked by too few haves and too many have-nots. As the region’s middle class grows, poverty falls. But who deserves the praise? Read more»

A doctor examines a pregnant Mayan woman at her home in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Guatemala.

While violence presents a serious threat to human security, there is an equally pressing issue at hand that is rarely discussed: the health and well-being of Latin America's youth. Read more»

Bricks of cocaine labeled with a scorpion logo. The logo has been found on drugs linked to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Mexico's deadly Sinaloa drug cartel is pushing into the Dominican Republic, suggesting cartels see the Caribbean as a supplement to the Central America corridor — a shift U.S. officials have feared. Read more»

Beyond the warring gangs and struggle for drug-trafficking routes, here are five things about Mexico’s drug war that may surprise you. Read more»

Cricketers have become some of the highest paid athletes in the world.

Last week the cricket teams from New Zealand and Sri Lanka played the first ever international cricket game on American soil. It was minor history in the making, albeit a bit perplexing to some Americans who witnessed it. Read more»

The army patrols the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, after unrest triggered by the government's attempt to capture Christopher Coke, who faces extradition to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

With the United States and Mexico working to tighten their border, which is the preferred drug trafficking route, the Caribbean is “re-emerging as a corridor” for South American drugs to get to the U.S Read more» 1

Blue mountains in the northern suburbs of Kingston.

A Caribbean pirate named Moses is giving Jamaica an unexpected source of tourism dollars - Jews. Read more»