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A haze over the Los Angeles skyline. Agreements between California and Mexico aim to reduce carbon emissions while preserving forests and protecting indigenous people.

Four years after state officials from California and Chiapas signed a deal that would let California businesses exceed pollution limits by paying to protect rain forests abroad, the proposal has stalled. But advocates now see hope for gains in Chiapas and elsewhere in Mexico. Read more»

The sign at the gate to Caracol Morelia depicts the Zapatista lifestyle – production and agriculture, health and education. Visitors to the caracoles, the independent Zapatista communities, need to be approved by the Council of Good Governance before entry. (Cronkite News Service photo by Connor Radnovich)

Two decades after the Zapatista uprising, the movement continues almost almost unnoticed in Chiapas. It endures quietly, operating small autonomous governments and schools here, and thriving as an iconic symbol for left-leaning activists throughout the world. Read more»

Dona Mercedes, a traditional midwife, checks on Maria Lopez Mendoza, then six months pregnant, shortly before she declared Lopez’s baby 'una nina' – a girl.

Private groups and the Mexican government agree that the staggeringly high rate of maternal deaths during childbirth in Chiapas has to come down - but they disagree on how to do it. That's resulted in a blending of traditional and modern methods in the poor, rural state. Read more»

Lesvia Entzin Gomez, a Chiapas mother of three, was blinded when her husband, drunken and enraged, shot her in the face with a shotgun in July 2013. She described the attack to reporters in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico.

About 30 percent of women in the Mexican state of Chiapas are domestic violence victims - and that's the best rate for all of Mexico. After some gains, women in Chiapas have seen progress toward the rights, and safety, level off but they have not given up the fight. Read more»

Teacher Octavio Santis with his fifth-grade girls basketball team at the Benito Juarez School. Some girls take to the court in traditional Tzotzil garb at the bilingual school, where Tzotzil and Spanish are spoken.

Soccer may be Mexico's national sport, but basketball is king in Chiapas. Courts dotting the southern state are community gathering places and the game is a part of life for the Mayan tribes that live here. It also helps bridge the divide between indigenous people and the government. Read more»

Houses and sidewalks are beginning to be overtaken by weeds in the Sustainable Rural City of Santiago el Pinar in Chiapas, Mexico.

Santiago el Pinar was planned as one of four model cities to help the Mexican state of Chiapas’ rural poor find better lives with access to modern conveniences, better schools, health care and employment. But just three years later this city is a virtual ghost town. Read more»

Mariano Perez Cura sews shut a sack of processed organic coffee harvested from small farms in Chiapas, Mexico. The coffee will be exported to the U.S., Europe or Japan.

More organic coffee is grown in Chiapas, a southern Mexico state, perhaps than anywhere else in the world. But an industry that provides a living to many small farmers in the region is suffering from the spread of rust fungus, which interferes with coffee bean growth. Read more»

Moises de la Cruz shows ears of corn grown on his 7-acre plot of mountainous land 120 miles north of the Mexico-Guatemala border. De la Cruz's family has been farming the land for generations, but in recent years costly requirements related to the North American Free Trade Agreement have made farming much more difficult.

When the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, removing all trade barriers between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, small farms in Mexico were forced into direct competition with big American agribusiness and the cheap corn produced in the U.S. Read more»

Two workers cut grass on Virgil Edwards' land near San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The land is part of a 25-acre plot that was taken over by a militant indigenous group in October 2012.

After a militant indigenous group invaded his land, Virgil Edwards chose to rebuild the 25 acres that his American parents bought 50 years ago in the Mexican state of Chiapas. As one of the last large plots of open space in the city surrounding it, the land is worth millions. Read more»

A 26-year-old man from Chiapas, Mexico, was sentenced Monday in a Tucson federal court to five years in prison for human smuggling. Read more»

Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed a bill into law last week that would protect migrants from corrupt officials, which some activists praise, but say doesn't go far enough.

Mexico's drug gangs have become increasingly involved in the human trafficking business while the nation's prisons and police are under increased pressure from the crime wave. Amid these conditions, the migrant issue has come to a boil in Mexico. Read more»

A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 24 hours. Read more»