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Michelle Bachelet

For a region famous for “machismo,” Latin America is about to take an unlikely step: elect a record number of women presidents. Read more» 2

Conga mine protest in Cajamarca, Peru, March 2012

A quarter century after the shooting of Brazilian rubber-tapper and Amazon conservationist Chico Mendes sparked international outrage, it’s still almost routine for environmentalists across Latin America to pay for their activism with their lives. Read more»

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico in the Oval Office, Nov. 27, 2012.

Analysis: Obama and Mexico's Peña Nieto will play up the positives this week in Mexico. But what about the countries' glaring drug war failures? Read more»

As America observes four decades of the right to safe and legal abortion, access to this fundamental right remains elusive for most Latin American women. Yet, recent achievements lead me to believe we will see more successes in the region during 2013. Read more»

The growing backlash against the U.S.-led drug war, including bold new talk of drug decriminalization from some Latin American countries, will likely be chatter at this weekend's Summit of the Americas. Read more»

About 85 percent of those who died of influenza so far this year in Mexico had not been vaccinated against the flu.

A total of 166 people have died in Mexico so far this year from swine flu, with a 23 percent increase in deaths in one week alone, according to health authorities. Read more»

Guatemalan President Otto Perez speaks during a press conference on Feb. 13.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez has invigorated the drug legalization debate in Central America, where leaders are under pressure to contain staggering crime rates and battle violent drug cartels. Read more» 2

'Drugs will kill you' - a sign in a Costa Rican village, 2009.

Peaceful, laid-back, green-minded Costa Rica has long been an oasis in an otherwise-tough neighborhood — the “Switzerland of Central America." But with Mexican drug cartels competing to secure new trafficking routes to smuggle cocaine to the U.S., the murder rate in Central America is soaring, and UN data shows it's now the world's most violent region. Read more» 2

Jesus Sosa Mancia, a chronic kidney disease patient in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador, during a home visit by a medical team from the national health ministry.

Chronic kidney disease stands at the heart of a lethal mystery — and legacy of neglect by industry and governments, including the United States, which have resisted pleas for aggressive action to spotlight the malady and find a remedy. Read more» 2

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis signs an agreement to protect migrant workers’ rights as Costa Rican Ambassador Muni Figueres looks on during a ceremony Monday at the Labor Department in Washington.

Migrant laborers in this country will be able to get information on workers compensation, wage-and-hour laws and other U.S. labor protections “no matter how you got here,” under an agreement signed Monday. (with video) Read more» 3