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America's challenges: North America 2013.


Since taking over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, President Raul Castro has begun limited reforms that include allowing Cubans to start their own businesses and, beginning in 2013, travel without an exit visa. Will the United States lift the trade embargo it imposed on Cuba after the Communist revolution five decades ago?


Three years after a devastating earthquake killed 250,000 people and left 1 million homeless, Haiti is still struggling to recover. An ongoing cholera epidemic, believed to have been accidentally started by United Nations relief workers, has now claimed more than 7,500 lives since it began in late 2010.


Drug violence has claimed the lives of more than 47,000 Mexicans in the past six years, as the government battles powerful drug cartels (above, a drug arrest in Mexico City). Mexico's new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has vowed to end the bloodshed. With illegal immigration a major issue in the U.S., there is also pressure to tighten security along the 2,000-mile border between the nations.


Most scientists believe that melting ice sheets in the Arctic regions of northern Canada are the result of global warming. How to respond to climate change has been a topic of considerable debate in the U.S.


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Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Jan 7, 2013
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