The two frontrunners in the Mexican presidential campaign now talk of reforming the state oil monopoly, Pemex. It's a sign of Mexico's hopeful future, despite the drug wars.
Druids, led by Arthur Pendragon, leave Stonehenge near Amesbury, England, after taking part in the winter solstice on Dec. 22. Built between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is one of the world's most recognizable sites.
Hurricane Richard did no major damage to Belize as it weakened into a tropical storm. It is moving into southeastern Mexico.
Hurricane Karl has ramped up to a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 m.p.h., and is bearing down on Vera Cruz, Mexico. Mexican authorities are evacuating oil platforms in the Gulf and residents are preparing for Hurricane Karl's arrival.
Drug lords like La Barbie threaten Mexico's security with American-bought firearms, and finance their violent empires with American drug money.
A stray bullet hit El Paso, Texas, from the Mexican side of the border Saturday. It was the latest spillover of a war on drug barons waged by President Felipe Calderón. After nearly four years, the war needs more than a military solution.
With some 1,200 offshore oil rigs operating today, oil spills are still relatively rare. But experts warn that safety procedures and cleanup methods have not kept pace with drilling at ever-deeper depths.
The cabinet shakeup could signal a hardening of the government's military stand against organized crime.
As its peers in the region see their oil production slipping Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras is entering a new era as the region's silent giant.