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headline description Brazil:
What does it mean to be black?

There are no easy answers in Brazil

headline description Canada:
Sleeping with an elephant

Canada endures the twitches and snorts

headline description Mexico:
Do bigger fences make better neighbors?

Mexico peers wearily, knows the U.S. well

headline description Venezuela:
Drinking in Obama

On coffee, Chavez and naivete

headline description Bolivia:
The Obama-Morales connection

It might only be skin deep

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