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Mexican Marines escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to a helicopter in Mexico City on Saturday.

El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status

One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexico's head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in an operation that Mexican officials say involved the cooperation of U.S. authorities.

Guzman has been on the run for years and his capture puts an end to one of the longest and most profitable careers in the drug world. That capture began as the sun rose up over the hotel-lined beaches of Mazatlan early Saturday morning.

Hero Or Dictator? Mugabe After 34 Years At Zimbabwe's Helm

UN Security Council Agrees On Syria Aid Resolution

A Coup Or A Revolution? The U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Explains

Ukrainian Parliament Gives Presidential Powers To Speaker

Maria von Trapp in 2008 at the age of 93. The daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp, points to her father on an old family picture. She died on Tuesday at her home in Vermont.

Last Of The 'Sound Of Music' Von Trapps Dies At 99

Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers, the Austrian family that inspired the 1965 film The Sound of Music., has died at 99 at her home in Vermont.

Von Trapp, whose family escaped Nazi Germany, died on Tuesday of natural causes, her brother, Johannes von Trapp, said, according to the New York Daily News.

A woman cries Sunday in front of a memorial to people killed in clashes with police in Independence Square, Kiev.

Head Of Ukrainian Parliament Assumes Presidential Power

This post was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's opponents are moving quickly to take government power, although no one is certain how permanent those moves will be.

The Ukrainian legislature has voted to give the president's powers temporarily to the parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchinov.

Turchinov is a close ally of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister and Yanukovych's arch-nemesis. She was released from prison Saturday and gave a rousing speech to the adoring protesters in Independence Square.

Linda Beckford (right) exercises as part of a walking group that tries to make their neighborhood a better place to live. If nothing else, the seniors feel more confident about going outside.

Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive A Brooklyn Neighborhood?

The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., is known for many things, among them huge public housing projects, extremely high poverty and crime. Last summer, a one-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed as he sat in a stroller in the neighborhood.

But that's one side of life in Brownsville. Down the street from that murder, on weekday mornings, is another side.

The ground outside Sao Paulo is cracked and dry. It was the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages and crop damage.

Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop

Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Global prices for coffee, in particular, have been affected.

Scientists in Brazil say the worst is yet to come — yet no one in the government, it seems, is listening.

On a recent day, farmer Juliano Jose Polidor walks through the desiccated remains of his cornfields.

What's happened to this crop, he says, is a total loss.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist after the National Assembly gave him wide-ranging powers to rule by decree for one year on Nov. 19, 2013. With the economy struggling, demonstrators have taken to the streets the streets.

As The Economy Struggles, Venezuelans Hit The Streets

Leopoldo López is a rock star to Venezuelans living in the United States. But in west Caracas he's the rich guy. And those contrasting images could affect the outcome of street protests playing out in Venezuela right now.

But first the obvious: This week's arrest of López, a top Venezuela opposition leader, is a reminder that President Nicolás Maduro's credibility is plummeting during the anti-government demonstrations that have swept his country since Feb. 12.

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