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Chile - Saving a Language. A 25-year-old Chilean musician is trying to keep the culture of a tribe alive by saving its language. His name is Keyuk and his mission is to use the ancient words to unite descendants. Linguists estimate there are some 7,000 different languages still spoken in the world today. But a recent study indicates half of those languages could disappear by the end of the century. Portugal - Cavaquinho. It may look like a ukulele, but this stringed instrument is called a cavaquinho. Sometimes referred to as a "cava," it is key to composing Samba and Pagode music in Brazil. Many assume the miniature guitar also hails from Brazil but that is not the case. Correspondent Gerry Hadden travels to Lisbon, Portugal for "Americas Now" to explore the origins of the cavaquinho.

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Haitians In Limbo & Enrique Chiu

Costa Rica - Haitians in Limbo

At the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, thousands of Haitians have been arriving, dead tired, but full of hope. They have come from Brazil, a place they fled two years ago in search of a better future. But the crisis in Brazil has them fleeing once again. After trekking more than 5,000 kilometers, their journey has come to an abrupt halt. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports about this refugee camp in Costa Rica.

Game Changer - Enrique Chiu

Colombia's Homeless City & Portuguese Homecoming

Colombia - Homeless City

When Bogota's new mayor Enrique Penalosa took office in early 2016, he vowed to take down crime in the Colombian capital. One of his first offensives was a raid into the "Bronx." It is the city's most dangerous slum, plagued by drugs, weapons and savage violence. The raid ended with the evacuation of cartels and criminal gangs but it also uncovered a complex reality: thousands of people were living in the Bronx, without a home. Correspondent Michelle Begue has more on Colombia's Homeless City.

Portugal - Portuguese Homecoming

Mexico's Crime-Free Town

Mexico - Crime-free town

Mexico's war on drugs has proven long and brutal. The central state of Michoacan has been hit especially hard, with rival cartels fighting each other for territory and against onslaughts by the Mexican Army. The violence has led to lawlessness and a spike in illegal logging. One small town, Cheran, took on all the bad guys and drove them out. Five years later the Purepecha Indian village is still effectively governing itself. Peace reigns in Cheran but villagers say they can never lower their guard.

Costa Rica - Renewable energy

Venezuela's Hyperinflation & Galician Homecoming

Venezuela - Hyperinflation

Fleeing Guatemala & Gina Badenoch

Guatemala - Fleeing Guatemala

They are young Central American migrants who leave their homes without parental permission, to make a perilous trek to the United States. Most are trying to escape poverty and search for better economic opportunities. Amnesty International has called the journey one of the world's most dangerous. And many of these minors don't even reach their final destination. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck speaks to migrants from Guatemala who were caught by authorities in Mexico and returned home.

Game Changer Mexico - Gina Badenoch (video above)

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