A resident of Cheran, Michoacan, Mexico holds a gun as he guards his village from drug cartel violence. | Americas Now/CGTN

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.

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Costa Rica is well-known for its pristine nature, abundant waterways and commitment to clean energy. But the country has recently taken its environmental initiative one step further. It has broken records for going the longest stretch of time using energy only from renewable power sources. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports on the progress this pioneering nation is making to be a global model for sustainability.

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