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Juan Manuel Santos (left) with Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama announced he will ask Congress for $450 million to assist Colombia's transition from civil conflict to peace, but will it help avert the impending shakeup of criminal underworld and curb explosive growth in the drug trade? 

Pictures of the 43 missing students

The German arms company Heckler & Koch is accused of illegally shipping G36 firearms to Mexico. Those rifles, once considered elite, were used by the Iguala police the night the 43 students disappeared. Six former H&K employees are facing charges. More important, stronger export rules for small firearms may be coming to Germany.

Less than 1% of crimes are punished in Mexico

Less than one percent of crimes are punished in Mexico, according to a new study that highlights the grave structural and institutional weaknesses that have allowed organized crime to flourish in the country.

A man consuming "paco" in Argentina

A recent report on Argentina's drug market highlights rising violence, addiction, and perceptions of insecurity in areas of the country affected by drug trafficking, while also illustrating some important regional differences in terms of how these activities are affecting local communities.

In a presentation before Congress, Venezuela's Attorney General said that Venezuela registered almost 18,000 homicides last year. While some have disputed this number, the frank discussion of challenges facing the country may mark a shift in tone regarding how the government treats its crime and violence problem.