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In Mexico City today, Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto want to talk about trade and a booming economy, but the murderous drug wars are still raging. Will the public conversation be different from what happens behind closed doors? Also, North Korea sentences an American to fifteen years hard labor, and an airplane that runs on solar power.

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Making News North Korea Sentences American to 15 Years Hard Labor 7 MIN, 45 SEC

North Korea has sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor. Should the US allow Kenneth Bae to languish in prison or send an envoy to negotiate his release? Patrick Cronin is senior analyst with the Center for a New American Security.

Patrick Cronin, Center for a New American Security (@PMCroninCNAS)

Main Topic Mexico: the Partnership and the Problems 35 MIN, 47 SEC

Mexico's new President wants to shift attention away from severed heads, mass graves and bodies hanging from bridges to a growing economy. So does President Obama on today's visit to the "Aztec Tiger," which is booming enough to attract foreign investors after years of paralysis. But the drug wars are not over. Four thousand people have died since Enrique Peña Nieto took office, and now vigilantes are taking the law into their own hands. Will stepped-up US enforcement aid still be welcome? Will security be the elephant in the room?


Ioan Grillo, Time Magazine (@ioangrillo)
Shannon O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations (@shannonkoneil)
Carlos Heredia, Wilson Center (@wilson_center)
Nik Steinberg, Human Rights Watch (@niksteinberg)
Rafael Fernandéz de Castro, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (@MaxwellSU)

Two Nations Indivisible

Shannon K. O'Neil

Reporter's Notebook Solar Plane to Fly around the Country on Zero Fuel 7 MIN, 38 SEC

On the last leg of an around-the-world journey in a hot air balloon, Bertrand Piccard almost ran out of propane on the desert of Egypt. He had barely enough to finish his trip in Switzerland. So he decided to circumnavigate the Earth with no fuel at all. A plane called Solar Impulse is ready for its most ambitious flight yet, across the country, powered by photovoltaic cells. Ucilia Wang, who covers clean tech for Forbes, GigaOm and Renewable Energy World, says the plane sits in a hangar at Moffett Field, south of San Francisco near San Jose.

Ucilia Wang, Forbes, GigaOm and Renewable Energy World (@UciliaWang)

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