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BORDER DRONES

SIERRA VISTA, Arizona — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border. By Elliot Spagat and Brian Skoloff.

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MEXICO-VIOLENCE

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's president has tried to keep the issue of violence issue separate from his focus on the economy, but the two are converging as violent protests over 43 disappeared students squelch tourism in Acapulco just before a major holiday weekend. By Alberto Arce.

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UNITED STATES-CHINA-JAPAN

WASHINGTON — When the leaders of China and Japan met this week, posing for an awkward handshake and ending a high-level diplomatic freeze, it took some of the edge off tensions that have unnerved Washington. But former senior U.S. officials doubt the highly anticipated meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heralds a fundamental improvement in relations. By Matthew Pennington.

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CONGRESS-KEYSTONE

WASHINGTON — Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas got new life after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of winning the last unresolved Senate race from the midterm elections. By Donna Cassata.

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MIDTERM-BLACK VOTERS

ATLANTA — Some black political leaders think Democratic candidates who themselves from President Barack Obama sapped the enthusiasm of African-Americans in states where they anchor the party's base.

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RELIGION IN LATIN AMERCA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches, while many others have dropped organized religion altogether in a major shift in the region's religious identity, according to a survey. By Jenny Barchfield.

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ARGENTINA-FOLK SAINTS-PHOTO GALLERY

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — There's no sanction from the church, yet folk saints are flourishing in Argentina, the homeland of Pope Francis. Experts say the phenomenon surged after the 2001 financial crisis that caused poverty to soar. By Debora Rey. With photo gallery by Natacha Pisarenko.

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VENEZUELA-JUDGE

CARACAS, Venezuela — A Venezuelan judge whose arrest has sparked international condemnation has her day in court postponed yet again. By Hannah Dreier.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

CHINA STOCK CONTROVERSY

WASHINGTON — U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley helped a Chinese company, Tianhe Chemicals, sell $654 million in stock in a June public offering. But The Associated Press identified significant discrepancies in publicly accessible financial records and statements Tianhe made to investors. By Jeff Horwitz.

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ARTS:

FALL ART AUCTIONS

NEW YORK — Extremely rare portraits by Andy Warhol of Hollywood superstars Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando were among the highlights at a record-breaking auction of postwar and contemporary art. By Ula Ilnytzky.

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MEXICO-PRE-HISPANIC AUCTION

NEW YORK — The London-based Bonhams auction house sells off a collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts over the objections of the Mexican government, which says at least half the pieces are fake and the rest rightly belong to it as national heritage. By Claudia Torrens.