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In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 photo, the shadow of an armed man, who belongs to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan, (CAM), is cast on a wall at a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group at the entrance of Antunez, Mexico. Vigilantes in violent Michoacan state insist they won\'t lay down their guns until top leaders of a powerful drug cartel are arrested, defying government orders as federal forces try to regain control in a lawless region plagued by armed groups. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)


Vigilantes in the Mexican state of Michoacan insisted they wouldn't lay down their guns last week. Authorities fear the "self-defense" groups could turn into the very sort of organized crime forces they're fighting, but citizens who have been kidnapped, beaten and had land taken over by the Knight Templar drug cartel praised the vigilantes for providing security. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a woman balancing on her head on her paddle board beside her dog brought second takes. They're training to compete as a canine-human team at a stand-up paddle surfing event. In Mexico City, people paid their last respects to the longtime head of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman, who promoted renowned fighters and introduced rules to protect boxers. And in South America, cars, trucks and motorcycles finished their two-week race across the continent's Southern Cone, bringing the Dakar Rally to an end.


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