The U.S. military has had a presence on the island of Okinawa since 1945. Long after the end of World War II, the small island has continued to be a strategic position for the United States and its allies, and a dispute has raged for more than 20 years over the Futenma base in Ginowan city. (Tiffany Tompkins-Condie, Adam Ashton and Natalie Fertig)
As part of China's pledge to double trade with Latin America by 2020, Chinese company Chinalco expanded its mining operation high in the Central Andes near the town of Morococha. This expansion forced Chinalco to build a new town and relocate its residents.
No transcontinental railway exists to connect the Amazon jungle to the Andes Mountains. China wants to change that. Earlier this year, it pledged to spend $10 billion for construction of such a railway from Brazil to Peru, which would cheapen the cost of sending Brazilian soybeans and iron ore to the Far East.
The U.S. government, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama and spokespeople for the State Department, has been saying that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's "days are numbered" since 2011. As many journalists have pointed out in State Department briefings, it's become a very long number. video by Natalie Fertig
Nicaragua's Rama Indians have been dealing with ranchers encroaching on their legally protected territory for years. But a new threat, a canal, could push them off their land once and for all. (Brittany Peterson/McClatchy)
Residents of Puerto Principe fear not only expropriation but also the prospect that a man-made lake for the Nicaragua canal will leave some of their township underwater. However, a town leader has voiced enthusiasm at the potential compensation for properties. (Brittany Peterson/McClatchy)
La Union, a ranch town in Nicaragua, lies on the path of the proposed canal. Anti-canal sentiment is spreading among residents, along with the news of imminent relocation, should the canal be built. (Brittany Peterson/McClatchy)