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19 Dec 2010 14:59 GMT | Business & Economy, Arts & Culture, Latin America, Mexico
Professional killers hired by Mexican drug cartels kidnap, murder and torture rivals, with some hitmen as young as 12 years old.
In this Al Jazeera special, Mariana Sanchez interviews one of the contract hitmen who says he has even killed friends and family members for "disrespecting his boss".
Al Jazeera warns that some viewers may find the content in the interview disturbing.
Source: Al Jazeera
Main roads into the western city of Morelia are blocked by armed men and torched vehicles.
Latin America, Mexico
Official says wanted La Familia cartel chief has been shot dead following clashes with security forces.
Politics, Business & Economy
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Many of the estimated 100,000 Armenians in Syria sided with President Assad, and are often targeted as a result.
War & Conflict, Europe, Refugees
Villagers struggle to cope as world's largest freshwater lake drops to its lowest level in 60 years.
Environment, Europe, Russia
Global civic science movement equips communities with cheap tools to fight back against environmental polluters.
Environment, Science & Technology, US & Canada
Volunteers on the Mediterranean island are helping integrate young arrivals and keep them away from human traffickers.
Migrants, Africa, Middle East
Italian authorities arrest captain and crew member, with as many as 900 feared dead after boat capsized.
Humanitarian crises, Europe, Libya, Italy
Prosecutor rejects accusations that President Kirchner helped shield Iranian officials allegedly behind a 1994 bombing.
General Asad Durrani, the former head of the ISI, Pakistan's notorious spy agency, on its role in the "War on Terror".
Politics, War & Conflict, Asia
101 East investigates the multi-billion-dollar trade in counterfeit medicines, which is creating a global health crisis.
Health, Thailand, Asia Pacific
Marco Polo's travels retraced - from the Pamir Mountains along the Silk Road to Xanadu and the kingdom of women.
Arts & Culture, Business & Economy, China
We explore the hip side of Congo-Brazzaville with a style icon, a rap artist, a wrestler, and a radio talk show host.
Arts & Culture, Congo, France