<p>Released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (second from right), walks with Israeli Defense Minster Ehud Barak (left), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left) and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, at the Tel Nof Air base in southern Israel on Tuesday. Shalit was freed after more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.</p>
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Palestinian prisoners cross from Egypt into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after they were released from Israeli jails in a landmark prisoner swap.
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Shalit's parents, Aviva (center) and Noam (right) Shalit, prepare to board a helicopter in their home of Mitzpe Hila to reunite with their son.
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People in Mitzpe Hila watch the first televised images of the 25-year-old Shalit, who doctors said shows signs of malnutrition, following his release.
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A Palestinian prisoner is held aloft in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He was one of 477 freed Tuesday, with 550 more to be freed in several months.
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Supporters of Shalit celebrate in Mitzpe Hila. The Israeli tank crewman was captured in 2006 during a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants.
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A convoy of Israeli Prison Service buses arrives at Israel's Ofer prison in the early morning hours to transport Palestinians prisoners.
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A Palestinian prisoner hugs relatives after arriving in Mukata following her release in Ramallah. A total of 27 women were set free Tuesday.
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Released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, (second right), walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, (second left), Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, on Tuesday. Schalit returned home from more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.
In a dramatic day that took him from captivity in the Gaza Strip to his home village in northern Israel, soldier Gilad Shalit was freed Tuesday after more than five years as a prisoner of Palestinian militants.
His release was cause for celebration in Israel, and nowhere more so than in Mitzpe Hila, where he was welcomed by several hundred neighbors and close friends who had long pressed for his release.
When the race cars began to collide Sunday on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dr. Terry Trammell immediately muted his television. He watched in silence to focus on the signs of injury based on car positions and how the safety crew was responding. When he saw the helicopter arrive, he knew that someone was severely injured. Dan Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was pronounced dead two hours later.
<p>Mexico has launched a publicity blitz to attract more tourists. The vast majority of tourists travel to just one of a half-dozen destinations in Mexico — including Cancun, shown here last year — far from the drug violence.</p>
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<p>The number of people visiting Mexico — and staying at least one night in places such as Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California state (shown here) — has rebounded this year and is almost at a record level, according to the government. </p>
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<p>A federal policeman in Mexico patrols the outskirts of Acapulco, Guerrero state, earlier this month. Acapulco has seen a sharp drop in tourism as criminals battle for control of the city. </p>
Yes, the drug war has created an image problem. But Mexico has launched an aggressive publicity blitz to try to attract more tourists, and it seems to be succeeding.
Even President Felipe Calderon is involved in the full court press to tout the wonders, delicacies and marvels of Mexico to potential visitors.
On the PBS program The Royal Tour of Mexico, Calderon serves as the on-camera guide for TV host Peter Greenberg. The president leads a zip-line tour across a rain forest, rappels into a cave, climbs Mayan ruins and snorkels along a coral reef.
Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 7:09 pm
As Republican presidential candidates gird for their eighth debate, this one in Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday evening, a central question is: how will the Herman Cain phenomenon shape the event?
With the one-time pizza company CEO near or at the top of the GOP field depending on which poll you consult, he's likely to draw more attention from the other candidates at the debate than was true in any of their previous meetings. The two-hour debate will be carried by CNN at 8 pm ET.