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Obama urges Mexico to take ‘its rightful place in the world’

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — President Obama on Friday cast Mexico as a nation ready to take ‘‘its rightful place in the world’’ and move past the drug battles and violence that have defined its relationship with the United States. He then headed to Costa Rica to prod Central American leaders to tackle those same issues more aggressively.

Obama’s three-day visit to Mexico and Costa Rica is his first to Latin America since winning a second presidential term in an election in which he gained the support of Hispanic Americans by a large margin. His trip is being followed with great interest by Hispanics in the United States as well as in Mexico, Central America, and farther to the south.

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