As South America's leaders met for a Mercosur summit in Venezuela, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued a whirlwind tour of the region this past week, hot on the heels of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Farther north, in Guatemala, clowns held another summit of sorts, the sixth annual Latin American Clown Congress. Port-au-Prince celebrated its carnival of flowers, a three-day celebration that Haitian President Michel Martelly has revived from the Duvalier dictatorship era.

For the second time in 13 years, Argentina defaulted on its foreign debt obligations, opting not to pay off hedge fund holdouts as ordered by a U.S. judge. Negotiations ran almost to the payment deadline but failed to find a resolution to the standoff.

Migrants from Honduras took shelter from the cold and rain in an abandoned shack near a railroad near Mexico City. Ixil Mayas in a northern mountain village buried family members, victims of the Guatemalan civil war in the 1980s.

Paraguay's Nacional team made it to the finals of the Copa Libertadores soccer championship by defeating Defensor Sporting of Uruguay. In Mexico, Atletico Madrid played the Mexican squad America in a friendly match.


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This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.