The presidents of Russia and China made separate trips to Latin America, although Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping crossed paths this past week in Brazil, where they smiled and posed with their Latin American counterparts.
Mexico struggled with a continuing flood of northbound child migrants. The Central American migrants pay smugglers to help them pass the country's porous southern border on their way to the United States, floating across the Suchiate river on rafts made of truck inner tubes and boards lashed together.
In Mexico's western city of Zamora, a home that long had been a haven for poor children was raided by police and soldiers, who found deplorable conditions. But many of Mexico's elites came to the defense of the group home's director, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, a 79-year-old woman known as "Mama Rosa."
Aymara Indians in Bolivia danced in a cultural festival, the women wearing colorful skirts with layers of petticoats. Haitian voodoo practitioners bathed in a rushing waterfall believed to have purifying powers.
After Argentina fell to Germany in the World Cup final, police officers had to hold back the team's faithful fans as the players returned to a hero's welcome in Buenos Aires.
And now that Brazil is winding down after the World Cup, Rio de Janeiro is already looking forward to the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.