Brazil held its presidential election on Sunday, with incumbent President Dilma Rousseff heading to a runoff vote against center-right challenger Aecio Neves.
Families in Brazil's capital city who make a living as trash pickers worried how they'll survive once the open-air landfill closes, which the government plans to do later this year. Brasilia was also the site of a hostage situation, when an armed man took hostage a hotel employee who was held for hours before being safely released to police. In a Rio de Janeiro slum, a girl was protected by a woman during the shootout.
Mexico City hosted its own fashion week while the rest of the country was hit by student protests. National Polytechnical Institute students protested a new set of internal rules that downgraded their status as graduates. Students in the southern state capital of Chilpancingo demonstrated after a violent weekend left at least six people dead and dozens of students missing. Mexico's capital city also held its annual commemoration of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre where students and civilians were killed by the military and police just days before the opening of the Summer Olympics.
In Venezuela, a statue of Ismael, revered as a sort of Robin Hood, stood among the pantheon of Holy Thugs in a slum cemetery, a tribute to the man believed to have killed people while robbing banks and cargo trucks in the 1970s.
Supporters of Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide clashed with police on the anniversary of the 1991 military coup that ousted the man who was the country's first democratically elected leader.
A cutout of a policewoman stood on a Peruvian highway as a reminder to criminals that police patrol the area.
Police took back control of one of the most dangerous prisons in Panama, seizing firearms, knives, drugs, laptops and mobile phones.
Cuban youth protested the U.S. policy toward the island nation and demanded that the U.S. free three Cuban agents.
A woman waited in her handmade wooden cart as her horse drank from Cocibolca Lake in Nicaragua.
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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.