Thousands of protesters marched along Acapulco's famed coastal boulevard Friday demanding the safe return of 43 missing students from a rural teachers college in Guerrero state, while in Mexico City handcuffed municipal police officers suspected of involvement in their disappearance were marched past media to armored cars.
Earlier in the week, fury erupted in Chilpancingo, Guerrero as students and teachers smashed windows and set fires inside the state capital building, calling for the 43 students to be returned alive. The government is combing the hills of the state's south with horseback patrols and has divers looking in lakes for the youths, who disappeared after a confrontation with police Sept. 26 in the city of Iguala.
In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff and Aecio Neves, her challenger in a tight election contest, engaged in a bare-knuckle debate that saw the pair trade accusations of corruption and fiercely argue over who could rekindle Brazil's economy. The debate was the first in the runoff round that culminates Oct. 26 when upward of 140 million Brazilians are expected to go to the polls and decide who'll be the next leader of the globe's fifth most populous nation and Latin America's biggest economy.
AP photographer Ramon Espinosa went into the heart of old Havana, to a workshop cluttered with tools and pieces of old string instruments, where Andres Martinez and his two apprentices carved strips of imported wood and silently measured the angles of violin pegs and viola necks bent out of tune by years of use. They are waging a daily battle against one of Cuba's lesser-known economic problems: It is running low on musical instruments.
And AP photographer Marcos Ugarte gives us a glimpse of Mexico's charro horse tradition and where the horses go when they reach retirement age. Horses have been part of the story of the New World since their arrival aboard Spanish ships in the 1500s. In Mexico, there is perhaps no better representative of the country's combined cultures and history than the horse trained for "charreria," the Mexican version of a rodeo.
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This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.