Voters in Argentina, Guatemala and Haiti trooped to the polls at the end of the week to make their choices in heated contests for presidents.
In Guatemala, a TV comic easily defeated a former first lady for the highest office in a nation with widespread anger over corruption.
Argentine voters appeared to have sent the ruling party candidate who promised to continue the policies of President Cristina Fernandez into a runoff next month with an opposition leader who argued the South American nation needs an overhaul.
Haitians had more than 50 candidates to choose from in their election and no results were expected until next month.
Hurricane Patricia roared onto Mexico's Pacific coast as a Category 5 terror only slightly weakened from its peak strength out at sea, when its sustained winds were clocked at 200 mph (320 kph). Yet the most powerful hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere caused no deaths and far less destruction than expected.
Elsewhere in Mexico, a mob in the small town of Ajalpan fatally beat two pollsters who were conducting a survey and burned their bodies.
In a lighter note, zombie fans paraded in the streets of Mexico City for an event whose organizers asked participants to bring non-perishable food to donate to the humanitarian group Food for All of Mexico.
Hundreds of indigenous people from across Brazil and delegations from as far away as Mongolia and the Philippines arrived in Palmas, Brazil, for the World Indigenous Games.
The Miss Gay Venezuela beauty pageant in Caracas went into full swing with contestants from all around the country.
In sports, Argentina's River Plate defeated Brazil's Chapecoense during a Copa Sudamericana soccer game in Buenos Aires. Golf fans got a chance to see Tiger Woods during a promotional golf clinic as part of the Bridgestone America's Golf Cup in Mexico City.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
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