The world's most-wanted drug trafficker was made to face the press, again. It was the second re-capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Mexico, after escaping from a maximum security prison last year. Days before, a Mexican mayor took office only to be shot at her home the next day.
Bolivia welcomed Dakar Rally racers to their Uyuni Salt Flats, where a spectator was killed as a race car plowed over him.
Guatemala's former military officers were taken to court for alleged crimes against humanity committed during their nation's civil war. Meanwhile, Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion.
Venezuela's newly elected National Assembly, now dominated by the opposition, took their seats amid dueling street demonstrations and Brazilians once again protested bus fare hikes.
Ecuador held its "Diablada" festival, mixing pre-colonial with Catholic traditions and celebrating the clash of good and evil.
Cubans marked the anniversary of the original street party that greeted a triumphant Fidel Castro and his rebel army after toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.
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