Colombia's decades-long conflict moved closer to an end last week as President Juan Manuel Santos and the commander of the country's Revolutionary Armed Forces shook hands to celebrate a disarmament agreement.
Cuban President Raul Castro cheered on Santos and rebel chieftain Rodrigo Londono as they marked the accords in Havana. People in Colombia took to the streets to celebrate a deal that moved their country closer to ending a 52-year war that has killed more than 220,000 people.
In Mexico, teachers in the southern state of Oaxaca battled riot police during a highway blockade protesting plans to overhaul a national education system that includes federally mandated teacher evaluations. Several people were killed when police opened fire. Dozens more were injured.
Smog smothered the Chilean capital of Santiago with a blanket of toxic pollutants. Authorities blamed the rise on smoke emanating from barbecues fired up by people celebrating their national soccer team's Copa America Centenario triumph over Mexico. Later during the week, Chilean students marched and clashed with police during a march to demand free access to school for all ages through university level.
Gay pride parades were held across the region, including in Mexico City where tens of thousands of participants crowded the capital's premier boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma.
The convoluted electoral process in Haiti continued to spark conflict among political parties and the interim government.
Panama's interoceanic canal made final preparations for Sunday's opening of new set of locks that will allow bigger ships to sail through.
Religious leaders in Bolivia performed a New Year's ritual in the ruins of the ancient city of Tiwanaku. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrated the year 5524 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marked the start of a new agricultural cycle.
This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
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