The ferry Caribbean Fantasy caught fire off the north coast of Puerto Rico last week, forcing more than 500 passengers and crew to evacuate without any deaths or serious injuries, though more than two dozen people were hospitalized.
Elsewhere in the region, Brazil's suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, made a last-ditch effort to avoid impeachment by telling lawmakers she would let voters decide if they want an early presidential election if she is first restored to power. Her plea came as the Senate heads for a vote Thursday on removing her permanently over charges her administration violated fiscal rules to hide a gaping budget deficit.
The month of August is a time of celebration in Bolivia. Aymara spiritual leaders carried out ancient Andean rituals on sacred patches of earth honoring Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Meanwhile, thousands took part in the annual Roman Catholic procession celebrating the Virgin of Urkupina, the largest religious festival in Bolivia.
The robbery that was or wasn't became the biggest spectacle for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian police said swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. teammates were not robbed as they he had reported. Authorities said that after a night of partying, the intoxicated athletes vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed guards before they paid for the damage and left.
With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil's biggest soccer star, Neymar, gave the Olympic host nation its biggest moment of the games, winning its first Olympic gold medal in soccer with his dramatic penalty kick to defeat Germany.
This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.
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