Brazil and the world bid farewell to the first Olympic Games in South America with one final party last week that also signaled the transition to the 2020 Games in Japan. The 16-day spectacle in Rio de Janeiro combined numerous highlight reel moments with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed the competition. Thousands of fans braved strong winds and rains to watch the closing ceremony in iconic Maracana Stadium.
Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a deal for ending a half-century of hostilities, one of the world's longest-running armed conflicts. The accord worked out by the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia during four years of talks in Havana must be ratified by voters in an Oct. 2 plebiscite in order to take effect.
In Bolivia, striking miners kidnapped and beat to death Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes in a spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices. The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies, who promise to put more cash in their pockets.
Couples from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Japan, Italy and Russia participated in the qualifying rounds of the World Tango Championship in a display of hugs, steps and cadences to measure their talent. The show held annually in Buenos Aires, Argentina, showcases emerging artists, highlights historical references and draws a multitude of dance fans.
This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Moises Castillo in Mexico City.
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