For many, golf is symbolic of the vast challenges faced by host cities, from environmental concerns around construction to whether long-term benefits will reach beyond the elite.
Equality in representation between men and women in the Games has come a long way, for some countries more than others.
Like Brazil at large, Rio's finances and politics are in bad shape. But if there is one thing Brazilians know how to do it is welcome the world with pizzaz and enthusiasm.
Brazil issued 12 arrest warrants Thursday for people they believe have had contact with Islamic State. It's getting advice on how to prevent attacks from countries with more experience in dealing with terrorism.
More than 100,000 Venezuelans crossed into Colombia to purchase food and medicine over the weekend.
Ronald Wooden, an American citizen, won a court order for a criminal investigation into a beating he says he received from police in Mexico's southern city of Taxco.
The ruling Workers' Party said educational access would be the 'priority of priorities.' But deep recession has put significant gains in peril, and students are mobilizing to push back.
While the international community celebrates the impending end to 52 years of conflict between the government and FARC rebels, many in Colombia are more skeptical than optimistic, with some going so far as to oppose the entire peace deal.