The end of Cuba's "white card" exit permit program allowed more Cubans to leave the country, but it also permitted expats who left previously to return. This year, Cuban dancers living abroad returned to Havana for an international dance festival – a first for many.
Crisis or opportunity? Mexico's new president promises bold reforms at home, but his leadership could spark new tensions with the US as President Trump continues to rail against trade agreements, border security, and asylum policy.
Venezuela's dire economic crisis is forcing a transformation of the political opposition against the incumbent Maduro government, which they see as irresponsive and increasingly authoritarian.
A Mandarin duck swims in Central Park in New York on Dec. 5. In the weeks since it appeared in Central Park, the duck has become a celebrity.
More than 2,000 migrants arrived at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City on Nov. 5. Though there is no promise of being granted asylum at the US border, many remain hopeful that they are moving away from violence in their homelands toward a better life.
Former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is a polarizing figure in Argentina but she still draws popular support from the working class as criticism against President Mauricio Macri government's policy of spending cuts and austerity mount.
After a long trek through Veracruz, a Mexican state notoriously dangerous for migrants, the caravan heads toward the Mexican capital where members plan to rest and wait for stragglers. The estimated 4,000 migrants are still hundreds of miles from the US border.
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro campaigned on pulling out of the Paris Agreement and upending China-Brazil relations, actions that could have far-reaching effects for the South American country.
Jair Bolsonaro, a former member of Brazil's Congress and aficionado of the country's military dictatorship, has been elected Brazil's next president. His incitement against women and minorities has many human rights advocates worried.