The government has voted in favor of the right to own private property but farmers don't expect big gains. The changes are part of a broader shift away from a Soviet-style economy as Cuba tries to woo foreign investment, boost growth, and cut dependence on costly food imports.
The small Caribbean island nation hosts large numbers of Venezuelan migrants, but despite signing onto the 2000 UN Refugee Convention, Trinidad hasn't yet adopted an asylum law, making it nearly impossible for migrants to stay.
The tumultuous journey of several reunited families, who had been separated after they crossed the United States border illegally, ended where it started – in their homeland of Guatemala, where they must try to start anew or return to their lives prior to fleeing.
As Venezuela's political and economic crises continue to spiral, refugees are pouring into nearby countries. Several are helping, but struggling to manage the influx amid their own domestic challenges.
Morgan Hurd competes on the balance beam at the US Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 19, in Boston.
Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador aims to radically re-shape Mexico. His party's dominance in Congress will help him deliver on his pledge but it lacks the two-thirds majority needed to make changes to the country's constitution.
Cubans and the international community rallied for the release of environmental activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola – an unusually broad act of dissent that eventually led to his release. Mr. Ruiz Urquiola was on a hunger strike to protest his arrest after he criticized forest rangers.
Politics in Colombia have become particularly polarized in recent years, with the introduction of a historic peace agreement ending more than 50 years of conflict and presidential candidates on ideological extremes. But the rise of online political satire helped spark the interest of a new generation of voters – and got them to the polls.
After campaigning on vows to end "mafia" control of Mexico, leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador rode widespread voter discontent with the long-time governing party to his presidential election win.
Newly named Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is allowing the media to have a bit more freedom with their reporting. Journalists can now publish news of important events without government approval and accept advertising from Cuba's small private sector.
After defeating former guerrilla Gustavo Petro in the nation's presidential race, Ivan Duque promised to work tirelessly to heal divisions and attack corruption in his first remarks as Colombian president-elect.