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.
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.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to make a deal to solve illegal immigration – but not with border walls. Instead, he wants to strengthen Mexico's economy and improve governmental stability to provide a better living standard for Mexicans and ease US tensions.
Despite a tough stance on immigration by the Trump administration the number of Mexicans and Central Americans seeking legal entry into the US continues to climb. Between 2014 and 2017 the number of asylum filings have tripled to 142,000, the highest level in more than 20 years.
Frustrations with President Daniel Ortega's increasingly authoritarian presidency have mounted for years. In recent weeks, citizen protests and a violent crackdown have swept the country.
Since December 2012, more than 21,280 have gone missing in Mexico's long and deadly drug war. Now Argentine forensic scientists are attempting to provide some closure for Mexican families where a corrupt government has failed to provide answers.
A coral reef is thriving mysteriously beneath a busy shipping zone in Colombia. The secrets of its resilience could help protect other vulnerable reefs, scientists say.
In sharp contrast with his reclusive predecessor, Raúl Castro, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel has begun to appear in publicly televised speeches and meetings with local communities – signaling a potential shift in how the new leader intends to govern.