Monday, August 17
The U.S. flag went up outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana last week for the first time since 1961.
Hundreds of Cubans mixed with American tourists for Friday's ceremony outside the embassy, which overlooks the Malecon seaside promenade. They cheered as Secretary of State John Kerry spoke, the United States Army Brass Quintet played "The Star-Spangled Banner" and U.S. Marines raised the flag.
A day earlier, retired Cuban President Fidel Castro celebrated his 89th birthday with two of his country's closest leftist allies, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Bolivian President Evo Morales, both staunch supporters of Havana's communist government. Castro marked the day with a newspaper column saying the U.S. owes Cuba "numerous millions of dollars" for damages caused by its decades-long embargo.
Disorder and sporadic violence troubled Haitian legislative elections as voters chose lawmakers for Parliament after years of delay. Fistfights broke out in some spots as partisans attempted to stuff ballot boxes or engage in other irregularities.
In a three-day operation, Peruvian police and soldiers cleared out a crater-pocked Amazon jungle area where some 10,000 people lived doing illegal gold mining. It was the 15th such operation in Madre de Dios state in which troops blow up dredges, backhoes and motors and expel miners and their families from makeshift settlements. But many of the miners return after soldiers and police leave.
More than 330 sailors from over 50 nations competed in in an Olympic sailing test event in the waters of Rio de Janeiro's picturesque Guanabara Bay. Many of the boats were launched from a small beach where testing commissioned by The Associated Press found virus levels 127,000 times what experts would consider highly alarming on a Southern California beach.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.
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