FILE - This Wednesday, March 25, 2015 file photo shows a plume of ash and steam rising from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano, seen from the town of San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Mexico. During the last 24 hours, activity at the volcano has increased moderately but the alert level remains unchanged. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
FILE - This Sunday, March 22, 2015 file photo shows tourists taking pictures of themselves as they drink a cocktail at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar frequented by the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway, in Old Havana, Cuba. Tourists trying to dine at high-end private restaurants are often struggling to find an empty table these days, and it's practically impossible to get a room at Havana's best hotels. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)
FILE - This Monday, March 23, 2015 file photo shows a boat dumping oil in the waters of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiroâs mayor said in a television interview Monday that authorities âshould have been able to achieve the goalâ of cleaning up Guanabara Bay, where the Olympic sailing events are to be held. He added, âIt is indeed a wasted opportunity.â (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
FILE - This Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo shows a woman resting a mattress surrounded by mud covered street after flooding in Copiapo, Chile. Unusually heavy thunder storms and torrential rains that began on Tuesday have blocked roads, caused power outages and affected some 600 people on this normally dry region. (AP Photo/Aton Chile, Marcelo Hernandez, File) - CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE
FILE - This Jan. 20, 2015 file photo shows a Chinstrap penguin on the coast near the town of Villa Las Estrellas at King George Island, Antarctica. Their beady little eyes, squarish torsos and adorable waddling make penguins one of the main attractions for tourists who come to Antarctica. Tourism to Antarctica rose to 37,000 people last year, a 10 percent increase from the year before. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
FILE - This Monday, March 23, 2015 file photo shows an alligator swimming in the waters of the Panama Canal, near Gatun, Panama. The canal is undergoing the biggest expansion since it opened in 1914, which will allow larger Post-Panamax ships to cross the canal. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
FILE - This Monday, March 23, 2015 file photo shows the aftermath of a multiple-vehicle accident on a coastal highway in Huarmey, Peru. Monday's pre-dawn crash involving buses and a truck killed dozens of people and injured dozens more. Police say a bus strayed into the oncoming lane and slammed head-on into the first of two other buses. A truck then plowed into the wreckage. (AP Photo/Magali Estrada, File)
FILE - This Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo shows drawings of some of 43 missing rural college students are surrounded by flower petals, forming the shape of a heart, during a protest marking the six-month anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City. Angry citizens and parents of the 43 missing students urged the country not to abandon them. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
FILE - This Wednesday, March 25, 2015 file photo shows animal track prints crossing the Olympic Golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes, has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has become a touchstone of criticism from environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings since the course was partially carved out of a nature reserve. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
FILE - This Tuesday, March 24, 2015 file photo shows a member of the Clean Elections Movement with bags of fake money protesting the private financing of political campaigns outside Congress in Brasilia, Brazil. The bags were left in front of the National Congress in an attempt to mobilize civil society for political reform. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
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Mexicans woke up to the spectacular sight of fiery red ash rising from the Popocatepetl volcano. In the capital city, models huddled to stay warm before hitting the runway, while angry parents of the 43 missing rural college students urged the country not to abandon them. El Salvadorans paid tribute to slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who will be beatified later this year.
In Chile, the only object not coated in brown sludge from flooding was the mattress a woman rested on, while deadly flooding forced thousands to evacuate their homes and businesses. Tragedy also hit Peru on a coastal highway where the jumbled seats of passenger busses littered the roadway. Three passenger busses and a truck crashed, killing at least three dozen people and injuring around 80. Also in Peru, illegal loggers built yet another base camp where they continued to cut down trees.
Tourists in Cuba took photos of themselves sucking on cocktails through straws at a bar made famous by the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway, while penguins continued to be the star attraction for tourists in Antarctica, and Iguazu Falls awed visitors on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
A boat dumped oil in Brazil's Guanabara Bay, the same bay authorities said they wanted to clean up before the Olympic sailing events are held there. Animal tracks graced Rio de Janeiro's controversial Olympic golf course, partially carved out of a nature reserve ahead of the 2016 games. Also in Brazil, protesters carried oversized bags of fake money to protest the private financing of political campaigns, leaving them outside Congress.
An alligator was spotted on the surface of the Panama Canal, while in Argentina archaeologists working inside a nature reserve were surprised by a Nazi swastika on a 1938 German coin among the dilapidated jungle buildings they stumbled upon. Researchers think it might have been a planned hideout for top Nazi officers.
Murals in Colombia contrasted against the capital's gray skies and monochromatic red brick architecture.