In this Saturday Sept. 12, 2015 photo, captain Jose Vargas holds up the trophy as Venezuela's players wearing Mexican 'sombreros' celebrate their 76-71 victory over Argentina during the FIBA Americas Championship final basketball game in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, a supporter of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez cries as she listens to Lopez's guilty verdict at Bolivar square, in Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez was found guilty of inciting violence for his role as leader of a sometimes bloody protest movement in 2014, and was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, patients line up at the Killick Coast Guard Base to enter U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort for free medical treatment in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Through Sept. 18, Haitians will have access to Cuban and U.S. military doctors on a first-come, first-serve basis for general, pediatric, dental, ophthalmological and orthopedic care. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, speaks to her husband supporters, in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez was convicted late Thursday of inciting violence during a wave of protests against the South American country's socialist administration in 2014, and was sentenced to the maximum punishment of nearly 14 years in military prison. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 photo, a young devotee performs while holding a Bible during a service at the Contemporary Christian Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Contemporary Christian Church, which on Monday celebrated its ninth anniversary and the opening of its ninth branch with a raucous, theatrical service, homosexuality is celebrated rather than stigmatized. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 photo, Guatemala's former president Otto Perez Molina listens to his lawyers in court, during his third corruption hearing, in Guatemala City. Perez Molina was ordered jailed on charges of fraud, conspiracy and bribery in connection to a customs corruption scandal that took down much of his government and forced him to resign. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
In this Sept. 9, 2015 photo, Wayuu indigenous man Eusebio Epieyu works shoveling sea salt until sunset in Manaure, Colombia. Itâs a poorly-paid profession but one that provides sustenance to many. Workers make about .30 cents for each sack of salt. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, a Chilean national flag and pictures of former president Salvador Allende hang on a makeshift line at the National Stadium marking the 42nd anniversary of the military coup that ousted the late President Salvador Allende, in Santiago, Chile. The Sept. 11, 1973 coup ousted the democratically elected president and launched a 17-year dictatorship. The stadium served as a detention center in the early years of the military dictatorship led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, accompanied by Cuban athletes, kayakers from the U.S. prepare to leave the Marina Hemingway Yacht Club in Havana, Cuba. Nine kayakers from the U.S. set off Friday to attempt to cross the Florida Straights, from Havana to Key West, and expect to reach their destination in between 30 and 40 hours. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, people gather outside the east side entrance of La Moneda presidential palace that was used by ousted President Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, as they mark the anniversary of the coup against him. It was also through this door that his body was carried by soldiers and firefighters from the destroyed presidential palace. The 1973 military coup ousted democratically elected Allende and began the 17-year dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 photo, a congregation of birds are silhouetted against a morning sky, in Paraguachon, Colombia. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expanded an anti-smuggling offensive along the country's frontier with Colombia, and ordered another main crossing, this one in Paraguachon, closed Monday night as part of a two-week-old anti-smuggling offensive. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 photo, taxi drivers block a street to protest the Uber in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, hours before a second vote is expected by the city council that would ban the ride-sharing service. Rio de Janeiro's city council has banned Uber, but Mayor Eduardo Paes must still ratify it. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 photo, a Colombian police officer stands guard at the border between Colombia and Venezuela in Paraguachon, Colombia. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expanded an anti-smuggling offensive along the country's frontier with Colombia and ordered the closure of the main border crossing in the country's biggest state. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 photo, a boy plays in the water after a procession in honor of the Virgin of Regla, in the town of Regla, across the bay from Havana, Cuba. The black Madonna is honored on the same day as Cuba's patron saint, the Virgin of Charity, both of which are also recognized as powerful deities in the African-influenced religion of Santeria. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In the week that was in Latin America, politicians in Guatemala and Venezuela were kept behind bars. In Guatemala, former President Otto Perez Molina was ordered held in custody as he faces corruption charges and in Venezuela jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison for inciting violence during the sometimes bloody protests in 2014.
In Brazil, the Contemporary Christian Church celebrated its 9th anniversary opening its doors to the gay community of Rio de Janeiro. Also in Rio, the cleanup of Guanabara buy was pushed back still farther before the start of the Rio 2106 Olympic games. In Sao Paulo, taxi drivers blocked streets to protest Uber.
Chile commemorated another anniversary of the 1973 military coup that ousted democratically elected Salvador Allende and began the 17-year dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
In Mexico City, teams from the region played the FIBA Americas Championship for a birth in the 2016 Olympic games.
In the border area of Venezuela and Colombia, President Nicolas Maduro expanded an anti-smuggling offensive and ordered the closure of another main border crossing.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.