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Natacha Pisarenko, Associated Press
In this Nov. 2, 2014 photo, a small statue of Deolinda Correa, better known as "La Difunta Correa," lays at her sanctuary in Vallecito in the San Juan province of Argentina, where pilgrims come to thank her for answering their prayers. She's one of Argentina’s most popular folk saints, who legend has it set out into the desert with her baby in her arms to find her ill husband who had been forcibly recruited to fight in Argentina’s civil war in the 19th century. Deolinda Correa died of thirst. When gaucho cattle herders found her body under a tree, they discovered that her baby was still alive, nourished by her breasts which “miraculously” remained filled with milk after her death.

More than a month after 43 college students disappeared following an attack by police in southern Mexico, many of their parents are refusing to accept the government's view that the youths were slain. Mexicans angry over the case kept up their protests during the past week, blockading highways and setting fire to government buildings.

Elsewhere in the region, the 97-year-old Venezuelan composer, musician and harpist Juan Vicente Torrealba sat for a portrait in his home in Caracas.

The Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard trained with a barefoot player from the Tarahumara indigenous group's basketball team, which got a chance to train with the NBA team in Mexico City.

Pilgrims offering thanks for answered prayers visited the sanctuary of Deolinda Correa, one of Argentina's most popular folk saints. Another of those saints, the late cumbia singer Gilda, drew Flavia Piana to the cemetery, where she baked a cake on what would have been the singer's birthday.

Gerardo Orue crucified himself outside the Brazilian Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, to demand compensation for losing his job at the Itaipu dam. In Brazil, people marched in support of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo as a counter to recent demonstrations against Rousseff's government.

Residents and tourists unsuccessfully tried to save a beached whale on Popoyo beach in Nicaragua.

Javier Torres was among a dozen dancers who returned to their homeland of Cuba to participate in the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana. "We are Cubans and we carry the Cuban interpretation of ballet — what we have learned here," he said.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.