The arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman - whose outsized legend hogged the limelight and resources - means the government can get down to the real business of fighting crime.
Tensions abound in Venezuela's opposition - as well as within President Maduro's government. How are the protests playing out?
Before giving himself up, Leopoldo López, accused of inciting violence during recent antigovernment protests, addressed the largest rally in over two weeks of growing demonstrations.
Puerto Rico's slow-motion economic crisis skidded to a new low last week when both Standard & Poor's and Moody's downgraded its debt to junk status, brushing aside a series of austerity measures taken by the new governor, including increasing taxes and rebalancing pensions. Coupled with a falling birthrate, the decline is raising worries about how Puerto Rico will thrive with a rapidly aging population and such a large share of jobless residents.
Presidential elections in two Central American countries, El Salvador and Costa Rica, will head to a second round after top contenders in both nations failed to get enough votes on to win outright, in contests that tested the power of incumbent parties.