From protests against alleged election fraud in Bolivia and demonstrations against economic inequality in Chile and Ecuador, to political unrest in Venezuela and the cartel war in Mexico, trouble has been brewing across the region.
The indigenous groups protesting a rollback in fuel subsidies in Ecuador have arrived at an agreement with the government, bringing to an end to the largescale demonstrations that have brought the Latin American country to a standstill.
President Moreno and leaders of the country's indigenous peoples have struck a deal to cancel an austerity package that led to violent protests. Seven people were killed after the cost-cutting measures sparked outrage.
As well as ending fuel subsidies, the government is reducing the state workforce and planning some privatizations. Moreno says the fuel subsidies, in place for four decades, had distorted the economy and cost $60 billion.
With the 5-to-4 ruling, Ecuador joins a handful of Latin American nations _ Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia and Uruguay _ that have legalized same-sex marriage either through judicial rulings, or less frequently, legislative action.