This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.
Mexicans played around a huge burning papier-mache bull full of exploding fireworks in Tultepec in the state of Mexico, where 40 fireworks accidents claimed 24 lives last year, according to the Mexican Institute of Pyrotechnics.
In Argentina, the recent deaths of two animals fueled charges by conservationists that an attempt by the city government to turn a 140-year-old zoo into an “eco-park” and relocate most of its 1,500 animals to sanctuaries has been a poorly planned disaster. People also marched outside Congress against former President Cristina Fernandez, who is accused of leading a corruption scheme involving officials and business leaders. Buenos Aires also hosted its annual World Tango Championship.
Venezuelan senior citizen Humberto Castillo offered sun flowers for sale, or in exchange for food, at a street market in Caracas, as the nation endures the worst economic downfall in its history. Those who have decided to leave Venezuela traveled by foot along Ecuador’s part of the Pan American Highway, after crossing Colombia. Peru announced they will follow Ecuador’s decision to require Venezuelans reaching the border to enter with a passport, a document that has grown increasingly difficult to obtain in Venezuela.
In Brazil, a soldier frisked men in the Complexo da Alemao slum of Rio de Janeiro, where confrontations have marked a deepening of the military’s role in Rio’s security.
Peruvian Judge Juan Gonzales showed his handcuffs to the press after being detained in Lima for allegedly receiving a little more than the equivalent of $1,000 to rule in favor of a criminal group. Meanwhile in Ayacucho province, Maria Magdalena Espinosa, whose husband Daniel Tineo was killed by the Shining Path guerrillas in 1984, posed for a portrait outside her home in Tantana. Over the last 16 years, the remains of 3,823 disappeared people have been exhumed in the Andean nation.
Cuba’s state telecommunications company launched the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that will give citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island.
El Salvador opened its newly-renovated downtown, where public transit buses and market stalls once clogged the streets.
Curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City. Twitter: @LeslieMazoch
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