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AP PHOTOS Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.

Thousands of Haitian children returned to their classes after months of violent protests against the government shut down schools.

Mexico’s president has said he wants to fight drug cartels with “hugs, not bullets,” but some communities called for a more forceful strategy after 23 people died during gunbattles in the northern border state of Coahuila.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met later in the week with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, in the wake of Donald Trump suggesting the U.S. could classify Mexico’s cartels as terrorist organizations.

In Chile, thousands of older women dressed in black and red scarves around their necks demonstrated against gender-based violence, chanting “The rapist is you,” a protest song that has gained international attention.

Uruguay’s governing political coalition conceded defeat in the presidential runoff election to the center-right Lacalle Pou, whose victory ended 15 years of left-leaning government in the South American country.

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Curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. On Twitter: @LatDesk

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