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.
Poor residents of Caracas submerged themselves in the highly polluted waters of the Guaire River scavenging for items to sell as a way to get through Venezuela’s economic travails, during another week of political stalemate between President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition headed by congress leader Juan Guaidó.
On Venezuela’s border with Colombia, more and more Venezuelan women who have given birth after fleeing the crisis back home are finding their newborns are in a legal limbo, with no country to call their own.
In Peru, police and soldiers patrolled from bases set up in the Amazon jungle to chase away thousands of illegal miners who have deforested the tropical forest in search of gold.
Cuban police detained gay rights activists who had joined in an unauthorized march in Havana after the government-run gay rights organization cancelled a parade.
Mexico City’s government closed schools and warned residents to remain indoors as exhaust from vehicles and smoke from forest and brush fires carpeted the metropolis in a smoky haze that alarmed even those accustomed to living with air pollution.
In Panama’s Darien Province, thousands of migrants hoping to reach the U.S. sat in camps after braving the trackless jungles that separate Panama from Colombia, some groups suffering robberies, rapes and killings.
Brazilian students protested against big cuts in federal funding for the education system announced by the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
Heavy rains caused rivers to overflow into several neighborhoods of Paraguay’s capital.
In sports, Mexico’s America soccer club defeated Cruz Azul and advanced to the semifinals if the Mexican Soccer League.
Curated by photojournalist Jorge Saenz in Asuncion, Paraguay.
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