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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Last Updated Jul 20, 2018 at 12:40 am EDT

In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018 photo, Sandinista militias stand guard at a dismantled barricade after police and pro-government militias stormed the Monimbo neighborhood of Masaya, Nicaragua. Heavily armed police and militias laid siege to and then retook the symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government. (AP Photo/Cristobal Venegas)

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on his presidential election victor, while dozens of protesters jeered at Pompeo’s motorcade, many of them angry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Meanwhile, thousands of Mexicans showed up outside Lopez Obrador seeking to deliver requests for help, from increasing pensions for the elderly to getting a loved one out of jail.

In Nicaragua, police and armed pro-government civilians retook a symbolically important neighbourhood that had recently become a centre of resistance to President Daniel Ortega’s government. More than 200 university students also were reunited with their parents after a tense night of armed attacks that left two dead and dozens wounded.

More Venezuelans disheartened by their country’s economic collapse journeyed by foot and bus to Cucuta, a border city in Colombia’s mountains where the migrants often have little more than a dollar in their pockets and several mouths to feed.

Dressed in blazers and collared shirts, leaders of Colombia’s once largest guerrilla army made their first appearance at a new special peace tribunal to respond to allegations of war crimes during five decades of bloody conflict.

Puerto Ricans in remote areas celebrated finally getting power back nearly a year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


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


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