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The most stunning pictures from the past week in Latin America

Updated : 2019-08-30 10:23:09

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. Hurricane Dorian swirled past the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, but spared them from significant damage. Brazil's government banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop fires raging over parts of the Amazon region. Bolivia appealed for more international help to contain similar fires on its territory. In Chile, the government declared an agricultural emergency as the capital and its outskirts suffer from the worst drought in years. Violence is worsening in Mexico, a development underlined when a gang trapped people inside a nightclub in a southern oil town and set the bar on fire, killing 28. At the very eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border, a long strip of sand known as Playa Bagdad is just a short distance across the Rio Grande from Texas, but no one tries to cross over. It's a beach for drugs and crime, not migrants. People in Cuba's tobacco-growing province of Pinar del Rio use a tractor to move around a trailer they've converted into a mobile pool to help children beat the summer heat.

Venezuelan migrants look out from a grassy knoll at the Pan-American Highway, in Urbina, Ecuador, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. In spite of the dangers that a migratory crossing implies, many Venezuelans who have left their country because of the crisis do not hesitate to take risks to find a new life. (AP Photo/Edu León)
Venezuelan migrants look out from a grassy knoll at the Pan-American Highway, in Urbina, Ecuador, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. In spite of the dangers that a migratory crossing implies, many Venezuelans who have left their country because of the crisis do not hesitate to take risks to find a new life. (AP Photo/Edu León)
A spectator watches day two of the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards cricket ground in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
A spectator watches day two of the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards cricket ground in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel weeps as he is escorted by police form a courtroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.
Former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel weeps as he is escorted by police form a courtroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. "I have tears because I feel impotence," Dotel said, "I am innocent". Authorities arrested Dotel for alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
Relatives of political prisoners attend a Mass asking for the freedom of their loved ones, in Masaya, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
Relatives of political prisoners attend a Mass asking for the freedom of their loved ones, in Masaya, Nicaragua, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
Brazilian actress Sonia Braga shows her red painted hands to symbolize blood, during a protest in defense of the Amazon while fires burn in that region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, Aug, 25, 2019. Experts from the country's satellite monitoring agency say most of the fires are set by farmers or ranchers clearing existing farmland, but the same monitoring agency has reported a sharp increase in deforestation this year as well. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
Brazilian actress Sonia Braga shows her red painted hands to symbolize blood, during a protest in defense of the Amazon while fires burn in that region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, Aug, 25, 2019. Experts from the country's satellite monitoring agency say most of the fires are set by farmers or ranchers clearing existing farmland, but the same monitoring agency has reported a sharp increase in deforestation this year as well. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
Municipal police are seen through glass as they bring in a pair of men detained for unknown reasons, at the prosecutor's office in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Mexico's drug war appears to be back, and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Municipal police are seen through glass as they bring in a pair of men detained for unknown reasons, at the prosecutor's office in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Mexico's drug war appears to be back, and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A photograph of Xochitl Nayeli Irineo Gomez, 24, hangs on the wall over her coffin as mourners pay their respects, during her wake at a family home in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Irineo was working as a dancer at the White Horse nightclub to earn money to study for a law degree when she was killed in a Tuesday night attack on the club. Gang members burst into the bar, blocked all the exits and then started a fire that killed multiple people and injured about a dozen others. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A photograph of Xochitl Nayeli Irineo Gomez, 24, hangs on the wall over her coffin as mourners pay their respects, during her wake at a family home in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Irineo was working as a dancer at the White Horse nightclub to earn money to study for a law degree when she was killed in a Tuesday night attack on the club. Gang members burst into the bar, blocked all the exits and then started a fire that killed multiple people and injured about a dozen others. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Neri dos Santos Silva, center, watches an encroaching fire threat after digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Neri dos Santos Silva, center, watches an encroaching fire threat after digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A lush forest sits next to a field of charred trees in Vila Nova Samuel, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The current fires in the Amazon were set by those who are clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops. About 60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
A lush forest sits next to a field of charred trees in Vila Nova Samuel, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The current fires in the Amazon were set by those who are clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops. About 60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
A volunteer carries bottles of water for putting out fires in the Chiquitania Forest in Santa Rosa de Tucabaca, on the outskirts of Robore, Bolivia, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. While some of the fires are burning in Bolivia's share of the Amazon, the largest blazes were in the Chiquitanía region of southeastern Bolivia. It's zone of dry forest, farmland and open prairies that has seen an expansion of farming and ranching in recent years. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
A volunteer carries bottles of water for putting out fires in the Chiquitania Forest in Santa Rosa de Tucabaca, on the outskirts of Robore, Bolivia, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. While some of the fires are burning in Bolivia's share of the Amazon, the largest blazes were in the Chiquitanía region of southeastern Bolivia. It's zone of dry forest, farmland and open prairies that has seen an expansion of farming and ranching in recent years. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world's largest rainforest. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world's largest rainforest. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A vendor pushes his mobile cart equipped with inflatable pool toys and fruit cups along the shoreline of Playa Bagdad near the border city of Matamoros, Mexico, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. At the very eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border there's a long strip of sand where the Rio Grande meets the sea. It is called Playa Bagdad. Here there are no steel pilings marching out to sea to stop migrants from swimming, wading or paddling across to the United States. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
A vendor pushes his mobile cart equipped with inflatable pool toys and fruit cups along the shoreline of Playa Bagdad near the border city of Matamoros, Mexico, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. At the very eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border there's a long strip of sand where the Rio Grande meets the sea. It is called Playa Bagdad. Here there are no steel pilings marching out to sea to stop migrants from swimming, wading or paddling across to the United States. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
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A Bolivian "Morenada de Oruro" folklore dancer removes a pebble from her shoe after performing at a parade in honor of a feast day for Our Lady of Urkupina, in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Wildfires burn in the Chiquitania Forest near Robore, Bolivia, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Bolivia has struggled to contain fires that swept through woods and fields. A U.S.-based aircraft, the B747-400 SuperTanker, is flying over devastated areas in Bolivia to help put out the blazes and protect forests. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Wildfires burn in the Chiquitania Forest near Robore, Bolivia, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Bolivia has struggled to contain fires that swept through woods and fields. A U.S.-based aircraft, the B747-400 SuperTanker, is flying over devastated areas in Bolivia to help put out the blazes and protect forests. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
The three-year-old daughter of Xochitl Nayeli Irineo Gomez, who had been working as a dancer at the White Horse nightclub to earn money to study for a law degree, waves at the casket that contain her mother's remains, during a burial service at the municipal cemetery in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. At least seven of the more than two dozen victims of an attack on the White Horse were laid to rest in the municipal cemetery Thursday afternoon, in overlapping burials two days after gang members blocked the club's exits and set it on fire. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
The three-year-old daughter of Xochitl Nayeli Irineo Gomez, who had been working as a dancer at the White Horse nightclub to earn money to study for a law degree, waves at the casket that contain her mother's remains, during a burial service at the municipal cemetery in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. At least seven of the more than two dozen victims of an attack on the White Horse were laid to rest in the municipal cemetery Thursday afternoon, in overlapping burials two days after gang members blocked the club's exits and set it on fire. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A girl walks on a sandy beach holding a sunflower and her flip flops after the passing of Tropical Storm Dorian, in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Leaving lighter-than-expected damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the second hurricane of the 2019 season swirled toward the U.S., with forecasters warning it will draw energy from the warm, open waters as it closes in. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A girl walks on a sandy beach holding a sunflower and her flip flops after the passing of Tropical Storm Dorian, in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Leaving lighter-than-expected damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the second hurricane of the 2019 season swirled toward the U.S., with forecasters warning it will draw energy from the warm, open waters as it closes in. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Storm clouds gather as Tropical Storm Dorian moves toward St. Michael Parish, Barbados, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Much of the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados shut down on Monday as Dorian approached the region. (AP Photo/Chris Brandis)
Storm clouds gather as Tropical Storm Dorian moves toward St. Michael Parish, Barbados, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Much of the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados shut down on Monday as Dorian approached the region. (AP Photo/Chris Brandis)
A girl holds on to the ropes of a swimming pool created in the bed of a tractor trailer in El Infernal neighborhood of San Andres, in Cuba's province Pinar del Río, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. In a neighborhood far from recreation centers, community members helped to make the idea of the tractor pool a reality, lending tarps, providing water and paying for the tractor's gasoline. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A girl holds on to the ropes of a swimming pool created in the bed of a tractor trailer in El Infernal neighborhood of San Andres, in Cuba's province Pinar del Río, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. In a neighborhood far from recreation centers, community members helped to make the idea of the tractor pool a reality, lending tarps, providing water and paying for the tractor's gasoline. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A family sitting in the shade watches as a tractor that pulls a trailer-turned-pool where children swim, drives past outside their home in the El Infernal neighborhood of San Andres in Cuba's province Pinar del Río, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The multi-use tractor in El Infernal isn't just used for farm work and a mobile pool, it's also occasionally pressed into service as an ambulance in an area with few motor vehicles. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A family sitting in the shade watches as a tractor that pulls a trailer-turned-pool where children swim, drives past outside their home in the El Infernal neighborhood of San Andres in Cuba's province Pinar del Río, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The multi-use tractor in El Infernal isn't just used for farm work and a mobile pool, it's also occasionally pressed into service as an ambulance in an area with few motor vehicles. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A youth from the Kayapo indigenous community bathes in the river at dusk near his village in the Bau indigenous reserve in Altamira, in Brazil's Amazon, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. President Jair Bolsonaro has long pushed to open indigenous reserves for agriculture and mining, saying it will benefit the people there. He insists Brazil's indigenous people,
A youth from the Kayapo indigenous community bathes in the river at dusk near his village in the Bau indigenous reserve in Altamira, in Brazil's Amazon, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. President Jair Bolsonaro has long pushed to open indigenous reserves for agriculture and mining, saying it will benefit the people there. He insists Brazil's indigenous people, "want to integrate, they want electricity, they want to be what we are." (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Medical student and environmentalist Sofia Guzman, 22, wears a mask she made to represent a toucan skull, during a protest to call for action to protect the Amazon rainforest, outside the Brazilian Embassy in Mexico City, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Medical student and environmentalist Sofia Guzman, 22, wears a mask she made to represent a toucan skull, during a protest to call for action to protect the Amazon rainforest, outside the Brazilian Embassy in Mexico City, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
The carcass of a cow lies partially embedded in the dried up lake bed of the Aculeo Lagoon, in Paine, Chile, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Despite having one of the largest fresh water reserves in the world Chilean authorities declared an agricultural emergency this week as rural areas in the province of Santiago suffer the effects of the worst drought that has hit the area in decades. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
The carcass of a cow lies partially embedded in the dried up lake bed of the Aculeo Lagoon, in Paine, Chile, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Despite having one of the largest fresh water reserves in the world Chilean authorities declared an agricultural emergency this week as rural areas in the province of Santiago suffer the effects of the worst drought that has hit the area in decades. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
A dog barks as a Venezuelan migrant arrives outside a farmer's home in Teques, Colombia, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Venezuelans who are stranded on the border between Colombia and Ecuador have began to look for alternatives to get into Ecuador because the government began demanding visas from Venezuelans to enter the country. (AP Photo/Edu León)
A dog barks as a Venezuelan migrant arrives outside a farmer's home in Teques, Colombia, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Venezuelans who are stranded on the border between Colombia and Ecuador have began to look for alternatives to get into Ecuador because the government began demanding visas from Venezuelans to enter the country. (AP Photo/Edu León)
A dejected fan of the Veracruz Tiburones Rojos soccer team leans his head on the fence during a Mexican soccer league match against Queretaro in Veracruz, Mexico, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Veracruz lost 5-0 to Queretaro on Tuesday night in the seventh round of the Apertura tournament to extend its winless run to 33 games, breaking the tie with the English club, which set the previous mark in the 2007-08 season. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
A dejected fan of the Veracruz Tiburones Rojos soccer team leans his head on the fence during a Mexican soccer league match against Queretaro in Veracruz, Mexico, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Veracruz lost 5-0 to Queretaro on Tuesday night in the seventh round of the Apertura tournament to extend its winless run to 33 games, breaking the tie with the English club, which set the previous mark in the 2007-08 season. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
A man chugs a bottles of black beer while eating breakfast at a restaurant in Paine, Chile, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
A man chugs a bottles of black beer while eating breakfast at a restaurant in Paine, Chile, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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