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The most stunning pictures of last week from Latin America

Updated : 2019-02-18 16:22:05

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.

Venezuela's renewed political crisis rolled on, with opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro both staging big rallies while foreign humanitarian aid piled up on the border with Colombia, blocked from entering by Venezuelan officials.

Tens of thousands of Haitians engaged in days of protests against President Jovenel Moise, and some clashed with police, as anger grew over skyrocketing inflation and the government's failure to prosecute embezzlement from a multibillion-dollar Venezuelan program that sent discounted oil to Haiti.

In Costa Rica, former President Oscar Arias, a Nobel peace laureate, was accused by several women of sexual assault. He denied the initial allegation, but made no further public comments amid the ensuing claims.

Sao Paulo opened the annual Campus Party technology festival, a weeklong, round-the-clock celebration in Brazil's biggest city that draws developers, gamers and computer enthusiasts.

Confetti showered down as Panama's Los Toros de Herrera baseball team celebrated a 3-0 victory over Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas in the championship game of the Caribbean Series tournament at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City.

Women soccer players are fighting to be considered professional athletes in Argentina, where men have been playing professional soccer for 88 years while the women's sport as remained an amateur endeavor.

The Mexico City government hosted a free, mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day, where newlywed couples of all ages posed inside heart-red booths, many with their children after they legally tied the knot.

Former Miss Costa Rica 1994, Jazmin Morales, walks after filing a complaint against former President Oscar Arias, in San Jose, Costa Rica. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and two-time Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has met with prosecutors to give a statement in two criminal complaints against him alleging sexual assault and sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Carlos Gonzalez)
Former Miss Costa Rica 1994, Jazmin Morales, walks after filing a complaint against former President Oscar Arias, in San Jose, Costa Rica. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and two-time Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has met with prosecutors to give a statement in two criminal complaints against him alleging sexual assault and sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Carlos Gonzalez)
Thousands of demonstrators march in the street as they chant anti-government slogans during a protest to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and demanding to know how Petro Caribe funds have been used by the current and past administrations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Much of the financial support to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake comes from Venezuela's Petro Caribe fund, a 2005 pact that gives suppliers below-market financing for oil and is under the control of the central government. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Thousands of demonstrators march in the street as they chant anti-government slogans during a protest to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and demanding to know how Petro Caribe funds have been used by the current and past administrations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Much of the financial support to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake comes from Venezuela's Petro Caribe fund, a 2005 pact that gives suppliers below-market financing for oil and is under the control of the central government. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Panama's Los Toros de Herrera baseball players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas amid confetti at the end of the Caribbean Series baseball tournament's final, championship game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Panama's Los Toros de Herrera baseball players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas amid confetti at the end of the Caribbean Series baseball tournament's final, championship game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A newlywed couple kisses while posing for photos at one of several free sets placed for newlyweds to take cell phone photos of themselves following a mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day in Mexico City. Hundreds of couples of all ages, many with their children, gathered to legally tie the knot in a mass ceremony in the capital's Venustiano Carranza neighbourhood. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A newlywed couple kisses while posing for photos at one of several free sets placed for newlyweds to take cell phone photos of themselves following a mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day in Mexico City. Hundreds of couples of all ages, many with their children, gathered to legally tie the knot in a mass ceremony in the capital's Venustiano Carranza neighbourhood. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A man, his face painted with the colours of the Venezuelan national flag, listens to opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido during a demonstration against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's opposition has called its supporters into the streets across the country in a campaign to break the military's support of Maduro, who refuses to let emergency food and medicine from the United States across the border. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A man, his face painted with the colours of the Venezuelan national flag, listens to opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido during a demonstration against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's opposition has called its supporters into the streets across the country in a campaign to break the military's support of Maduro, who refuses to let emergency food and medicine from the United States across the border. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
The wife of a soldier who was part of the group that attacked the presidential palace in a failed 1992 military coup organized by the late Hugo Chavez, checks her hair minutes before the start of the weekly, live TV program coined:
The wife of a soldier who was part of the group that attacked the presidential palace in a failed 1992 military coup organized by the late Hugo Chavez, checks her hair minutes before the start of the weekly, live TV program coined: "Con el Mazo Dando," or "Hitting it With a Sledgehammer," inside an aviation academy in Maracay, Venezuela. For government supporters attending the program, the enthusiasm for the show's host Diosdado Cabello, who the U.S. and European Union have sanctioned for human rights abuses and corruption, bordered on Elvis Presley-like idolatry. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Demonstrators chant
Demonstrators chant "Maduro out" during an anti-government protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Urena, Venezuela, on the border with Colombia. Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out Maduro, the embattled leader is holding strong and defying predictions of imminent demise. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A Venezuelan migrant waves at Colombian police as he walks past in Los Patios, near Cucuta, Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
A Venezuelan migrant waves at Colombian police as he walks past in Los Patios, near Cucuta, Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
A man looks at wreckage from a helicopter where it crashed into the front of a cargo truck during an emergency landing, on the main highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 66-year-old Brazilian television news anchor Ricardo Boechat and the pilot perished in the accident. Police say the truck driver suffered only minor injuries. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A man looks at wreckage from a helicopter where it crashed into the front of a cargo truck during an emergency landing, on the main highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 66-year-old Brazilian television news anchor Ricardo Boechat and the pilot perished in the accident. Police say the truck driver suffered only minor injuries. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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