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Ivania Alvarez shakes a jug of water as she celebrates with Neyma Hernandez after their release from prison, at her home in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. The women were part of a group known as “Banda de Aguadores," or water carriers, who were detained as political prisoners for taking water to hunger strikers.
A man watches fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. From Australia to Brazil, people gathered to ring in the new year with fireworks and musical celebrations.
A female Zapatista member, masked to protect her identity, drives a Volkswagen with a decal that reads in Spanish: "Rural Production Society," as she arrives to the Second International Meeting of Women Who Fight, organized by the women of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, in Caracol Morelia, Altamirano municipality, Chiapas state, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Women who attended spoke before crowds of hundreds at a time about the violence they had faced in their communities, including childhood abuse and forced migration.
A shopper holds her son as she buys fish at the Central Market in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The protests that have swept across Chile over the past months have caused a big hit to its economy. Chile's economy contracted by 3.3% in November, following a 3.4% contraction in October, according to Chile's Central Bank.
A man pushes a small boat carrying flowers and a statue of Yemanja, a deity from the African Yoruba religion, during a ceremony in honor of the goddess of the sea, which is part of the New Year's celebrations, off Praia Vermelha beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. As the year winds down, Brazilian worshippers of Yemanja celebrate the deity and ask for blessings for the coming year.
A two-month-old giraffe sits in her enclosure at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. is celebrating its second baby giraffe of the year, already as tall as a full-grown human. The female giraffe was unveiled last week after a mandatory quarantine period following her Oct. 23 birth. She will be named via a public vote.
Mayor Claudia Lopez, center, accompanied by her mother Maria del Carmen Hernandez, greets supporters at her inauguration ceremony in Simon Bolivar Park in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Lopez is Bogota's first female mayor, and Latin America's first openly lesbian mayor.
A man wearing pot leaf sunglasses smokes a joint outside the Mexican Senate, during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Cannabis advocates are hoping lawmakers will decriminalize marijuana in 2020.
A Monterrey player holds up the championship trophy after his team defeated rival America 4-2 in a penalty shootout to win the Mexican soccer league title at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.
A woman kisses a man on the cheek at a truck stop in the Galipan village in La Guaira, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Venezuelans lined up at a limited number of retail stores hoping to redeem the Petro cryptocurrency President Nicolas Maduro granted as a Christmas bonus.
A girl hits a traditional Christmas "piñata" filled with fruit and candy during Epiphany, or Three Kings Day celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited baby Jesus.
Opposition lawmaker William Barrientos stands on a desk to argue with ruling party lawmakers after many of his allies, including Assembly President Juan Guaidó, were blocked by police from entering the session to elect new leadership in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Without a quorum, there was no vote for ruling party Luis Parra, who swore himself in as president of the legislature, while the opposition, who enjoy a comfortable majority, immediately denounced the impromptu session as invalid.
The Adripina Seda public school stands partially collapsed after an earthquake struck Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, killing one man, injuring others and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island.
Opposition supporters and lawmakers push through the gate of the National Assembly to enter the grounds in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó and lawmakers who back him pushed their way into the legislative building on Tuesday following an attempt by rival legislators to take control of the congress, and declared Guaidó the president of the only opposition-controlled institution.
Shadows of revelers of the Estrela Dalva Folia de Reis Group are cast on a wall as they perform during Epiphany, or Three Kings Day celebration in the city of Planaltina, Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Folia de Reis is a Brazilian procession that depicts the Biblical journey of the Three Kings, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, to visit the Christ Child.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido argues for National Guards to let him and all opposition lawmakers into the National Assembly, saying he will not enter unless all of them are allowed entry, outside the legislature in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Venezuela's opposition is facing its biggest test yet after government-backed lawmakers announced they were taking control of what Guaidó supporters have described as the nation's last democratic institution.
A note that reads "We're well. Ceo and Ana," hangs on a fence after an overnight earthquake in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, killing one man, injuring others and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island.
Anti-government demonstrators throw into the fire furniture from a Chilean police church in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Chile has been roiled by continuing and sometimes violent street protests since Oct. 18, when a student protest over a modest increase in subway fares turned into a much larger and broader movement with a long list of demands that largely focus on inequality.
Cars are crushed under a home that collapsed after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. The next day, a second 6.4-magnitude quake hit the same area overnight.
A youth receives a toy gun during Epiphany, or Three Kings Day celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited baby Jesus.
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.
Puerto Rico was hit by a 5.8-magnitude quake before dawn Monday, then another 6.4-magnitude quake on Tuesday. Only one person died, but the quakes left severely damaged infrastructure and the island’s government said it was overwhelmed. Many in the affected area are comparing the situation to Hurricane Maria, while hundreds of families who are unable to return to their damaged homes wonder where they’ll stay in upcoming weeks and months as hope fades of electricity being restored soon.
Kids across the region got gifts on Epiphany, which marks the day the three wise men visited baby Jesus.
Anti-government demonstrators threw church furniture into a fire in Santiago, Chile, as the country continues to be roiled by sometimes violent street protests since Oct. 18, when a student protest over a modest increase in subway fares turned into a much larger and broader movement.
Venezuela’s opposition faced its biggest test yet after government-backed lawmakers announced they were taking control of what Juan Guaidó's supporters have described as the nation’s last democratic institution. The opposition leader argued for National Guards to let him and all opposition lawmakers into the National Assembly, saying he will not enter unless all of them are allowed entry, outside the legislature in Caracas, Venezuela on Tuesday. Guaidó and lawmakers who back him pushed their way into the legislative building, following an attempt by rival legislators to take control of the congress.