AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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Posted: May 05, 2014 12:03 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

Here's a look at highlights from the weekly Associated Press photo report from Latin America.

In a surprise raid, about 1,500 police and troops dynamited $20 million worth of heavy machinery as Peru's government pursued a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios.

Colombian authorities gave up hope of finding alive miners trapped under 20 meters (66 feet) of heavy debris after a gold mine collapse. "I pray to God for survivors but it's impossible," said Eduardo Grijalba, mayor of the rural town of Santander de Quilichao where the accident happened Wednesday night.

Uruguay released its rules for the legal marijuana market it is launching this year, detailing how the government plans to get very involved in every aspect of the business. Anyone hoping the South American nation will become a pot smoker's paradise should probably head to Colorado instead, President Jose Mujica suggested. "It's a complete fiction what they do in Colorado" in terms of controlling the sale and use of legal marijuana, Mujica said in an Associated Press interview.

A free concert by Martina Stoessel, who portrays Disney's "Violetta," drew an estimated 250,000 fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Violetta" is a major hit for Disney-Latin America and fans flocked to the capital's Palermo district to see the 17-year-old Argentine singer-actress who has seen her fame skyrocket since Disney picked her for the role.

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In sports, Paraguay's Nacional soccer club achieved a historic 2-2 draw, eliminating Velez Sarsfield and advancing for the first time in its history to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals.


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This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.