Photo coverage by The Associated Press in Latin America and the Caribbean last week included a look at the problems suffered by highlands people in Peru as a result of the country's mining boom as well as politics, labor unrest and excitement over the World Cup.
In Brazil's biggest city, subway workers went on strike, putting at risk the only means that most soccer fans will have to reach Sao Paulo's Itaquerao stadium during the World Cup, which starts Thursday.
Near the Amazon city of Manaus, one of the World Cup host cities, 3-year-old Brazilian Kelly Silva held a snake on her family's floating house, where their exotic houseguests help them eke out a living by attracting stops by tourist boats.
Die-hard Brazilian soccer fan Delneri Viana showed his stomach covered by a Christ the Redeemer tattoo in Rio de Janeiro. German street artist Florian Timm created giant soap bubbles on the city's Ipanema beach.
Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a onetime rural schoolteacher who became a rebel commander during El Salvador's long civil war, took the presidential oath, becoming the first former guerrilla to lead the Central American nation.
In Puerto Rico, public workers protested austerity measures in San Juan. Mexican photographer Andres Hernandez Gomez tried to sell instant photos in Mexico City's main plaza, the Zocalo, but said: "Everybody has cameras on their phones now, so nobody stops."
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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.