AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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Posted: Jan 19, 2015 12:01 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

 This photo gallery highlights images published last week by AP photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The region saw its share of protests, with youths in Peru protesting the axing of many of their labor rights, Haiti's opposition demanding that President Michel Martelly resign and Brazil's commuters angry with the increasing cost of on public transportation.

Carnival revelers in Argentina held an unusual tribute to Pope Francis, using Roman Catholic motifs on their floats, including a giant statue of the Argentine-born pontiff's head. The South American nation also wrapped up the Dakar Rally, where competitors finished a two week race of cars, quads and motorcycles. Meanwhile, nearby Brazil hosted a tattoo convention.

Mexico released a mobile app version of the Codex Mendoza, one of the most important primary sources on the Aztecs of pre-Columbian Mexico. The original was compiled by Aztec and Spanish artisans to inform the king of Spain about conditions in the viceroyalty. Mexicans also took their pets to churches for blessings on the feast day of the patron saint of animals, Saint Anthony.

In the Caribbean, senior citizen Norberto Gonzalez Claudio was welcomed home to Puerto Rico after serving time in Florida for his role in a 1983 holdup in Connecticut. And in Cuba, a driver decorated the dashboard of his classic American car with Cuban and U.S. flags, another reminder of the start of normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.

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