AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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Posted: Jul 06, 2015 12:00 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

It was a busy week for Latin Americans, who wrapped up the region's premier soccer tournament, received the Olympic torch for next year's games and made last-minute preparations for Sunday's arrival of their South American pope.

Chile's national team won the Copa America tournament for the first time Saturday, beating Argentina on penalty shots to end the monthlong tournament hosted by the winners.

Roman Catholics in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay put the final touches on plans to welcome Pope Francis, including life-size cut-outs of the pontiff riding the cable cars in La Paz, Bolivia. South Americans knew him as Argentina's Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he became pope just two years ago.

In Brazil, children from Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha slum practiced surfing with the help of a free school that works with kids to keep them off the streets. Children in Cuba, where the Internet revolution has largely passed by, sat close enough to a five-star hotel to access its password-protected WiFi and go online.

Also in the Caribbean, a street performer in Puerto Rico worked for tips while the island's administration pushed to seek bankruptcy protection.

Coca pickers in Peru continued to earn about 33 cents per kilo (2.2 pounds) of coca leaf, adding up to about $16 a day for the average yield in Peru. Peru also hosted the Pacific Alliance Summit, with leaders attending from Latin American countries that share a Pacific coastline: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Turning to a Christian theme, fired Paraguayan bus drivers crucified themselves to protest their dismissal by a private bus line. A man in Peru showed off his pope-like hat decorated with his favorite soccer player.

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

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