AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 12:11 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

In the week that was in Latin America, photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women were tortured and shot to death in Mexico City, where he had fled from the state of Veracruz fearing for his safety. Prosecutors later announced they had charged a man with the five slayings that drew attention around the world.

Mexican followers of San Judas Tadeo prayed to and carried decorated statues of the popular green-cloaked saint known as the patron of lost causes. The faithful gather on the 28th of every month — a remembrance of his Oct. 28 feast day — to stream through a chapel near the heart of Mexico City in honor of the bearded saint known in English as St. Jude Thaddeus.

Venezuelans lined up before dawn in Caracas for a chance to buy one of the limited number of available car batteries, among the many goods people now find hard to find because the government limits the sale of official foreign currency, which companies need to buy overseas raw materials, spare parts and equipment. 

Sao Paulo, Brazil, held its annual "Most Handsome Elderly Man" contest, which organizers said was designed to promote the beauty of old age. Also in Brazil, the one-year countdown to the 2016 Olympic Games began, with construction workers already racing against the clock to finish sports arenas. President Dilma Rousseff's approval rating, meanwhile, continued to drop, with a growing number of people saying they favor her impeachment.

In Haiti, more than five years after a magnitude 7.0 quake destroyed much of the capital, tens of thousands of people are still unable to repair their former homes and remain without permanent housing in Port-au-Prince.

A lost whale was found swimming in Buenos Aires' urban marina, and Argentine authorities guided it out in hopes it would return to sea along the Rio de La Plata river that feeds into the Atlantic. The whale appeared to be a 2-year-old humpback, and was likely making its first migration without its mother when it got disoriented. 

In other news in Argentina, the River Plate team won the Copa Libertadores tournament in Buenos Aires after defeating Mexico's Tigres.

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

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