AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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Posted: Sep 21, 2015 12:00 AM

In the week that was in Latin America, The Associated Press released a major multimedia project about Mexico's "other disappeared," and prepared for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba, which began Saturday and continues through Tuesday.

AP's project about the "other disappeared" was launched after 43 students went missing last year in the Mexican city of Iguala and other families came forward to tell their stories of also having their loved ones disappear.

Over a series of months, a team of AP staffers returned to the community numerous times to interview the relatives of 158 missing people whose cases became known after the students disappeared. Of those, only 84 agreed to be photographed because they remained scared of reprisals. The text stories, photographic portraits and videos were packaged together with an online interactive.

Elsewhere in the region, Chile was struck by a deadly 8.3-magnitue earthquake that caused flooding in dozens of coastal towns. In Nicaragua, land conflicts between settlers and Miskito Indians on the Atlantic coast left at least nine people dead and 20 wounded. Eight Mexicans touring Egypt were killed when their van came under fire by soldiers.

In Cuba, the island's religious syncretism was on display in the days before the pope's arrival. Recent religious processions honored both Christian versions of the Virgin Mary and African goddesses in a country where believers sometimes mix Catholic and Afro-Cuban traditions.

Cuban President Raul Castro greeted Francis when he arrived on Saturday in Havana, becoming the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit the island. The pope celebrated Mass in the capital's Plaza of the Revolution on Sunday and also met with President Raul Castro and Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro.

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

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