Carnival got under way in Rio de Janeiro last week despite worries in the South American country that has been the hardest hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.
Brazil's Carnival is five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. But most people ignored appeals to cover up and slather on repellent.
Mexicans made final preparations for a weeklong visit by Pope Francis that begins Feb. 12. His trip will include a one-day stop in Chiapas, where he will celebrate Mass and lunch with indigenous people. The Vatican said Francis will present a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages by priests in the southern Mexico state.
A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the capital, resulting in the killing of one ex-soldier amid a political crisis over the failure to elect a new president.
Yoko Ono brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope."
In a "Behind the Camera" feature, AP photographer Felipe Dana went back to visit a Brazilian mother and her new son who has microcephaly, which some researchers have linked to Zika. Dana reflected on how he originally met them and told about little Jose Wesley now suffering with signs of disabilities that will require constant care in the years ahead.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.
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