AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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Posted: Mar 21, 2016 12:08 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

Anger ratcheted up in Brazil this past week with hordes of anti- and pro-government demonstrators taking to the streets as Latin America's most populous nation grapples with numerous crises while preparing to host the Summer Olympics.

The country is at the center of an outbreak of the Zika virus, which health experts believe can cause birth defects. Its economy, long an engine for neighboring countries, has sharply contracted along with a spike in inflation and common announcements of job layoffs. A big bribery scandal at the state oil company has been linked to growing numbers of the political elite.

An air pollution emergency in Mexico City was lifted after atmospheric conditions improved following four days of authorities ordering some hundreds of thousands of cars off the road. Mexico's capital used to regularly reach high smog levels, but air quality has improved significantly since the 1990s.

The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to Mexico a decade after they last performed in the country, delighting a crowd of about 60,000 who packed a sports stadium in the capital.

At the concert, Mick Jagger poked fun at actor Sean Penn, whose secret interview with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman while the convicted drug lord was a fugitive from justice has provoked controversy in Mexico. "Sean Penn came to interview me at the hotel, but I escaped," Jagger quipped to cheers and roars of laughter.

Cubans prepared for President Barack Obama's arrival on Sunday, hoping that a new era in relations with the United States will bring an end to the U.S. trade embargo and improve life for everyone on the island.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.

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