AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

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Posted: Jun 20, 2016 12:28 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Puerto Ricans held vigils and prepared to bury many of their own after authorities said nearly half of those killed at a gay nightclub in Florida had ties to the U.S. territory. The massacre of 49 people by a gunman shocked people worldwide. But it was felt particularly hard in Puerto Rico because so many victims were either born here or were just a generation removed.

AP photographer Moises Castillo traveled to the eastern mountains of Guatemala where he spent four days working documenting the onset of what experts call "seasonal hunger," the period between June and September when the previous harvest runs out. A prolonged drought has worsened the hunger problem among the Chorti indigenous population, hit especially hard in areas like Chiquimula.

AP writer Hannah Drier and photographer Ariana Cubillos reported on how the soaring crime and economic chaos stalking Venezuela is ripping apart a once up-and-coming school system, robbing poor students of a chance at a better life. Officially, Venezuela has canceled 16 school days since December. In reality, Venezuelan children have missed an average of 40 percent of class time, a parent group estimates, as a third of teachers skip work on any given day to wait in food lines.

An Argentine official in the former government of President Cristina Fernandez was arrested as he allegedly tried to hide millions in dollars and other currencies at the monastery that is home to nuns devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. A neighbor of the monastery called authorities after seeing a man throwing bags onto the property.

A maximum-security prison that houses more than a 1,000 18th street gang members was closed down by the Salvadoran government, which bussed the inmates to different medium-security prisons. Authorities say they have been unable to prevent the amount of illegal activities happening inside the prison walls.

Defending champions Chile thoroughly dismantled Mexico in a 7-0 Copa America Centenario quarterfinal trouncing, at California's Levi's Stadium.

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Photo gallery curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.

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