AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

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Posted: Jul 18, 2016 12:00 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

With the Copa America soccer tournament wrapped up, the Copa Libertadores competition ended its hiatus as Colombia's Atletico Independiente and Ecuador's Independiente del Valle won their semifinal matches last week to earn spots in the championship.

Elsewhere in the region, Brazilian military jets flew over Rio de Janeiro in a show of force aimed at demonstrating that the city will be safe for the Olympics beginning Aug. 5.

In Venezuela, the economic and political crisis was illustrated by the many hours that the country's citizens must spend in lines waiting buy the most basic foodstuffs and household supplies.

Mexican teachers marched once more to vent their anger with President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government is trying to push through an overhaul of the education system.

During an annual celebration in Saut d'Eau, Haiti, Voodoo pilgrims bathed in a waterfall that they believe to have purifying powers. Bolivian women modeled local fashion designs to promote the Andean style and beauty of Aymara women, who are commonly called Cholitas in Bolivian slang.

Argentines banged pots and pans as thousands demonstrated in Buenos Aires against utility fee hikes implemented by the administration of President Mauricio Macri. Others danced the tango in the street as dance room owners joined the protests.

In Paraguay, 11 farmers were sentenced to between four and 35 years in prison for the killings of six police officers during a 2011 shootout that broke out as officers evicted farmers from land they had seized. Eleven farmers were also killed in the June 15, 2011, confrontation.

Cuban officials warned that they will pull the licenses of private taxi drivers who raise fares in Havana, acting as the government has said the island faces months of energy restrictions.

A crossbow sharpshooter in Mexico City triggered a series of pre-set crossbows culminating in an arrow piercing the apple above his own head during media event to promote the magic show "The Illusionists 1903."

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This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.

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