AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

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Posted: Oct 14, 2016 12:00 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

A former Catholic priest in Bolivia who is now married has sparked anger among the Andean country's Catholic leadership by heading the "National Church of Bolivia," using vestments and rituals so similar to that of the Roman Catholic Church that it has created confusion among the faithful.

In Argentina, a soccer fan lights himself up in blue-and-white lights at a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Paraguay and a fifth-division soccer club was given a Dec. 15 deadline to fix their crooked field or risk its permanent closure. It looks more like a trapezoid than a rectangle.

Brazil's Neymar had to sit out the last half of his team's game with Bolivia after a rough play left his face bleeding, and Cuba hosted the first exhibition soccer game between it and the U.S. in 69 years.

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Haitians were burying their dead while some communities in the devastated country have yet to receive any assistance, leaving residents who have lost virtually everything, struggling to find shelter and potable water. Cuba was spared casualties but hundreds were left homeless.

In Brazil, children react to seeing an elephant for the first time when a convoy carrying Maia and Guida to Latin America's first elephant sanctuary passes through their town.

As babies who were born with microcephaly reach their first birthdays in Brazil, they have been found to be developing a host of health problems, like swallowing difficulties, epileptic seizures and vision and hearing problems.

A shootout between police and criminals killed at least one gunman, closed shops and blocked streets of fancy areas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Photo gallery edited by photo editor @LeslieMazoch in Mexico City. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/LatDesk

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