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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

January 19, 2018

In this Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 photo, Hunikui Antonio Borges, from Acre, Brazil, listens to a speech during a congress of Amazonian indigenous, in Puerto Maldonado, part of Peru's Madre de Dios region in the Amazon, one day ahead of Pope Francis' arrival. Francis will meet with Amazonian indigenous groups who are hoping he will call on the state to grant them formal land rights and encourage the government to support the cleanup of rivers and land spoiled by illegal mining and deforestation. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.

Pope Francis landed in Peru Thursday for a four-day trip that will take him into the sweltering Amazon jungle to meet with indigenous communities. Native men, women and children made long treks through the Amazon to see Francis when he visits Puerto Maldonado.

Near this forlorn corner of the Amazon that Francis will visit Friday, Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd introduced us to Father Pablo Zabala, a 70-year-old Spanish priest whose long white beard and bare feet are a regular sight in the bars frequented by miners and sex workers.

Before his departure from Chile to Peru, Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander, an astonishing end to a trip that had been meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that had cost the Catholic Church its credibility here. At the start of his trip, Francis met with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered.

In Haiti, AP photographer Chery Dieu-Nalio visited Camp Caradeux ahead of the 8th anniversary of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake to document the life of its residents, many still living in tents. For many, the anniversary of the quake was made more painful by President Donald Trump’s reported vulgar comment about Haiti and Africa. Trump denied using the language.

The former president of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was pulled to safety after military police launched tear gas at protesters in Tegucigalpa amid a dispute over election results.

In Brazil, scientists say a virus is the main cause for the death of close to 200 guiana dolphins in little more than 40 days on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

Troops were sent to Rio due to the increase of the violence. A surprise operation took place three weeks ahead of Carnival, when thousands of tourists are expected to arrive in the city.

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

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