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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

March 9, 2018

In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 photo, women wear masks in the likeness of vaginas during an International Women's Day march in Santiago, Chile. Many women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red Wednesday as International Women's Day was observed with a multitude of events around the world. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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.

Women across the region marked International Women’s Day with demonstrations demanding equality and an end to violence against women. Two days earlier, legislators in Argentina presented a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, following heavy pressure from rallies by women’s groups.

Cuba held its 20th Cigar Festival, where the island’s tobacco industry reported increased yields and better quality in last year’s crop, making 2017 one of the best years ever for Cuban farmers and cigar producers.

Venezuela’s economic crisis continued to push rising numbers of people into Colombia, creating a refugee crisis that could soon match the flight of Syrians from that war-torn Middle East nation. In Caracas, female members of the Bolivarian Militia marked the fifth anniversary of President Hugo Chavez’s death.

In Chile, people celebrated after the Chilean-made movie “A Fantastic Woman” won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, with kiosks full of newspapers carrying it as front page news.

“Community police” were providing security in small towns across Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, locking up criminal suspects and punishing those who commit minor crimes with work, short imprisonment and re-adaptation.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar underwent surgery on a fractured toe and could be out for up to three months. Mexico played host to the Mexico City ePrix auto race and the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, while soccer fans cheered a game between Queretaro and Cruz Azul.

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This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Lesilie Mazoch in Mexico City. On Twitter: @LeslieMazoch

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