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AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

JANAURY 1 -7, 2021

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press Photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.

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A police officer poses for a photo with members of the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico dressed as Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men, who arrived at the National Palace to deliver "a gift", their annual report on the situation of the country's children, to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. In Mexico, it is customary for people to give gifts on the Jan. 6 religious holiday of Epiphany, celebrated as Three Kings Day, to commemorate the arrival of the Magi, or three wise men bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. (AP PhotoMarco Ugarte)

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Seen through a balcony gate, the new president of Venezuela's National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez addresses newly sworn-in lawmakers as he is surrounded by photos of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and independence hero Simon Bolivar, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. The ruling socialist party assumed the leadership of Venezuela's congress on Tuesday, the last institution in the country it didn't already control. (AP PhotoMatias Delacroix)

Maria Amelia, right, hugs her niece Flaviana Silva through a plastic barrier during a visit to the Casa Clara home for the elderly in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The home set up the system which follows COVID-19 restrictions and protection measures for the elderly residents of the home. (AP PhotoEraldo Peres)

Cemetery workers carry the remains of 89-year-old Abilio Ribeiro, who died of the new coronavirus, to bury at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Brazil passed 200,000 deaths Thursday, rising 1,524 in the previous 24 hours to a total of 200,498 for the pandemic, according to data released by Brazil’s health ministry. That is the second highest total in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University’s database. (AP PhotoEdmar Barros)

City street sweepers Angelo Paz Soldan, right, Teodosia Tito, center, and Biviana Torres Aderiano, pose for a portrait in their uniforms and masks, amid the new coronavirus pandemic at the Mesa Redonda market in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, published Jan. 5, 2021. "This pandemic was very hard for us," said Torres Alderiano, who has eight co-workers who have died from COVID-19. "I'm very afraid of catching it, but thank God we are in good health, always taking all necessary care," she said. (AP PhotoRodrigo Abd)

People play basketball at the Carlos Antonio Lopez park in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP PhotoJorge Saenz)

A Guaricha performer dances in the annual New Year's celebration known as La Diablada Pillarena, in Pillaro, Ecuador, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. In the past the feast has kicked off with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people as they can dressed as different characters. This year, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, only 40 characters were allowed to perform, and without an audience. (AP PhotoDolores Ochoa)