Skip to Content Facebook Feature Image

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

ENT

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean
ENT

ENT

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

2024-06-21 12:09 Last Updated At:12:21

June 14-20, 2024

Indigenous women in Ecuador take on soccer by inventing a sport: handball in traditional skirts.

More Images
A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, as Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the hurricane season, formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

June 14-20, 2024

Body bags that contain the remains of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains, are gathered in a parking lot in El Placer, Ecuador, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Body bags that contain the remains of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains, are gathered in a parking lot in El Placer, Ecuador, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Margarita Salazar wipes sweat off her brow inside her home amid high heat in Veracruz, Mexico, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Margarita Salazar wipes sweat off her brow inside her home amid high heat in Veracruz, Mexico, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

A masked protester shouts to his colleagues as they block a street with burning tires as part of the national strike by the construction union, in Panama City, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A masked protester shouts to his colleagues as they block a street with burning tires as part of the national strike by the construction union, in Panama City, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

An inmate playing the goalkeeper position celebrates his team's goal during a soccer match as part of an intramural tournament at the Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, Peru, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)

An inmate playing the goalkeeper position celebrates his team's goal during a soccer match as part of an intramural tournament at the Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, Peru, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)

Cranes load and unload containers from cargo ships at Rodman Port, after Panama Canal authorities reported they will increase vessel transits through the interoceanic waterway following drought-related restrictions, in Panama City, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Cranes load and unload containers from cargo ships at Rodman Port, after Panama Canal authorities reported they will increase vessel transits through the interoceanic waterway following drought-related restrictions, in Panama City, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Faithful pray while attending a Mass recognizing the efforts of soup kitchen volunteers and priests who serve low-income neighborhoods amid the government's restrictions on distribution of subsidized food to soup kitchens, at the Virgin of Caacupé sanctuary in La Matanza, Argentina, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Faithful pray while attending a Mass recognizing the efforts of soup kitchen volunteers and priests who serve low-income neighborhoods amid the government's restrictions on distribution of subsidized food to soup kitchens, at the Virgin of Caacupé sanctuary in La Matanza, Argentina, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Police inspect the crash site where a freight train collided head-on with another train on a test run, in San Bernardo, on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Police inspect the crash site where a freight train collided head-on with another train on a test run, in San Bernardo, on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Abortion rights activists march against an anti-abortion congressional bill, along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ettore Chiereguini)

Abortion rights activists march against an anti-abortion congressional bill, along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ettore Chiereguini)

An Indian supporter cheers for his team ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and India, at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

An Indian supporter cheers for his team ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and India, at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Sissa de la Cruz, left, and Sisa Guandinango, fight for the ball during a handball match in the Indigenous community of Turucu, Ecuador, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Sissa de la Cruz, left, and Sisa Guandinango, fight for the ball during a handball match in the Indigenous community of Turucu, Ecuador, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Sao Paulo as protests sweep across Brazil in opposition to a bill that would further criminalize abortions. If passed, the law would equate the termination of a pregnancy after 22 weeks with homicide.

Panama Canal authorities reported they will increase vessel transits through the interoceanic waterway following drought-related restrictions.

Tropical Storm Alberto formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season.

This gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The selection was curated by AP photo editor Anita Baca, based in Mexico City.

Follow AP visual journalism:

AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews

X: http://twitter.com/AP_Images

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, as Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the hurricane season, formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, as Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the hurricane season, formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Body bags that contain the remains of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains, are gathered in a parking lot in El Placer, Ecuador, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Body bags that contain the remains of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains, are gathered in a parking lot in El Placer, Ecuador, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Margarita Salazar wipes sweat off her brow inside her home amid high heat in Veracruz, Mexico, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Margarita Salazar wipes sweat off her brow inside her home amid high heat in Veracruz, Mexico, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

A masked protester shouts to his colleagues as they block a street with burning tires as part of the national strike by the construction union, in Panama City, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A masked protester shouts to his colleagues as they block a street with burning tires as part of the national strike by the construction union, in Panama City, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

An inmate playing the goalkeeper position celebrates his team's goal during a soccer match as part of an intramural tournament at the Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, Peru, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)

An inmate playing the goalkeeper position celebrates his team's goal during a soccer match as part of an intramural tournament at the Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, Peru, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)

Cranes load and unload containers from cargo ships at Rodman Port, after Panama Canal authorities reported they will increase vessel transits through the interoceanic waterway following drought-related restrictions, in Panama City, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Cranes load and unload containers from cargo ships at Rodman Port, after Panama Canal authorities reported they will increase vessel transits through the interoceanic waterway following drought-related restrictions, in Panama City, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Faithful pray while attending a Mass recognizing the efforts of soup kitchen volunteers and priests who serve low-income neighborhoods amid the government's restrictions on distribution of subsidized food to soup kitchens, at the Virgin of Caacupé sanctuary in La Matanza, Argentina, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Faithful pray while attending a Mass recognizing the efforts of soup kitchen volunteers and priests who serve low-income neighborhoods amid the government's restrictions on distribution of subsidized food to soup kitchens, at the Virgin of Caacupé sanctuary in La Matanza, Argentina, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Police inspect the crash site where a freight train collided head-on with another train on a test run, in San Bernardo, on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Police inspect the crash site where a freight train collided head-on with another train on a test run, in San Bernardo, on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Abortion rights activists march against an anti-abortion congressional bill, along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ettore Chiereguini)

Abortion rights activists march against an anti-abortion congressional bill, along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, June 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Ettore Chiereguini)

An Indian supporter cheers for his team ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and India, at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

An Indian supporter cheers for his team ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and India, at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Sissa de la Cruz, left, and Sisa Guandinango, fight for the ball during a handball match in the Indigenous community of Turucu, Ecuador, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Sissa de la Cruz, left, and Sisa Guandinango, fight for the ball during a handball match in the Indigenous community of Turucu, Ecuador, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ignoring the political chaos surrounding President Joe Biden’s decision to end his reelection campaign, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will head to Asia this week on a long-planned eight-day trip aimed at shoring up ties with Indo-Pacific allies and partners but with the priority of assuring them that the United States remains committed to the region.

The State Department announced Monday that Blinken, a longtime close aide to Biden dating from the president’s days in the Senate, will travel to Vietnam, Laos, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Mongolia for a series of international and bilateral meetings. Those will include discussions in Laos with his Chinese counterpart and strategic and security talks in Tokyo and Manila also involving Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The trip had been scheduled well before Biden’s announcement Sunday that he was withdrawing from the presidential race. State Department officials said there was no discussion of canceling or postponing the trip.

In fact, they said Blinken’s attendance was all the more important to show that the changing political landscape in the U.S. would not affect the trajectory of American foreign policy, at least while Biden is president.

Numerous countries in Asia and elsewhere have expressed concerns about the implications of former President Donald Trump returning to the White House in January. Trump has cast doubt on the usefulness of U.S. alliances around the world and suggested during his first term in office that the American military presence in Japan and South Korea should be reduced or eliminated.

His first stop is in Vietnam to attend the funeral of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party and the country’s most powerful politician.

In Laos, Blinken will attend the annual meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers as well as a larger grouping that brings in senior diplomats from not only the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations but also China, Russia, India, and often North Korea.

Blinken said Friday that he would meet in Laos with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The two have had a contentious but respectful relationship as ties between Washington and Beijing have frayed over security, trade and human rights issues, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

Later, Blinken and Austin will hold talks with their Japanese and Filipino counterparts. In Tokyo, the U.S. officials will also meet with the South Korean and Australian foreign and defense ministers to discuss nuclear nonproliferation.

In Singapore, Blinken will meet with the city-state’s relatively new leadership to go over details of the long-standing U.S.-Singapore strategic partnership. In Mongolia, he plans similar discussions when he wraps his Asia trip on Aug. 1.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press after a bilateral meeting with Panamanian Foreign Minister Javier Martinez Acha at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press after a bilateral meeting with Panamanian Foreign Minister Javier Martinez Acha at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Recommended Articles