- Associated Press - Friday, March 1, 2019

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

Brazilians warmed up for Friday’s official start of Carnival by staging daily street parties in which revelers in costumes and makeup paraded along the streets, spreading laughter and cheer.

Anti-government protesters clashed with Venezuelan troops after security forces blocked a high-stakes effort by the opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the country from Colombia and Brazil.

Firefighters in Rio de Janeiro worked for over six hours to rescue the driver of a commuter train caught in the tangle of wreckage after a collision with another train.

In Cuba, Havana put on its annual Habano Cigar Festival.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal returned to the Mexico Open in Acapulco after pulling out of last year’s competition, while compatriot David Ferrer planned to use the tennis tournament to hold his retirement ceremony.

A new generation of athletes appeared at one of the world’s more colorful sporting spectacles: the fighting cholitas of Bolivia, who take to a wrestling ring in the traditional billowing skirts, bowler hats and leather shoes of Aymara women.

Players of the Brazilian soccer team Corinthians celebrated after defeating Argentina’s Racing Club on penalty kicks during a Copa Sudamericana match.


Curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City. On Twitter: @Leslie Mazoch

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