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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 photo, a couple hug as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ...
This Nov. 1, 2017 photo shows a pair of work gloves and a rope on an eroded surface at the Ferrominera Orinoco, in Ciudad Guayana, Bolivar state, Vene...
In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 photo, a man floats in the water as he releases a small-scaled boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the se...
This Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 photo shows an aerial view of the Manduvira River near Arroyos y Esteros, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
In this Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 photo provided by the government news agency Andina, firemen recover bodies from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was...
In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 photo released by the Panama Foreign Ministry, Mexico's former Quintana Roo state Gov. Roberto Borge looks over his sho...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 photo, police officers drive their bicycles past a mural art by Brazilian artist Carlos Bobi in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 photo, Mexico City's "Grand Warlock" Antonio Vazquez holds up a tarot card as he makes his annual predictions regarding...
In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 photo, members of Sao Paulo's Commerce Association release fifty thousand balloons to celebrate the New Year in Sao Paul...
In this Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 photo, a rainbow arches over the Sugar Loaf mountain as a man runs in Botafogo beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Pho...

In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 photo, a couple hug as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ...

This Nov. 1, 2017 photo shows a pair of work gloves and a rope on an eroded surface at the Ferrominera Orinoco, in Ciudad Guayana, Bolivar state, Vene...

In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 photo, a man floats in the water as he releases a small-scaled boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the se...

This Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 photo shows an aerial view of the Manduvira River near Arroyos y Esteros, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

In this Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 photo provided by the government news agency Andina, firemen recover bodies from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was...

In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 photo released by the Panama Foreign Ministry, Mexico's former Quintana Roo state Gov. Roberto Borge looks over his sho...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 photo, police officers drive their bicycles past a mural art by Brazilian artist Carlos Bobi in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...

In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 photo, Mexico City's "Grand Warlock" Antonio Vazquez holds up a tarot card as he makes his annual predictions regarding...

In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 photo, members of Sao Paulo's Commerce Association release fifty thousand balloons to celebrate the New Year in Sao Paul...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 photo, a rainbow arches over the Sugar Loaf mountain as a man runs in Botafogo beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Pho...

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.

Brazilians joined the world in welcoming 2018 with fireworks, parties and traditions that included releasing small-scale boats filled with offerings to the sea goddess Yemanja into the waters of Copacabana Beach. Also in Brazil, the abortion debate heated up amid a rising tide of conservatism that clashed with an increasing number of women coming out of the shadows to tell their stories.

In Peru, rescuers finished pulling 51 bodies from the wreckage of a bus that tumbled over a cliff in one of the deadliest vehicle accidents in the nation's history. The tragedy took place on a narrow stretch of highway known as the "Devil's Curve."

Panama extradited former Mexican Gov. Roberto Borge to his homeland where he is wanted on corruption charges. The Central American country had been holding him for more than six months.

In Mexico City's press club, dozens of journalists gathered for the "Grand Warlock" Antonio Vazquez, known for his consistently inconsistent record of prognostication. His annual predictions have become one of this country's most reliably strange and inexplicably popular New Year's traditions.

Years of neglect and corrupt management have left in decay Ciudad Guayana, a would-be Pittsburgh carved from the jungles at the edge of Venezuela's Amazon. Photographer Rodrigo Abd and Caracas correspondent Scott Smith offered a glimpse into the struggling state-run factories in Venezuela and the workers who are hoping for a shifting trend.

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Curated by Photo Editor Anita Baca.

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