AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

June 7-13, 2024

Within Bolivia, the world’s third-biggest producer of the coca leaf, and of cocaine, the ancient leaf has inspired spiritual rituals among Indigenous communities for generations — and more recently, among the well-heeled with a deluge of coca-related products.

Amid Mexico’s heat wave and drought, suffering birds are getting air-conditioning and monkeys with heatstroke are being rescued by non-governmental groups.

Argentine senators voted 37 to 36 to give their overall approval to an overhaul bill after hours of heated debate while protesters — urging lawmakers to reject President Javier Milei’s austerity plan — clashed with police outside Congress.

A fleet of Russian warships made up of a frigate, a nuclear-powered submarine, an oil tanker and a rescue tug, crossed into Havana Bay after drills in the Atlantic Ocean. The flagship frigate, adorned with the Russian and Cuban flags, was greeted by a 21-cannon salute.

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.


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