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.
A former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, killed himself as he was about to be arrested in a corruption case tied to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, while ex-Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was hospitalized as he faces a similar investigation.
Roman Catholics participated in Holy Week observances across Latin America at the approach of Easter Sunday.
On the Colombia-Venezuela border, Venezuelans crossed illegally into the neighboring nation near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, where Venezuela’s government is allowing only students, seniors and the sick to cross. People in Venezuela’s capital saw the first delivery of humanitarian aid brought in by the International Red Cross.
Young students from poor communities received instruction in the intricacies of classical ballet in Chorrillos, a poor neighborhood of Peru’s capital.
Police and demonstrators clashed near Ecuador’s presidential palace during a protest against the policies of President Lenin Moreno’s government. Panamanians prepared to hold general elections May 5.
In Cuba, international artists showcased new works at the Havana Biennial, which is meant to foster art appreciation among the public.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stood at attention in the rain during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro marking Army Day. In Sao Paulo, teams competed in the Red Bull Soapbox Race.
In soccer, Victor Santos of Brazil’s Flamengo celebrated after scoring in a Copa Libertadores match, while coach Miguel Faria of Mexico’s Cruz Azul gestured his anguish at his team failing to score in a Mexican soccer league game.
Gallery edited by photographer Dieu Nalio Chery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Follow him on Twitter at @CheryHaiti