Photo coverage by The Associated Press in Latin America last week focused on politics and on the rapid approach of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The image of a friendly looking three-toed sloth captured the attention of many people, getting viral treatment on Facebook. Brazilian photojournalist Felipe Dana spotted the baby sloth peering out a door of a floating house while working in Manaus, a city in the heart of Amazon rainforest and one of 12 World Cup host cities.
With just three weeks to go to the opening World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia, Brazilians staged more protests against the billions of dollars in public money spent on preparations for international soccer’s premier event.
Still, soccer fever abounds in the region. In Mexico, Leon soccer players celebrated their second consecutive national title by tossing their coach into the air and Colombian soccer fans living in Buenos Aires staged an enthusiastic welcome for a bus carrying their country’s national team to Argentina for final training before the World Cup.
In Colombia, accusations of bribes from drug traffickers, spying and email hacking turned Sunday’s presidential election into an ugly slugfest. Former Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga came in first, but didn’t get enough votes to avoid a runoff election with President Juan Manuel Santos, who was second in the five-candidate race.
Colombia’s president interrupted a busy final stretch of campaigning to offer condolences to the families of 32 children who died when a fire swept through a bus taking them home from Sunday school.
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This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.