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.

The leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress said he was prepared to assume the role of interim president in a deepening confrontation with socialist President Nicolas Madura, who was called illegitimate by the Lima Group of South American nations.

In Honduras' capital, a mother wept beside the coffin of her son in the same street where he and four other young people were slain.

An Associated Press report from Haiti detailed the slaughter of at least 21 unarmed civilians by men wearing police uniforms in Port-au-Prince last November, underling the erosion of security since U.N. peacekeepers ended a 13-year mandate a year earlier.

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More Central American migrants formed a new caravan in Honduras and began the long trek toward Mexico's border with the United States.

An Argentine judge ordered 85 residents of the remote Patagonian town of Epuyen to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help contain an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died.

The Dakar Rally came to an end with cars, motorcycles and trucks dashing across the unforgiving sands of Peru's desert.

In Paraguay, the volunteer firefighters of San Roque Gonzalez began raising funds for their station by selling calendars with nude pictures of themselves.

Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical "Hamilton" to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico to raise money for artists and cultural groups.

In Brazil, the National Museum opened its first exhibition since a devastating fire.

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Curated by photojournalist Jorge Saenz in Asuncion, Paraguay.