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In this June 1, 2014, photo, El Salvador's incoming President, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, right, and his wife Margarita Villalta wave during his swearing in ceremony in San Salvador, El Salvador. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Photo coverage by The Associated Press in Latin America and the Caribbean last week included a look at the problems suffered by highlands people in Peru as a result of the country's mining boom as well as politics, labor unrest and excitement over the World Cup.

In Brazil's biggest city, subway workers went on strike, putting at risk the only means that most soccer fans will have to reach Sao Paulo's Itaquerao stadium during the World Cup, which starts Thursday.

Near the Amazon city of Manaus, one of the World Cup host cities, 3-year-old Brazilian Kelly Silva held a snake on her family's floating house, where their exotic houseguests help them eke out a living by attracting stops by tourist boats.

In this May 16, 2013 photo, Lidia Zorilla returns to her home to get her mule in San Antonio de Juprog, Peru, as an orange cloud rises above the open-pit
In this May 16, 2013 photo, Lidia Zorilla returns to her home to get her mule in San Antonio de Juprog, Peru, as an orange cloud rises above the open-pit Antamina mine. On the edge of the nearly half mile-deep pit, blasts hurl skyward a blood-orange dust that laces the village?s pastures and fields with heavy metals, contaminating people, crops and livestock. "It penetrates your skin, like ashes from a wood fire," says Zorilla, a 34-year-old. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) (Martin Mejia/AP)

Die-hard Brazilian soccer fan Delneri Viana showed his stomach covered by a Christ the Redeemer tattoo in Rio de Janeiro. German street artist Florian Timm created giant soap bubbles on the city's Ipanema beach.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a onetime rural schoolteacher who became a rebel commander during El Salvador's long civil war, took the presidential oath, becoming the first former guerrilla to lead the Central American nation.

In Puerto Rico, public workers protested austerity measures in San Juan. Mexican photographer Andres Hernandez Gomez tried to sell instant photos in Mexico City's main plaza, the Zocalo, but said: "Everybody has cameras on their phones now, so nobody stops."

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.


In this June 2, 2014 photo, a new cable-car system links the city center of La Paz with its neighbor El Alto, Bolivia. The system is the world?s highest
In this June 2, 2014 photo, a new cable-car system links the city center of La Paz with its neighbor El Alto, Bolivia. The system is the world?s highest cable-car system. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) (Juan Karita/AP)

In this June 6, 2014, photo, the Planalto presidential palace is illuminated in Brazil’s national color in honor of the upcoming World Cup, in
In this June 6, 2014, photo, the Planalto presidential palace is illuminated in Brazil's national color in honor of the upcoming World Cup, in Brasilia, Brazil. The international soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days, with Brazil and Croatia competing in the opening match on June 12. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) (Eraldo Peres/AP)

In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo, a public worker shouts slogans during a protest against austerity measures in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Government union
In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo, a public worker shouts slogans during a protest against austerity measures in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Government union workers are protesting as lawmakers debate Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla?s proposed Fiscal Emergency Law that would impose cost-cutting measures across the central government, public corporations, municipalities and autonomous entities. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, German street artist Florian Timm, 27, creates giant soap bubbles on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil
In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, German street artist Florian Timm, 27, creates giant soap bubbles on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil is hosting the World Cup soccer tournament starting June 12. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (Hassan Ammar/AP)