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Some Venezuelans took time off for Carnival last week despite continued nationwide anti-government protests that have claimed 21 lives since they started Feb. 12, while the government marked the one-year anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death.  Meanwhile, Salvadorans went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president after a campaign in which gang violence was one of the main issues, and Colombia held congressional elections under heightened security. Boys gathered for a pickup game of soccer in a Rio de Janeiro slum, while Mexico hosted the FIA WRC Mexico Rally. It was time for the annual Tattoo Show in Argentina, one of the largest events in Latin America dedicated to that art. Brazilians ended their Carnival celebration with exuberant parades at the Sambadrome in Rio, while a Roman Catholic priest in Colombia walked through his church's neighborhood to offer blessings to commuters on Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lent season of prayer and fasting before Easter.
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In this Friday, March 7, 2014 photo, Victor Peralta poses for a picture during the 10th annual Buenos Aires Tattoo Show in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Tattoo Show is one of the largest events in Latin America dedicated to art. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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In this Thursday, March 6, 2014 photo, demonstrators prepare to throw molotov bombs against Bolivarian National Police officers during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela. A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed earlier today in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Friday, March 7, 2014 photo, barefoot boys gather for a pickup game of soccer at the Sao Carlos slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil will host the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament starting in June. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this Friday, March 7, 2014 photo, forensic workers lift into the bed of a truck the body of an alleged gang member found on the shoulder of a road in Nejapa on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador. Gang violence is one of the main issues for voters who head to the polls Sunday to elect a president in the country's runoff. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Wednesday, March 5, 2014 photo, Catholic priest Jesus Cardona places ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead of a woman traveling by bus in Bogota, Colombia. Cardona, 39, walked through the neighborhood of his church the morning of Ash Wednesday to offer blessings to commuters at the start of the Lent, a season of prayer and fasting before Easter. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Saturday, March 8, 2014 photo, a Colombian mounted police unit patrols the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. Security has been heightened in Bogota in preparation for Sunday's legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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A clown counts the money he earned while painting children's faces during Carnival celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Some Venezuelans are taking time off for carnival despite two weeks of nation-wide opposition protests. After almost a year after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has been rocked by weeks of violent protests that the government says have left several dead. President Maduro appears ready to use Chavez's almost mythical status to steady his rule as protesters refuse to leave the streets. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A demonstrator runs to confront a line of Bolivarian National Guard officers during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death has not completely pulled demonstrators from the streets as the government apparently hoped. President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that he was adding Thursday and Friday to the already scheduled long Carnival weekend that includes Monday and Tuesday off, and many people interpreted it as an attempt to calm tensions. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Venezuelan riot police stand at the ready with their shields during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death has not completely pulled demonstrators from the streets as the government apparently hoped. President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that he was adding Thursday and Friday to the already scheduled long Carnival weekend that includes Monday and Tuesday off, and many people interpreted it as an attempt to calm tensions. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Kevin Spacey, from left, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Degeneres and Jared Leto join other celebrities for a "selfie" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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In this Wednesday, March 5, 2014 photo, a dog wearing a cape stands on a tank flying a flag decorated with an image of Venezuela's former President Hugo Chavez at a military parade commemorating the one year anniversary of Chavez's death in Caracas, Venezuela. The anniversary of Chavez's death was marked with a mix of street protests and solemn commemorations that reflected deep divisions over the Venezuela he left behind. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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A man sprays foam on a fellow reveler during Carnival celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Some Venezuelans are taking time off for carnival despite two weeks of nation-wide opposition protests. After almost a year after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has been rocked by weeks of violent protests that the government says have left several dead. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 photo, children stand on a subway air vent during Carnival celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela. Some Venezuelans are taking time off for carnival despite two weeks of nation-wide opposition protests. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Saturday, March 8, 2014 photo, children pose with a life-size cardboard cutout of Venezuela's former President Hugo Chavez while waiting for the arrival of President Nicolas Maduro in Bolivar Square for a rally to commemorate International Women's Day in Caracas, Venezuela. This week marked the one year anniversary of Chavez's death. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

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Residents gather in a public square decorated to resemble a Carnival beach scene, during an anti-government demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death has not completely pulled demonstrators from the streets as the government apparently hoped. President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that he was adding Thursday and Friday to the already scheduled long Carnival weekend that includes Monday and Tuesday off, and many people interpreted it as an attempt to calm tensions. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Demonstrators hold up posters with images of Venezuelans who were killed in the past two weeks during the recent unrest, at a rally with human rights activists in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death has not completely pulled demonstrators from the streets as the government apparently hoped. President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that he was adding Thursday and Friday to the already scheduled long Carnival weekend that includes Monday and Tuesday off, and many people interpreted it as an attempt to calm tensions. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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In this Saturday, March 8, 2014 photo, a Colombian mounted police unit patrols the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. Security has been heightened in Bogota in preparation for Sunday's legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Women dance during Carnival celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Some Venezuelans are taking time off for carnival despite two weeks of nation-wide opposition protests. After almost a year after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has been rocked by weeks of violent protests that the government says have left 18 dead. President Maduro appears ready to use Chavez's almost mythical status to steady his rule as protesters refuse to leave the streets. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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Bolivarian National Guard officers fire teargas at demonstrators during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death has not completely pulled demonstrators from the streets as the government apparently hoped. President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that he was adding Thursday and Friday to the already scheduled long Carnival weekend that includes Monday and Tuesday off, and many people interpreted it as an attempt to calm tensions. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Best Pix From Latin America

Some Venezuelans took time off for Carnival last week despite continued nationwide anti-government protests that have claimed 21 lives since they started Feb. 12, while the government marked the one-year anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death.  Meanwhile, Salvadorans went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president after a campaign in which gang violence was one of the main issues, and Colombia held congressional elections under heightened security. Boys gathered for a pickup game of soccer in a Rio de Janeiro slum, while Mexico hosted the FIA WRC Mexico Rally. It was time for the annual Tattoo Show in Argentina, one of the largest events in Latin America dedicated to that art. Brazilians ended their Carnival celebration with exuberant parades at the Sambadrome in Rio, while a Roman Catholic priest in Colombia walked through his church's neighborhood to offer blessings to commuters on Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lent season of prayer and fasting before Easter.

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