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Coverage of Brazil and Rohingya earn AP staffers National Headliner Awards

, by Lauren Easton

Reporting on horrifying violence across Brazil and the plight of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar earned AP journalists top honors in the National Headliner Awards, announced today by the sponsoring Press Club of Atlantic City.

AP staffers share first prize in the International News Beat Coverage or Continuing Story category for their documentation of brutal violence across Brazil fueled by fallout from the country’s worst recession in decades and erosion in myriad aspects of security and political crisis. In video, text and photos, AP’s Brazil staff brought these issues to light by going deep into slums, prisons and police ranks.

The five stories that won the award are:

Rio’s kids are dying in the crossfire of a wave of violence

Rising violence takes huge psychological toll in Rio favelas

Homeless in Rio skyrockets, creating tensions, violence

Chopped off heads, torn out hearts in brutal Brazil gang war

100 police killed in Rio, on pace to be worst year in decade

For photography, Dar Yasin’s gripping image of a Rohingya Muslim man holding his infant son, who drowned when the boat they were traveling in capsized, as his wife cries upon reaching Bangladesh, earned him first prize honors in the Spot News Photography category.

Rohingya Muslim man Naseer Ud Din holds his infant son Abdul Masood, who drowned when the boat they were traveling in capsized just before reaching the shore, as his wife Hanida Begum cries upon reaching the Bay of Bengal shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Sept. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Visual journalist Felipe Dana’s photo series “The Battle for Mosul,” earned second prize for photo essay or story for his pictures of devastation in the Iraqi city.

This July 11, 2017, photo of airstrikes targeting Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul, Iraq, is among the images that won second prize in the Photo Essay/Story category. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

See the full list of winners here.

AP reporting on the Rohingya exodus and triumph and tragedy in Mosul has also been recognized with prestigious awards from the Overseas Press Club of America.