Latin America

As Virus Swamps Peru, Venezuelan Migrants Collect the Dead

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Faustino López was terrified after his wife, Angélica, was hospitalized with the coronavirus last month.

  • May 21, 2020
  • 11:42 AM

Iran Pushes Burgeoning Businesses With Venezuela as a Right

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Iran’s ambassador to Venezuela said Wednesday that the two nations, both under increasing U.S. pressure, are exercising their right to trade freely in a deal that includes shipping the South American nation five tankers of gasoline to relieve deep shortages.

  • May 20, 2020
  • 6:03 PM

Mexico City Virus Deaths Triple Official Toll, Group Says

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A registry of death certificates in Mexico City suggests there were 4,577 cases where doctors mentioned coronavirus or COVID-19 as a possible or probable cause of death, more than three times the official death toll in the city.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 5:22 PM

In Argentina, the Next Generation Finds Its Voice

Ofelia Fernández is the youngest lawmaker in Latin America. Despite online hate, she’s leading the youth movement for the political rights of women.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 4:34 PM

‘This Is War’: Virus Charges Beyond Latin American Hot Spots

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities stretching from Chile to the Colombian Amazon in an alarming sign that the pandemic may be only at the start of its destructive march through the region.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 2:16 PM

AT&T Quits Venezuela as US Sanctions Force It to Defy Maduro

MIAMI (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday it will immediately ditch Venezuela’s pay TV market as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 1:21 PM

El Salvador President Battles Other Branches Amid Pandemic

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s fight with the other two branches of government continued Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic after he suffered another defeat at the constitutional court and threatened to veto legislation passed overnight by the congress.

  • May 19, 2020
  • 1:11 PM

More Guatemalans Deported From US Test Positive for Virus

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Ten more Guatemalans deported from the United States last week have tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 6:17 PM

Local Leaders Resist Mexico President’s Push for Reopening

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Local governments across Mexico pushed back Monday against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s call to reopen the economy in some 300 townships that do not have active cases of coronavirus, with leaders saying they preferred to wait until June before resuming normal activities.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 1:59 PM

Adopt a Grandparent: Young Help the Old in Bolivian Pandemic

“Adopt a Grandparent” urges volunteers to help senior citizens if they need safe support.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 12:57 PM

Praise and Push-Ups for Brazil’s Embattled Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters —and joined some in a series of push-ups— who gathered before the presidential offices Sunday to back his open-the-economy drive even as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the country.

  • May 18, 2020
  • 12:28 PM

Virus Heads Upriver in Brazil Amazon, Sickens Native People

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — In the remote Amazon community of Betania, Tikuna tribe members suspect the coronavirus arrived this month after some returned from a two-hour boat trip down the Solimoes River to pick up their government benefit payments.

  • May 17, 2020
  • 6:16 PM

El Salvador Quarantine Centers Become Points of Contagion

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has imposed some of the hemisphere’s toughest measures against the new coronavirus: closing his country’s borders, imposing a national quarantine and dispatching police and the army to detain violators.

  • May 17, 2020
  • 5:43 PM

More Guatemalan Deportees From US Test Positive for Virus

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Three Guatemalans deported from the United States this week tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon arrival in their country, Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Friday.

  • May 16, 2020
  • 11:55 AM

Brazil’s Health Minister Resigns After One Month on the Job

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s health minister resigned Friday after less than a month on the job in a sign of continuing upheaval over how the nation should battle the coronavirus pandemic, quitting a day after President Jair Bolsonaro stepped up pressure on him to expand use of the antimalarial drug chloroquine in treating patients.

  • May 15, 2020
  • 5:26 PM

Costa Rican Lawmakers Cite Coronavirus to Delay Marriage Equality

A 2018 court ruling to legalize gay marriage is set to take effect on May 26. Some lawmakers are criticizing moves to delay its implementation.

  • May 15, 2020
  • 12:54 PM

Infections Soar as Mexico Moves Toward Restarting Economy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that other countries have seen after loosening restrictions.

  • May 15, 2020
  • 12:33 PM

‘Buena Gente’ Short Film: An Affectionate Look at Four Musician Friends in Cartagena

With verite style filmmaking, the short pokes a little fun at the tourism industry, its tourists, while looking at the deep equities that exist in the Colombian city, where the underprivileged cater to the rich and no questions are asked—it’s the norm.

  • May 15, 2020
  • 11:20 AM

Mexico and Brazil Report Highest Single-Day Deaths Since Start of Pandemic

Mexico reported 353 new deaths, and Brazil reporter 881.

  • May 14, 2020
  • 12:53 PM

Nicaragua Releases More Than 2,800 Inmates Amid Pandemic

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua released more than 2,800 prisoners Wednesday, one day after the death of an inmate who reportedly had suffered from respiratory problems and while the government maintained there was no local spread of the coronavirus in the country.

  • May 13, 2020
  • 9:23 PM

Mass Arrests and Overcrowded Prisons in El Salvador Spark Fear of Coronavirus Crisis

Even before COVID-19, infectious disease spread rapidly among Salvadoran prisoners.

  • May 13, 2020
  • 3:59 PM

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