Latest Latin America and Caribbean News

A long row of unsold 2020 Kona sports-utility vehciles sits outside a Hyundai dealership as dealers struggle to entice buyers locked down as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus Monday, March 30, 2020, in Littleton, Colo. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Latest: EPA asking Americans to watch what they flush

Mar. 30, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Navy hospital ship arrives in New York City. —Japan...

Pinellas County Sheriff, Sgt. Bryan Bingham talks with a couple reminding them of social distancing from others not in their household. Despite warnings and roadblocks dozens of vehicles made their way onto the Pinellas County side of Gandy blvd. at the unofficial Gandy Beach on the first weekend of the safer at home order on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Deputies at one time responded to the area to remind citizens to keep their distance from others and avoid gathering in groups. (Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida governor doesn't want cruise ship to dock in state

Mar. 30, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn't want the people on a cruise ship where four people died and others are sick to be treated in Florida, saying the state does not have the capacity to treat outsiders as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. DeSantis said later Monday he misspoke when he said...

4.2 quake hits southern Puerto Rico amid coronavirus curfew

Mar. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Puerto Rico at a shallow depth and was felt across the U.S. territory on Monday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 5 kilometers near the southwest coastal town of Guanica. No damage was reported. The quake hit during...

In this March 20, 2020 photo, make-up artist Nadia Muñoz applies lipstick while listening to the television news about the first person in Peru who died of Coronavirus in an upper-middle-class neighborhood of Lima, Peru.

Coronavirus hits rich and poor unequally in Latin America

Mar. 30, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — From Mexico City to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Chile, the coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region, where many of Latin America's first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United...

Group stranded in Honduras over virus concerns back in WVa

Mar. 30, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Members of a church group gobbled fast food upon their return to West Virginia after becoming stuck in Honduras for two weeks during a mission trip. Sixteen members of the Morgantown Church of Christ arrived back home early Friday, The Dominion Post reported. “We all sat...

A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....

The Zaandam cruise ship is anchored in the bay of Panama City, Friday, March 27, 2020. Several passengers have died aboard the cruise ship and a few people aboard the ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the cruise line said Friday, with hundreds of passengers unsure how long they will remain at sea. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Authority: Stranded ships begin transiting Panama Canal

Mar. 29, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Panama Canal Authority said Sunday that two cruise ships carrying more than 1,800 passengers and crew — some infected with COVID-19 — stranded off the Central American country and hoping to reach port in Florida had begun the process of transiting the canal. The...

Delaware brides forced to postpone nuptials as virus spreads

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Lauren Hinkle was worried her wedding dress might not make it in time for her April wedding. Now, though, Ms. Hinkle — and brides across the state — are postponing their nuptials as COVID-19 forces large-scale events to halt. “We have family members...

Opposition political leader Juan Guaido greets supporters during a march before it was blocked by police in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Guaido called for the march aimed at retaking the National Assembly legislative building, which opposition lawmakers have been blocked from entering. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Guaido urges unity government backed by loans to fight virus

Mar. 28, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called Saturday night for the creation of a "national emergency government" of diverse political leanings to fight the spread of the coronavirus with the assistance of $1.2 billion in international loans. Speaking in a video released on Twitter,...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin during his flight to visit Chernigovets coal mine, in Beryozovsky, Kemerovo region, Russia. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Rosneft’s trading arm and its CEO, accusing the Geneva-based firm of providing a critical lifeline to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Rosneft hands Venezuelan oil business to Russian state firm

Mar. 28, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Rosneft has transferred its assets in Venezuela to a company fully owned by Vladimir Putin's government, a move apparently intended to shield Russia's largest oil producer from U.S. sanctions while Moscow continues showing support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the...