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The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...

Brazil still debating dubious virus drug amid 500,000 deaths

Jun. 18, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — As Brazil hurtles toward an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000 — second-highest in the world — science is on trial inside the country and the truth is up for grabs. With the milestone likely to be reached this weekend, Brazil's Senate is...

The Latest: Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at parks

Jun. 15, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. The company said Tuesday that firework shows would resume at the beginning...

Brazil: 41 COVID-19 cases connected to Copa America event

Jun. 14, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health ministry has documented 41 cases of COVID-19 related to the Copa America, including 31 players or staffers and 10 workers who were hired for the event. The ministry said in a statement that all workers who tested positive were in...

Brazil OKs national guard to Indigenous area after attacks

Jun. 14, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's government on Monday authorized the dispatch of national guard troops to its largest Indigenous territory in the Amazon following attacks by illegal miners on the Yanomami people. The Justice Ministry authorized the deployment, which was...

The Latest: Lebanon marks daily record of vaccinations

Jun. 13, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT — Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million. The Health Ministry said nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday alone in...

Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally

Jun. 12, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask in violation of local pandemic restrictions. The conservative president waved...

The Latest: Brazil president fined for not wearing mask

Jun. 12, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110...

Committed Brazil a favorite to defend Copa America title

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s international players were reluctant to play in the Copa America on home soil. Now that they’re committed, they're favored to win it. Argentina still looms as a threat to Brazil's title defense, but now as a visiting team. ...

Trump-appointed ambassador to Brazil resigns after 14 months

Jun. 10, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador known for friendly ties with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tendered his resignation after just over a year in the position and is leaving the diplomatic service, he said in a statement on Thursday. Ambassador Todd...