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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...

Rare poached cacti found in Italy sent home to native Chile

Jun. 18, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Armed with a search warrant, Italy’s police wildlife unit entered the house of a suspected cactus trafficker, finding over 1,000 rare cacti poached from Chile's Atacama Desert in a locked room. This February 2020 discovery became one of the largest known...

Austrian rubber products company opening site in Newnan

Jun. 16, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — An Austrian rubber products company is expanding its presence in Georgia with a new headquarters and manufacturing site that is expected to create 70 jobs, the governor's office announced. Semperit Industrial Products is locating its headquarters for...

COVID hits Ecuador doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

Jun. 16, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — They were a pair of young doctors in love who put off marriage to save lives. As the pandemic raged in Ecuador last year, they posted a social media photo of themselves dressed in biohazard suits kissing and holding a sign saying: “Today was to...

Car bomb explodes inside Colombia military base; 36 injured

Jun. 15, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A car bomb exploded inside a military base in the Colombian border town of Cucuta on Tuesday, leaving 36 people injured, including three in critical condition, officials said. During an emergency visit to the base, Defense Minister Diego Molano...

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...

In Argentina, pandemic exacts a heavy toll on tango culture

Jun. 15, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a huge ballroom in a Buenos Aires basement, the tables are stacked. On the orchestra stage, the piano lid is closed near unplugged speakers and billboard images of tango celebrities. The empty, dark dance floor at the Viruta Tango Club...

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...

Colombia names new ambassador to US amid rights concerns

Jun. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president named a new ambassador to Washington on Monday, as he tries to improve his nation’s image abroad and maintain bilateral programs with the U.S. that have been jeopardized by recent abuses against protesters. President...