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Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Mother of UN rights chief Bachelet dies in Chile

Jul. 2, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The mother — and once fellow inmate — of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, now the U.N.'s human rights chief, died Thursday in Chile at age 93, the country's Air Force announced. Ángela Jeria Gómez was imprisoned along with Bachelet by the military...

In this June 13, 2020 photo, chef Leonor Espinosa stirs a rice dish in the kitchen of Leo's restaurant, in Bogota, Colombia. Facing the new coronavirus pandemic Espinosa said,

Iconic restaurants adapt to lockdowns in Latin America

Jun. 23, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Before the pandemic began, the Leo restaurant prided itself on taking customers on a culinary journey through Colombia. Inside the refurbished colonial home, diners feasted on set menus of at least 12 courses that included a thin slice of Pirarucu fish from the Amazon wrapped in...

Peruvian migrant coffin maker Cesar Ambrosio finishes the details on a production line of coffins at the Bergut Funeral Services in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, June 18, 2020. The coffin production has had to increase up to 120%, according to Nicolas Bergerie, owner of the factory. His more basic coffin model is called the COVID model and is made to cope with the increase of deaths during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Chileans mass produce caskets to deal with COVID onslaught

Jun. 20, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nicolás Bergerie's family has been making coffins for four generations, with barely any alteration. But when he saw the coronavirus ravaging Europe, he decided to roll out a new product. The “COVID” is a casket that eliminates precious woods, detailed carvings and...

Nicolas Suarez, 16, poses for a photo as he hangs from a soccer goalpost in a soccer field that's closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown in the Fraga neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Suarez, who is recognized as one of the best players in his neighborhood, said that even though he’s afraid of the virus he needs to keep playing, as he has aspirations to go professional. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Coronavirus puts poor Argentines' soccer dreams on hold

Jun. 17, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The apartment blocks of Fort Apache are emblazoned with murals of Carlos Tevez, the superstar forward for Argentina's most popular pro soccer team and its national squad. “I come from a place where they said it was impossible to succeed,'' one mural reads, and Tiago Ruíz...

Strong earthquake, little damage in northern Chile

Jun. 3, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strong earthquake shook northern Chile early Wednesday, but its epicenter was relatively deep beneath a sparsely populated desert region and there were no reports of serious damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake hit at 3:35 a.m. (0735 GMT), with...

Residents look out their window in the Villa Azul neighborhood, quarantined by authorities after 50 some people tested positive for the new coronavirus, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 25, 2020. The virus initially brought to the region largely by wealthy citizens or visitors coming from Europe and the United States is now increasingly concentrated in poorer neighborhoods where residents have few means of protecting themselves. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Disease that began among rich shifts to Latin America's poor

May. 29, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The passenger from Spain that Sonia Sanchez picked up at the airport in Colombia's capital in March did not seem well. He coughed during the Uber ride in her small, red Chevrolet Spark, as he sat next to her, a precaution many of the app's drivers use to avoid attracting the...

Fanny Mendez, right, mother of 14-year-old Marlene Beltran, left, and Felipe Beltrán, 5, helps her children at home to make a cube out of paper as they listen to an hour-long lesson broadcast by the Bacata Stereo radio station during the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Funza, Colombia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The Beltrans work on dairy farms and have no internet connection at home, so the hour-long radio lesson developed by the municipal government keeps the children busy while schools are closed. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

May. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 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: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...