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In this undated photo, courtesy of the family of Yurancy Castillo, shows her in Lima, Peru. Castillo did not want to leave her family, but as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman decided her future rested far away, in Peru. In May, she came down with a fever and a week later went to the hospital, where after three weeks in an intensive care unit deep in southern Peru, she died at age 30. (Family of Yurancy Castillo via AP)

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

Jul. 10, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman known for her beaming smile and wild amber-colored curls decided her future rested far away, in Peru. One of her three...

Peruvian migrant Jose Collantes cries as he watches cemetery workers bury his wife Silvia Cano, who died of COVID-19 complications according to Collantes, at a Catholic cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Friday, July 3, 2020. Collantes said he preferred to cremate her in order to take the ashes home with him, but due to bureaucracy had already been waiting two weeks. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

Jul. 10, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

JULY 3-9, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: AP...

Members of the LGBTQ community gather in the courtyard of the squat known as Casa Nem to watch the weekly presentations by residents on a makeshift stage, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

Jul. 10, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen people get settled on broken couches beneath a banner reading “Cure Your Prejudice.” They face the makeshift stage where a transgender woman appears in a short, tight dress and performs to...

Storm off Mexico likely to be east Pacific's first hurricane

Jul. 9, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristina formed Thursday off Mexico's western coast and was forecast to grow into the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season by Friday morning, though it was unlikely to pose any threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had near...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, waves during a procession Corpus Christi, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite

Jul. 9, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite. Three...

President Donald Trump greets Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Mexican president's US visit cordial, lacking in substance

Jul. 9, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned to Mexico on Thursday buoyed by a cordial first encounter with President Donald Trump that successfully distracted from multiple crises at home but produced few tangible results. As they have done since López Obrador took...

A girl helps to push baskets with products that her family has for sale at a street market during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

UN says Latin America and Caribbean are COVID-19 `hot spot'

Jul. 9, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Latin America and the Caribbean have become “a hot spot” for the COVID-19 pandemic, with several countries now having one of the highest per capita infection rates and absolute number of cases in the world, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday. The U.N....

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly, jokes with lawmakers after giving a press conference at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. Cabello has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela socialist party boss announces he has COVID-19

Jul. 9, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the highest-ranking leader in the distressed South American nation thus far to come down with the virus. Cabello is considered the second-most powerful person...

Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for COVID-19, ‘feels strong’

Jul. 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for COVID-19, ‘feels strong’.