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Workers spray disinfectant in front of the MADE, a major club in the international tourist district of Itaewon, in Seoul, South Korea, on May 12, 2020. As South Korea significantly relaxes its rigid social distancing rules as a result of waning coronavirus cases, the world is paying close attention to whether it can return to something that resembles normal - or face a virus resurgence. Already, a mini-outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul has tested South Korea’s widely praised method for dealing with the disease _ essentially a combination of rapid tracing, testing and treatment, along with stringent social distancing practices. (Lim Hun-jung/Yonhap via AP)

Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening

May. 27, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Mediterranean beaches and Las Vegas casinos laid out plans to welcome tourists again, South Korea announced a spike in new infections Wednesday and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions, revealing the setbacks ahead for other nations on the road to reopening. ...

Venezuelan Olympic medalist Stefany Hernandez, a BMX racing cyclist, rides across an empty Bolivar Avenue amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Despite a quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19, Hernandez trains three times a week in hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP PHOTOS: Olympic dreams for locked-down Venezuela athletes

May. 27, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Stefany Hernández zips on her bike across a vast, empty boulevard in Venezuela's capital, getting in training where she can find it. A 2015 world champion bike motocross racer, she's trying to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, now delayed until next year, while coping with...

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of government and ruling party officials at his office in Tokyo Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Japan’s Cabinet has approved a proposed 32 trillion-yen ($296 billion) supplementary budget to help fund measures to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan approves largest budget for combined $2.1T

May. 27, 2020 8:53 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: — Virus expands grip in many areas, US nears 100,000 deaths....

This image released by Honeywater Films shows Diana Kennedy in a scene from the documentary

Documentary focuses on unlikely champion of Mexican cuisine

May. 27, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you add garlic to your guacamole, we have bad news: You're not doing it right. Do you mince the onion? That's also a no-no. And, please, leave the avocado lumpy. So says 97-year-old Diana Kennedy, a foremost authority on traditional Mexican cuisine. Over many decades, she has mastered,...

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...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Global pandemic: Through the eyes of the world's children

May. 27, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the global pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military...

Homes cover a hill in the San Agustin neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, May 17, 2020. President Nicolas Maduro is relaxing quarantine measures over the weekend by allowing children and older adults out of their homes for a few hours each day. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's apparent respite from COVID-19 may not last long

May. 27, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Defying dire predictions, Venezuela so far seems to have avoided the coronavirus wave striking much of South America. But experts warn that while the virus may have been slow to spread here, due in large part to Venezuela’s isolation, the number of daily illnesses could...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, a man rides a bicycle in front of the government house during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even amid a global pandemic, there’s no sign that corruption is slowing down in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of possibly fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and medical supplies proliferate. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Spread of coronavirus fuels corruption in Latin America

May. 27, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Even in a pandemic, there's no slowdown for swindlers in Latin America. From Argentina to Panama, a number of officials have been forced to resign as reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and other medical supplies pile up. The thefts are driven by price-gouging from...

Board: Puerto Rico to see 65% surplus drop amid debt crisis

May. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances prepared to vote Wednesday on a revised fiscal plan as it warned the island’s surplus could plunge by 65% and that the government is unable to pay current debt obligations. The plan will serve as a...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask with a logo reading in Portuguese

Brazil envoy to U.S. praises warning, aid despite travel ban

May. 27, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is grateful for a U.S. warning that it intended to deny entry to foreigners arriving on flights from Brazil and for “gifts” to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the South American country's top diplomat in Washington said in...