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Beds sit inside a classroom of a primary school inside the Sambadrome, repurposed as a shelter to house the homeless amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazil's Carnival beat fades, making way for virus shelter

Mar. 30, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A month ago, a massive Carnival party bursting with samba music and smiling faces raged inside Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome. Today, its floodlights are off and there's no hint of celebration as its grounds serve a humanitarian purpose: protecting the homeless from the new...

Mike Rustici, left, and Linda Scruggs exit customs after arriving on a flight from Lima, Peru, Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Miami International Airport in Miami. The pair's plight illustrates the desperation people stuck abroad experienced as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Peru confirmed its first case of the virus on March 6. By the time Scruggs and Rustici arrived a week later, it was spreading. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

US tourists stranded abroad desperate to secure return

Mar. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

After being confined to a hotel room in Peru and watching “heavily armed guards” patrolling the streets, Linda Scruggs was awash with emotions Saturday when she glimpsed out the airplane window at the Florida Everglades below. Scruggs and her traveling companion, Mike Rustici, were among dozens of...

In this March 17, 2020 photo, Oscar Brun, left, shares his

Virus fears curb old mate custom in parts of South America

Mar. 20, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Sharing the mate beverage is an old tradition in parts of South America. The new coronavirus is changing that. In Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina, people customarily consume the beverage - made by steeping leaves of the mate plant in hot water - in groups, sharing a metal...

Correction: LT--Argentina-Transgender Newscaster story

Mar. 19, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a story March 17 about Argentina's first transgender newscaster, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the newscaster, Diana Zurco, said that she asserted her identity while a teenager by saying “I'm a trans boy.” In fact, she said: “I'm...

In this March 5, 2020 photo, Diana Zurco smiles during a rehearsal for her debut as the country’s first transgender newscaster, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her job as a co-anchor of Public Television's prime time evening news program is a milestone for an excluded community that is often the target of violence and has a life expectancy roughly half that of the rest of the population. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Argentine television gets its first transgender news anchor

Mar. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diana Zurco did not attend her high school graduation because she refused to receive a diploma with her birth name. At 17 and considered a boy by school officials, she grew her hair long and adopted the name Diana after the alien character on the show “V” about...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows to toward a Japanese flag before delivering his speech at the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo. Prime Minister Abe might be the biggest loser if the Tokyo Olympics don't go off as planned in just over four months. Abe has attached himself to the success of the Olympics since pushing hard for Tokyo's selection at an IOC meeting in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tokyo was picked over Istanbul by billing itself as a “safe pair of hands.

Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed

Mar. 17, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might be the biggest loser if the Tokyo Olympics don't go off as planned in just over four months. Abe has attached himself to the success of the Olympics since pushing hard for Tokyo's selection at an IOC meeting in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tokyo was...

Wearing masks, passenger Gladys Ruiz Torres walks with her daughter Natali Oliva to the departure lounge at the international airport in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 6, 2020. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced the first case of the new coronavirus in the country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Argentina announces first coronavirus death in Latin America

Mar. 7, 2020 10:22 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A 64-year-old man died in Argentina as a result of the new coronavirus, the first such death in Latin America, health authorities announced Saturday. The Ministry of Health said the patient lived in Buenos Aires and had been confirmed with COVID-19 after coming down with a...

In this Nov. 19, 2019 photo, Associated Press video journalist poses for a portrait in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Byrne, a seasoned video journalist at The Associated Press who has directed reporting on civil unrest, economic instability and other major stories in Latin America, will lead video coverage as the AP's Deputy News Director for Newsgathering for Latin America and the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Leo La Valle)

Paul Byrne named AP's deputy news director in Latin America

Mar. 3, 2020 9:35 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Paul Byrne, a seasoned broadcast journalist at The Associated Press who has directed reporting on civil unrest, economic instability and other major stories in Latin America, is taking on an expanded regional role. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Byrne will lead video coverage as the...

This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

Soccer player Mara Gomez poses for a portrait at her home in La Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her women's professional soccer team, Villa San Carlos. She is waiting for confirmation from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) she can play. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina. Tall and athletic, Gómez looks at the mementos...