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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...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The chocolate Labrador retriever is paid with treats and massages of his...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009, file photo, former hostages, from left, Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell pose for a portrait in New York. The American defense contractors held for years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they were seeking to claim. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune

Jul. 3, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors when a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffed an appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. ...

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

Jul. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of...

FILE - This file photo shows a reward poster released on March 26, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Justice, for Venezuelan former General Cliver Alcala-Cordones after the U.S. Justice Department indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and several aides on narcoterrorism charges. The former general, who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Maduro, claims he's unable to afford private counsel in the U.S. narcotics case, according to his attorney in late June. (Department of Justice via AP, File)

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

Jun. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that...

Pedestrians, some wearing protective face masks, walk through a street market in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 25, 2020. With Latin America now the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic, but with hundreds of millions relying on these markets for food and livelihoods, the debate now centers on whether and how they can ever operate safely. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Latin America's critical food markets fuel virus spread

Jun. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As the coronavirus...

The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)

Australia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Jun. 25, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. The joint bid beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA's ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for...

Power outages reported along Colombia's Caribbean coast

Jun. 24, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A power blackout Wednesday hit several large cities near Colombia’s Caribbean coast that are experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases, raising worries about operations at hospitals treating COVID-19 cases. The mayor of the popular tourist destination of Cartagena warned...

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...