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Peru's new interim President Francisco Sagasti waves to the crowd after he was designated by Congress to lead the nation, in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Congress chose Sagasti to become the nation's third president in the span of a week after Congress ousted Martin Vizcarra and the following protests forced his successor Manuel Merino to resign. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Peru's Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader

Nov. 16, 2020 9:19 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s political crisis appeared on the verge of resolution Monday as Congress cleared the way for an elder statesman and consensus candidate to become the country’s third president in a week. People waved the nation's red-and-white flag and blared horns outside the gates of...

People celebrate after the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino, at Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Merino resigned after a violent crackdown on protests that left at least two people dead followed by an exodus of his cabinet members. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru's interim president resigns as chaos embroils nation

Nov. 15, 2020 11:45 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s interim president resigned Sunday as the nation plunged into its worst constitutional crisis in two decades following massive protests unleashed when Congress ousted the nation’s popular leader. In a short televised address, Manuel Merino said Congress acted within...

Supporters of Brazilian President Bolsonaro burn protective masks while rallying in favor of Bolsonaro's position that no one will be forced to use them and get an eventual coronavirus vaccine, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Brazil has confirmed more than 159,000 deaths from the virus, the second highest in the world, behind only the U.S. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Protests in Brazil support president in anti-vaccine stance

Nov. 1, 2020 5:33 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Small groups of protesters gathered in Brazil's two biggest cities Sunday to demonstrate against any mandate for the taking of a coronavirus vaccine, supporting a rejection campaign encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro. People assembled in downtown Sao Paulo calling for the removal of...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro listens during a presentation at the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. The Brazilian government announced the results of clinical tests with use of the drug Nitazoxanide for COVID-19 treatment. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Bolsonaro rejects coronavirus vaccine from China

Oct. 21, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday rejected the announced purchase of 46 million doses of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus being developed by a Chinese company and tested in a state governed by a political rival, prompting some to question if he was allowing...

A woman sits next to a statue of a sea lion on the waterfront during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. A recent decree from President Alberto Fernández extended quarantine measures in Argentina yet again and Mar del Plata was one of the places ordered to remain in social, preventive and mandatory isolation at least until Oct. 25. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Virus hits beach resort, as pandemic surges in Argentina

Oct. 16, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of Argentine flags dotted the sand of a beach at the Mar del Plata resort, a poignant memorial to the victims of the novel coronavirus in one of this South American country’s new virus hotspots. When the flags were planted last week, they were a tribute to...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, squatters peer from behind the iron gate of a house that about 19 families have been occupying for close to a year, before being evicted, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poor people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Brazil’s poor squeezed by less virus aid, surging food costs

Oct. 9, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Many people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. Brazil’s government, starting this month, halved the amount of its monthly emergency cash transfers to help...

A vineyard stands in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. More than 500 Pisco producers have seen their sales collapse by half and thousands of grape growers have had their fields ruined because of the late harvests, because of the strict lockdown implemented to stop COVID-19. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Pandemic takes toll on business of pisco producers in Peru

Oct. 1, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ICA, Peru (AP) — In the house where for decades she has bottled pisco, the grape brandy of South America's Pacific coast, Rosa Grados has thousands of stored liters that she has not sold because of the coronavirus pandemic. “You wait a year to get to the moment of distillation and when you are at...

Miami Marlins' Miguel Rojas (19) celebrates with Corey Dickerson, right, after Dickerson hit a three-run home run that scored Rojas and Chad Wallach in the seventh inning of Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Dickerson homers as Marlins beat Cubs 5-1 in playoff opener

Sep. 30, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins just kept fighting. When Kyle Hendricks finally stumbled, they pounced. This group of Marlins is one resilient bunch of fish. Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer off a fading Hendricks in the seventh inning, and Miami beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Wednesday in Game 1 of...

Trans person shot in Puerto Rico in 6th killing this year

Sep. 30, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said a transgender woman was fatally shot Wednesday in southwest Puerto Rico, the sixth such killing this year. Michelle Ramos Vargas, 33, was found along an isolated road near a farm in the town of San German, according to officials, who said they were...

Cubs put C Phegley, INF Vargas on playoff roster

Sep. 30, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs put catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Ildemaro Vargas on their roster for their NL wild-card series against the Miami Marlins. First-year manager David Ross had Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini in his starting lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday, so the addition of Phegley...