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People infected with COVID-19 disease wait for an available bed, outside a public hospital in Lima, Peru, Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

'This is war': Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

May. 19, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities large and small in an alarming sign that the pandemic may be only at the start of its destructive march through the region. More than 90% of intensive care beds were full last...

In this April 27, 2020 photo, Daniel sits in grandmother's lap in their apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, as they chat via a messenger service with his father Misael Cocho. After fleeing Venezuela along with millions of others amid the country's grueling humanitarian crisis, Cocho made his way by bus to Peru — where he got odd jobs and sent money home monthly to support his mother and his 5-year-old son. But just after Cocho landed his steadiest work so far in Lima, the new coronavirus cases skyrocketed. He lost his job. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Virus prevents diaspora Venezuelans from sending money home

May. 10, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After fleeing Venezuela along with millions of others amid the country's grueling humanitarian crisis, Misael Cocho made his way by bus to Peru — where he got odd jobs and sent money home monthly to support his mother and his 5-year-old son. But just after Cocho landed his...

Rodolfo Gomez, to center, and his employees demonstrate how their design of a cardboard box can serve as both a hospital bed and a coffin, designed for COVID-19 patients, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, May 8, 2020. Gomez said he plans to donate the first units to Colombia's Amazonas state, and that he will sell others to small hospitals for 87 dollars. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian company creates bed that can double as coffin

May. 8, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian advertising company is pitching a novel if morbid solution to shortages of hospital beds and coffins during the coronavirus pandemic: combine them. ABC Displays has created a cardboard bed with metal railings that designers say can double as a casket if a patient dies....

In this photo released by Venezuela's Miraflores presidential press office, President Nicolas Maduro shows what Venezuelan authorities claim are identification documents of former U.S. special forces and U.S. citizens Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, during a online press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Maduro also touted a video showing a scruffy-looking Texas native Luke Denman, divulging details about a failed invasion as proof that U.S. authorities backed an attempt to forcibly remove him from power. (Miraflores Palace presidential press office via AP)

Maduro airs video of American detained in Venezuela plot

May. 6, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro touted a video showing a scruffy-looking American divulging details about a failed invasion as proof Wednesday that U.S. authorities backed an alleged attempt to forcibly remove him from power. Maduro aired a video of Luke Denman on state...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2018 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, security guards surround Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with protective gear as an unidentified drone interrupts his speech in Caracas, Venezuela. An exiled Venezuelan national guardsman accused of partaking in this drone attack on Maduro is among voluntary combatants in three safe houses of  former soldiers plotting a military incursion from neighboring Colombia, according to an Associated Press investigation. (Xinhua via AP, File)

Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro

May. 1, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The plan was simple, but perilous. Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolás Maduro’s...

FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, an anti-government protester sits by ammunition being used by rebel troops rising up against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as they all take cover on an overpass outside La Carlota military air base where the rebel soldiers confront loyalist troops inside the base in Caracas, Venezuela. Contrary to what the Trump administration was promised at the time, key Maduro aides never joined with the opposition and the uprising was quickly quashed. (AP Photo/Boris Vergara, File)

Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro

May. 1, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The plan was simple but perilous. Some 300 heavily armed volunteers planned to sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolas Maduro’s arrest. Instead, the ringleader of the plot is now jailed in the U.S. on...

Relatives and friends of slain Astrid Conde, a former rebel of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), carry her coffin during her funeral in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Conde was gunned down while walking her German shepherd in a park near her home in a rough Bogota neighborhood on March 5.  (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Bullets, virus: Fears multiply for Colombia's ex-rebels

Apr. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On the day that Colombia announced its first case of the new coronavirus, Astrid Conde’s body lay in a morgue with four gunshot wounds to the chest, the latest casualty in a scourge of violence against former rebel soldiers. Lockdowns prompted by the pandemic may have slashed...

In this photo taken Sunday, March 29, 2020, Boureima Gassambe speaks to The Associated Press at the makeshift camp for the internally displaced where he and around 600 others live in an abandoned school on the outskirts of the capital, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The rapid spread of the coronavirus has raised fears about the world’s refugees and internally displaced people, many of whom live in war-ravaged countries that are ill-equipped to test for the virus or contain a possible outbreak. “We ran away from the terrorists and came here, but now there’s the coronavirus, and we don’t know what will happen,” said Gassambe. (Photo/Sam Mednick)

Lack of virus testing stokes fears in world's refugee camps

Apr. 22, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

There are over 70 million people worldwide who have been driven from their homes by war and unrest, up to 10 million are packed into refugee camps and informal settlements, and almost none have been tested for the coronavirus. While the relative isolation of many camps may have slowed the virus' spread, none is...

The prototype for a low-cost ventilator for patients with COVID-19 is calibrated by engineering professors from La Sabana University, Julian Echeverry, left, and Andres Ramirez, in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Scientists in Colombia have developed a mechanical ventilator for COVID-19 patients that could cost as little as $2,000 and help the South American country to cope with a global shortage of these devices. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia rushes to make cheap ventilators for COVID patients

Apr. 16, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Engineers in Colombia have developed a mechanical ventilator for COVID-19 patients that could cost as little as $2,000 — one of numerous crash projects around the world aimed at helping ease a global shortage of the devices. The bedside machine is about the size of a small...

Venezuelan migrants leave on foot toward the Venezuelan border, with the aim of leaving Colombia after a lockdown ordered by the government in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, April 6, 2020. Many Venezuelans in Colombia say they have not been able to find work in a country where businesses remain shuttered and people have been ordered to stay inside because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

As coronavirus spreads, some Venezuelans opt to return home

Apr. 6, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia continues with a nationwide lockdown to control the new coronavirus, some of the millions of Venezuelans who have gone abroad in recent years are deciding they are better off back in their homeland. According to Colombian authorities, nearly 600 Venezuelans returned to...