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A man wears a mask featuring the smile of comic book character The Joker, amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

In Latin America, face masks become a form of expression

May. 6, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Rarely used in Latin America outside hospitals before the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are now compulsory for subway riders, supermarket shoppers and even joggers in some countries — and they're becoming a colorful part of the region's daily life. Motifs showing up on masks are...

The Spanish message “Closed because of coronavirus COVID-19 hangs on the door of a business in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Pandemic crisis squeezes Cuba's fragile private businesses

Apr. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Until a few weeks ago, Julio Álvarez was the image of a successful Cuban entrepreneur. He had a dozen cars — classice Chevrolets and Fords thaT arrived before the 1959 revolution — conveying photo-snapping foreign tourists along Havana's seafront Malecon for $30 an hour....