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Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Apr. 09, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. In the United States,...

Brazil's daily deaths from COVID pass 4,000 for first time

Apr. 09, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil reported a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000 for the first time Tuesday, becoming the second nation to go above that daily threshold. Many governors, mayors and judges are reopening parts of the economy despite lingering chaos in...

Religious party seeks gains in Peru's legislative elections

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JOSE CARLOS MARIATEGUI, Peru (AP) — On the banks of the Amazon River, in a village without electricity or drinking water, Andrea Rodrigo makes the yuca flour that her family sells in markets along Peru’s remote borders with Brazil and Colombia. The 21-year-old...

No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Apr. 09, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hospitals in Turkey and Poland are filling up. Pakistan is restricting domestic travel. The U.S. government will send more help to the state with the country's worst infection increase. The worldwide surge in coronavirus cases and deaths includes...

Ecuador, Peru to elect presidents amid strengthened pandemic

Apr. 09, 2021 08:25 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A surging coronavirus pandemic that has brought on new lockdown measures and exacerbated fatigue in Ecuador and Peru has left many voters generally indifferent to the names they will see on the ballots Sunday, when the neighboring South American nations are set to choose...

Greece OKs Venezuelan Embassy assets seizure in legal case

Apr. 09, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Justice Ministry has authorized a court order to seize assets from the Venezuelan Embassy in Athens following a court case linked to sexual misconduct and wrongful dismissal allegations made by former female staff members. The court...

Brazil top court orders probe of Bolsonaro's pandemic steps

Apr. 08, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered the Senate on Thursday to investigate the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and the full court ruled that churches can be barred from reopening during the pandemic, threatening to further strain tensions between...

In Peru, authorities allowed secret burials of virus victims

Apr. 08, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

IQUITOS, Peru (AP) — When Andrea Wong reached the field in the Amazon forest, she was confused. There were dozens of crosses planted in the red soil, but nothing to distinguish her father’s grave. “Are you sure my dad is there?” the 9-year-old asked her mother. ...

Swiss banker to Venezuelan kleptocrats becomes star witness

Apr. 08, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Matthias Krull pulls up his pant leg and slides a gardening shear on the ankle monitor that for two years has been a constant reminder of his crimes. With a court order in hand, and a child’s voice echoing from the next room, the former Swiss banker...

CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary rounds in Fort Lauderdale

Apr. 08, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The new preliminary rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 2-6, leading to the final three nations qualifying for the 16-nation group stage. Matchups on July 2 and 3 have Haiti-St. Vincent and the Grenadines,...