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Vice President Mike Pence, right, talks to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as they wait for their lunch at Beth's Burger Bar, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Pence is scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to discuss their plans for re-opening during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 20, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

As the U.S. and other countries loosen their coronavirus restrictions, it’s back to business, but not business as usual. The gradual relaxing of stay-at-home orders imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus has come with new restrictions on just about everything: shopping, going to the beach,...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, soldiers patrol a neighborhood in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico. Mexico's drug war has long played out in dusty northern border cities or the poppy fields of its southern mountains, but now the killings have moved to the conservative industrial heartland state of Guanajuato. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico faces continued drug gang violence despite pandemic

May. 20, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homicides in Mexico dropped only slightly in April despite widespread lockdowns and social distancing measures for the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting the pandemic has done little to stem drug gang violence. Killings nationwide amounted to 3,020 in April, down from 3,078 in March. That...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 18, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Monitor. May 13, 2020. Schools must be prepared for wide range of abilities Gov. Greg Abbott probably made the right call when he ordered Texas’ public schools to remain closed for the rest of the spring semester. Students’ long absence from class, however, mean special challenges face educators...

In this May 2, 2020, photo, Danny, a senior member of the Hard Livings gang, helps distribute food with rival gang members in Manenberg neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. The gangs are working together, under the direction of a preacher, to deliver bread, flour and vegetables to poor families who are struggling during South Africa's coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Gangs deliver food in poor Cape Town area amid lockdown

May. 18, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Preston’s new face mask is emblazoned with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag. While protecting him from the coronavirus, it would normally also put him in danger in Manenberg, one of a number of violent and poor neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cape Town known as...

A man wearing a face mask walks by a screen showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S.Korea: Rules stay relaxed despite virus spike

May. 13, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea: No plans to backtrack on relaxed rules despite...

In this photo released by El Salvador Presidency Press Office police wearing masks as precautions against the new coronavirus guard inmates, also wearing masks, during a security operation after President Nayib Bukele decreed maximum emergency in prisons housing gang members at the Izalco prison in San Salvador, El Salvador, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Bukele ordered the emergency the day after more than twenty people were killed throughout country that authorities said were ordered from prisons. (El Salvador President Press Office via AP)

El Salvador's jail crackdown on gang members could backfire

Apr. 29, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Sealing some Salvadoran prisoners’ cells with sheet metal is a draconian measure sure to draw accusations of human rights violations, but President Nayib Bukele circulated photos of the cell modifications himself, counting on the support of a population traumatized...

A worker disinfects ticket gates next to a poster about precautions against the new coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The signs read

The Latest: South Korea hopes for vigilance during holiday

Apr. 29, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Putin extends Russia's shutdown to May 11. —China...

In this Saturday, April 25, 2020 photo released by the El Salvador presidential press office, inmates are lined up during a security operation under the watch of police at Izalco prison in San Salvador, El Salvador. Last weekend there were 47 killings in El Salvador, a surge in violence that the government alleges was directed from gangs in prison. The government reacted by releasing photos of imprisoned gang members stripped virtually naked and stacked against each other as punishment, and President Nayib Bukele said he authorized the use of lethal force against gangs and ordered that their members be put in the same prison cells, creating the potential for more bloodshed. (El Salvador presidential press office via AP)

El Salvador leader fights crime and virus, amid criticism

Apr. 28, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The most popular leader in Latin America is a slender, casually dressed millennial with an easy manner on Twitter and a harsh approach that critics call increasingly frightening. As his first year in power comes to a close, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele is fighting...