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Opposition political leader Juan Guaido greets supporters during a march before it was blocked by police in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Guaido called for the march aimed at retaking the National Assembly legislative building, which opposition lawmakers have been blocked from entering. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Guaido urges unity government backed by loans to fight virus

Mar. 28, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called Saturday night for the creation of a "national emergency government" of diverse political leanings to fight the spread of the coronavirus with the assistance of $1.2 billion in international loans. Speaking in a video released on Twitter,...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin during his flight to visit Chernigovets coal mine, in Beryozovsky, Kemerovo region, Russia. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Rosneft’s trading arm and its CEO, accusing the Geneva-based firm of providing a critical lifeline to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Rosneft hands Venezuelan oil business to Russian state firm

Mar. 28, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Rosneft has transferred its assets in Venezuela to a company fully owned by Vladimir Putin's government, a move apparently intended to shield Russia's largest oil producer from U.S. sanctions while Moscow continues showing support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to journalists about the new coronavirus at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, March 27, 2020. Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Bolsonaro is calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary. (AP Photo/Andre Borges)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble

Mar. 28, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 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: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

This image provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a reward poster for Cliver Alcala-Cordones that was released on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The U.S. Justice Department has indicted Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism. (Department of Justice via AP)

AP Sources: Alleged Maduro co-conspirator is in DEA custody

Mar. 27, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday. Cliver Alcalá has been an outspoken critic of...

The Norwegian Encore cruise ship is docked at the Port of Miami on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Miami, Fla. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

Cruise stocks sink after missing out on economic-relief bill

Mar. 27, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

Shares of cruise lines have taken on more water after the industry's major players were shut out from government assistance as part of the major economic-recovery bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday The bill passed by Congress says companies getting loans or loan guarantees must be...

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution amid the spread of the new coronavirus passes a mural that in Spanish reads

AP Explains: US indicts Venezuela's Maduro as narcoterrorist

Mar. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration has indicted Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and more than a dozen members of his inner circle, stepping up measures to drive the socialist leader from power. U.S. prosecutors announced the charges Thursday, accusing Maduro of...

A motorist rides past as residents talk on an alley at a low-income neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 23, 2020. As the virus spreads, the World Health Organization has pointed out that the future of the pandemic will be determined by what happens in some of the world’s poorest and most densely populated countries. From Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg the question is: What do you do if there is no space to socially distance yourself from others in some of world’s most unequal regions? (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

From Dhaka to Gaza: How do you socially distance in a crowd?

Mar. 27, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Josna Begum lives with her son in a house with four other families in a slum in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the world’s most densely populated city. “Distancing is impossible for us,” she said. The 35-year-old, who occupies a single room with her...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, a man walks past a satellite dish station in El Sombrero, Venezuela. Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, according to a government statement on March 26, 2020.  (AP Photo/Howard Yanes, File)

Venezuela's only telecoms satellite is lost in space

Mar. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped South American nation. The Chinese-built satellite was launched among much fanfare in 2008 under the watch of former President Hugo...

A baseball field sits empty in the Catia neighborhood during a government imposed quarantine to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus in Caracas, Venezuela, early Friday, March 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

Mar. 27, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

MARCH 20-26, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The gallery was curated by Associated Press photojournalist Esteban Felix in Santiago, Chile. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram:...