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FILE - In this Saturday, June 21, 2014 file photo, Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski is welcomed by his supporters at a railway terminal in Minsk, Belarus. The prominent Belarus opposition figure Ales Bialiatski and leading imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh have been awarded the 2020 Swedish Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” along with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko, File)

Belarus activist shares ‘Alternative Nobel’ with 3 others

Oct. 1, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A prominent Belarus opposition figure and an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer on Thursday were awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” together with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. Ole von Uexkull, the head...

Migrants walk along a highway in hopes of reaching the distant United States, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Hundreds of migrants have begun walking from this northern Honduras city toward the Guatemala border testing a well-trod migration route now in times of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Hundreds of migrants set out from Honduras amid pandemic

Oct. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of migrants began walking Wednesday night from this city in northern Honduras toward the Guatemala border, testing a well-trod migration route now in times of the novel coronavirus. Calls for a new migrant caravan to leave from the San Pedro Sula bus station Oct. 1...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, lounge chairs fill an empty beach in Cancun, Mexico. In a bill approved unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz, File)

Mexican congress votes to fine people who block beach access

Sep. 30, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. The bill approved unanimously Tuesday also requires property owners to allow the public access through their lots to...

Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

Experts find about 15 skeletal remains in central Mexico

Sep. 29, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico’s most violent state said they have found skeletal remains that may belong to the bodies of about 15 people near the city of Irapuato. Relatives of missing people led them to a site where bones were scattered on the ground or in plastic bags, Guanajuato...

Influencers behaving badly: Mexico kicks them out of ruins

Sep. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeological authorities in Mexico said Tuesday they kicked some cast members of a popular local “Jersey Shore”-style reality show out of the Mayan ruins of Uxmal after they behaved "immaturely" and refused to wear masks or follow social distancing rules. It was the...

Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

Court rules against mother of teen who drowned in Belize

Sep. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday to halt a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a teen who drowned during a trip to Belize more than four years ago. The court unanimously ruled that Tomari Jackson’s mother, Adell Forbes, could not proceed with the lawsuit since it was...

Locals walk past a mural dedicated to Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Smallpox was brought to Mexican lands by the Spanish and played a significant role in the downfall of the Aztec Empire Smallpox and other newly introduced diseases went on to kill tens of millions of Indigenous people in the Americas who had no resistance to the European illnesses. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

500 years ago, another epidemic swept Mexico: smallpox

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There were mass cremations of bodies; entire families died and the inhabitants of the city, afraid to pull their bodies out, simply collapsed their homes on top of them to bury them on the spot. The scene, beyond even the current coronavirus pandemic, was a scourge brought 500 years ago...

Cemetery workers dig fresh graves in a section of the Valle de Chalco Municipal Cemetery which opened early in the coronavirus pandemic to accommodate the surge in deaths, in Valle de Chalco on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico ups COVID-19 'estimate' to 89,612 deaths

Sep. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico upped its “estimated” COVID-19 deaths to 89,612 on Monday, and boosted estimates of its total number of cases to 870,699, almost 137,000 more than it previously recognized. Even with the new estimated death toll, Mexico is still in fourth place world wide behind...