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Pat Austin takes COVID-19 swabs in for testing at the state drive-thru testing location UTEP Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The testing drive-thru site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Oct. 27, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the tightly knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the...

Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter)

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Oct. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents of the storm-pummeled Gulf Coast steeled themselves for yet another tropical weather strike Tuesday as Tropical Storm Zeta took aim at southeast Louisiana, fraying the nerves of evacuees from earlier storms and raising concerns in New Orleans about the low-lying city’s...

Nicaragua approves "cybercrimes" law, alarming rights groups

Oct. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s unicameral legislature approved legislation on Tuesday mandating prison sentences for those who use online platforms to spread false information or information that could raise alarm among people. The bill had been pushed by President Daniel Ortega’s...

An anti-government protester runs from police water cannons, on the day Chileans vote in a referendum to decide whether the country should replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Eager for change, Chile faces long road to new constitution

Oct. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The fireworks and street celebrations are over in Chile, and now many months of hard work and uncertainty loom for a population impatient for change. One of Latin America’s most affluent nations, and also one haunted by social and economic inequality, plans to draft a new...

National Guard troops equipped with riot gear stand guard at Las Pilas dam, two days after withdrawing from the nearby Boquilla dam after clashing with hundreds of farmers, in Camargo, Chihuahua State, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday he regretted the killing of a woman and the wounding of her husband following a Tuesday clash between National Guard troops and farmers over water. (AP Photo Christian Chavez)

Mexico arrests 6 Guard members in water protest death

Oct. 27, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Guard announced Tuesday that six of its members have been arrested in the death of a woman killed when Guard troops allegedly opened fire on her vehicle. The troops had withdrawn from a dam in northern Chihuahua state following a clash with protesters angry about water...

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with his wife Lilian Tintori and their son and daughter pose for a photo after a news conference in Madrid on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López who has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president is holding a news conference in Madrid. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

From Spain, top dissident vows to fight for free Venezuela

Oct. 27, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan politician who for years has led some of the biggest challenges to the government of Nicolás Maduro, pledged Tuesday from his self-imposed exile in Spain to continue fighting to “free” his homeland. López, who spent over six years in...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump holds a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump spent four years upending seven decades of American trade policy. He started a trade war with China, slammed America’s closest allies by taxing their steel and aluminum and terrified Big Business by threatening to take a wrecking ball to $1.4 trillion in annual trade with Mexico and Canada.
 Trump’s legacy on trade is likely to linger, regardless whether Joe Biden replaces him in the White House in January 2021.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

From Beijing to Brussels, Trump's trade wars at a glance

Oct. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he would shake up American trade policy. That he did. From Beijing to Brussels to Mexico City, he waged war with trading partners on multiple fronts. Here's a look at four tumultuous years of Trump trade policy: TRADE WAR WITH CHINA To rebalance...

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo President Donald Trump speaks at the United States Steel Granite City Works plant in Granite City, Ill.  Trump spent four years upending seven decades of American trade policy. He started a trade war with China, slammed America’s closest allies by taxing their steel and aluminum and terrified Big Business by threatening to take a wrecking ball to $1.4 trillion in annual trade with Mexico and Canada. Trump’s legacy on trade is likely to linger, regardless whether Joe Biden replaces him in the White House in January 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Trump trade policy: 4 years of high drama. Limited results.

Oct. 27, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent four years upending seven decades of American trade policy. In what became his defining economic act, Trump launched a trade war with China. On another front, he taxed the steel and aluminum of U.S. allies. And he terrified America's own corporations by...

Elena Suazo, a kindergarten cafeteria worker, puts on the protective gear she brought from home, outside the entrance to the COVID-19 wing of José Gregorio Hernández Hospital which used to be the emergency room, as she prepares to enter and care for her 76-year-old hospitalized father, in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. In this ruined country, the only way to ensure that he received the care he needed was to do it herself, regardless of the dangers to her own health. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans brave COVID wing to bathe, feed sick loved ones

Oct. 27, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaning against a hospital wall for balance, Elena Suazo wiggled each foot into blue protective pants. Then she slipped her arms into a surgical gown and snapped on white rubber gloves, finally ready to enter the COVID-19 wing. Suazo is not a nurse. She is a cafeteria worker at a...

Photographed through a door from outside the José Gregorio Hernández Hospital, Mirley Avila feeds her father Miguel Avila inside the COVID-19 wing in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, on a day when there weren't enough nurses so they let her in to feed him, change his sheets and undergarments. According to Caracas Nurses College President Ana Rosario Contreras, a 2018 survey by the organization found that at least 6,000 nurses have abandoned Venezuela and that the number has grown since. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans brave COVID wing to bathe, feed sick loved ones

Oct. 27, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaning against a hospital wall for balance, Elena Suazo wiggled each foot into blue protective pants. Then she slipped her arms into a surgical gown and snapped on white rubber gloves, finally ready to enter the COVID-19 wing. Suazo is not a nurse. She is a cafeteria worker at a...