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Fashion school graduate Phoebe St. Leger poses for a photo in  Florence, Italy, Jan. 25, 2018. Around the world, young people armed with new degrees, diplomas and professional qualifications are struggling to enter the workforce as the pandemic pushes the global economy into recession. British fashion school graduate Phoebe St. Leger’s dream of landing a job at a design label is on hold. The coronavirus forced the cancellation of her university graduating class's final-year fashion show, which removing the chance to show her knitwear collection to people in the industry, some of whom might have liked her work enough to offer her a job. (Shannon Davidson via AP)

Pandemic wrecks global Class of 2020's hopes for first job

Aug. 10, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British fashion school graduate Phoebe St. Leger’s dream of landing a job at a design label is on hold. Like many others in the global Class of 2020, the pandemic is clouding her career ambitions. The coronavirus forced the cancellation of her university graduating class's final-year...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, a family waits outside their home to receive food handouts from the local government, in the Cristo del Consuelo neighborhood of Guayaquil, Ecuador. In March and April, Guayaquil was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. But Guayaquil has stabilized since then, sending medical teams and equipment elsewhere in Ecuador and taking in virus patients from outside the city. (AP Photo/Angel de Jesus, File)

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

Aug. 6, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. That was in March and April, when the country's economic hub on the Pacific coast suffered as much as anywhere in the world from the new coronavirus and...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 handout file photo provided by Galapagos National Park, a park ranger takes part in the inspection of a Chinese flagship where 300 tons of marine species, several of them in danger of extinction, were found, in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, as the ship and its crew are detained. In July 2020, a congregation of about 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galápagos archipelago is stirring diplomatic tension and raising concerns about the threat to sharks, manta rays, and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.  (Galapagos National Park via AP, File)

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

Jul. 30, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site. ...

People wait in line to get COVID-19 tests, outside a health clinic in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The Ecuadorian capital has experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases since the government started to reopen the economy last month. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

After Ecuador eased its lockdown, the virus surged in Quito

Jul. 29, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Struggling to breathe, Luis Gualotuña arrived before dawn Wednesday at a coronavirus testing site in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which has experienced an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases since the government started to reopen the economy last month. Hours later,...

A doctor informs a woman about the condition of her relative who was admitted with COVID-19 to the Seguridad Social hospital in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Hundreds wait hours for coronavirus care in Ecuador capital

Jul. 28, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Hundreds of people with breathing problems waited for hours in long lines in Ecuador's capital Tuesday seeking medical attention and tests to determine if they were infected with the new coronavirus. Hospitals and funeral homes have been overwhelmed for weeks in Quito, where city...

Pedestrians wearing protective masks wait in line for food donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Virus exacts a heavy toll in Queens neighborhood of Corona

Jul. 28, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Damiana Reyes is back at work at a busy Manhattan hair salon, making highlights, blowouts and extensions. But her mind often drifts to her father, with whom she lived in Queens, before he succumbed to the coronavirus at age 76. “All my clients ask about him and then, when I return...

Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzon, who is part of Assange's legal team, addresses the media after leaving the Spain's National Court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, July 27, 2020. Spain's National Court is due to hear testimony Monday in an investigation into whether a Spanish company was hired to spy on Julian Assange during the seven years the Wikileaks founder spent in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain: Court hears testimony on whether Assange was spied on

Jul. 27, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court heard testimony Monday in an investigation into whether a Spanish company was hired to spy on Julian Assange during the seven years the WikiLeaks founder spent in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The court is investigating whether David Morales, a Spaniard, and...

This 2018 photo provided by Paolo David Escobar shows a male Hillstar hummingbird perched on a Chuquiraga jussieui flower in Ecuador. A study released on Friday, July 17, 2020 finds that the species of hummingbirds can sing and hear frequencies beyond the range of other birds. The unusually high-pitched songs may help the birds woo above background noises in their windy, mountain environment. (Paolo David Escobar/Neoselva Photography via AP)

Ecuadorian hummingbirds chirp ultrasonic songs of seduction

Jul. 17, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Perched on a flowering shrub on a windy Andean mountainside, the tiny Ecuadorian Hillstar hummingbird chirps songs of seduction that only another bird of its kind can hear. As the male sings, he inflates his throat, causing iridescent throat feathers to glisten princely purple. The female...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Ecuador's newly named Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner thanks the National Assembly, in Quito, Ecuador. Sonnenholzner resigned as vice president on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, saying he would return to the private sector. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)

Ecuador VP resigns, setting off talk of a presidential bid

Jul. 7, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean vice president Otto Sonnenholzner resigned Tuesday, setting off speculation that he could be preparing a presidential bid for the South American nation's elections in February. Sonnenholzner has become one of Ecuador's most visible politicians since leading a task force...