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A man wears a mask featuring the smile of comic book character The Joker, amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

In Latin America, face masks become a form of expression

May. 6, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Rarely used in Latin America outside hospitals before the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are now compulsory for subway riders, supermarket shoppers and even joggers in some countries — and they're becoming a colorful part of the region's daily life. Motifs showing up on masks are...

The Spanish message “Closed because of coronavirus COVID-19 hangs on the door of a business in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Pandemic crisis squeezes Cuba's fragile private businesses

Apr. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Until a few weeks ago, Julio Álvarez was the image of a successful Cuban entrepreneur. He had a dozen cars — classice Chevrolets and Fords thaT arrived before the 1959 revolution — conveying photo-snapping foreign tourists along Havana's seafront Malecon for $30 an hour....

Medics and paramedics from Cuba arrive at the Malpensa airport of Milan, Italy, Sunday, March 22, 2020. 53 doctors and paramedics from Cuba arrived in Milan to help with coronavirus treatment in Crema. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Cuban docs fighting coronavirus around world, defying US

Apr. 3, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — For two years the Trump administration has been trying to stamp out one of Cuba’s signature programs __ state-employed medical workers treating patients around the globe in a show of soft power that also earns billions in badly needed hard currency. Labeling the doctors and nurses as...