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David Biller holds a photo of himself and his father on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at his apartment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The photo is from when they watched the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sept. 11, 2012, at Fenway Park, in Boston. One month later, the author moved to Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

VIRUS DIARY: As time ran short, a son rushed to say goodbye

Sep. 22, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No man is an island, the poem says. But amid pandemic quarantine, when my dad started having episodes of feeling faint, he seemed so isolated. Coronavirus protocols meant consulting a doctor by video who told him his symptoms weren’t worrisome, and he only needed to be careful...

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the EU Commission, speaks at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, following the informal talks of the EU Trade Ministers on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.  (Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via AP)

Key EU states worry South America trade pact may hurt Amazon

Sep. 21, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU countries remained divided Monday on whether to approve a preliminary free trade deal drafted last year with South American countries because of concerns related to the Amazon deforestation and the respect of European standards. Speaking at an informal meeting of the 27-nation...

Ada Mendoza's nephew touches her pregnant belly while standing in her parents' apartment where she lives with her partner and seven relatives in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Mendoza, who must use public transport to get to her prenatal care visits, is doing her best to avoid contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP Photos: Mothers-to-be face challenges in Venezuela

Sep. 21, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The birth of a first baby is usually a source of immense joy for couples. In Venezuela, however, the worries can override the excitement. Twenty-four-year-old Adaimar Mendoza became pregnant for the first time in the midst of her nation’s worst economic crisis and the...

An honor guard with the American Legion Post 374 of Millard wear face masks against COVID-19 present arms during the graveside service of David Owen Cary at the Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

Sep. 20, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after...

Fishermen ply their trade in the Tapajos river in Alter do Chao, district of Santarem, Para state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The riverside region dubbed

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

Sep. 20, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing out over the water, and to take day trips offering the chance to meet Indigenous people and see pink...

In this handout photo released by Colombia's Presidential Press Office, Colombian President Ivan Duque and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bump elbows before their meeting at the presidential house in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of four South American countries — three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist government is under intense U.S. pressure. (Nicolas Galeano/Colombia's Presidential Press Office via AP)

Pompeo finishes Latin America tour with focus on Venezuela

Sep. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of four South American countries — three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist government is under intense U.S. pressure. After a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque on Saturday, the two...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks at Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo speaking during a press conference at the Boa Vista Air Base in Roraima, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The stop in Brazil is part of Pompeo’s three-day visit of his South American tour. (Bruno Mancinelle/Pool via AP)

Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on Venezuela

Sep. 18, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the small nation of Guyana on Friday looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer. During the brief visit, Pompeo and President...

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra greets reporters after addressing Congress in Lima, Peru, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Vizcarra’s job is on the line Friday as opposition lawmakers push through an impeachment hearing criticized as a hasty and poorly timed ouster attempt in one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Peru president survives impeachment vote amid virus turmoil

Sep. 18, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra easily survived an impeachment vote Friday night after opposition lawmakers failed to amass enough support to oust the leader as the country copes with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. The decision came after long hours of...

Peru’s president survives impeachment vote amidst COVID-19 turmoil

Sep. 18, 2020 10:52 PM EDT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s president survives impeachment vote amidst COVID-19 turmoil.
Indian passengers queue up to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER — The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus. The Denver Post reported that the university said in an email to affected students...