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People gather at Plaza Italia on the day Chileans voted 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)

2/3rds of Chilean voters back rewriting their constitution

Oct. 25, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Amid a year of contagion and turmoil, Chileans turned out Sunday to vote overwhelmingly in favor of having a constitutional convention draft a new charter to replace guiding principles imposed four decades ago under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The country's...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Maduro foe joins family in Spain after fleeing Venezuela

Oct. 25, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — After more than six years in confinement, Venezuela’n opposition leader Leopoldo López is a free man and has been reunited with his family in Madrid. López arrived Sunday in the Spanish capital following what aides described as a whirlwind escape from the Spanish...

Human remains cover bags removed from a container in a street outside an office building in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. According to prosecutor Marcelo Saldivar, seven bodies were found in the container, holding fertilizer, that left Serbia in July and arrived at Paraguay's Terport de Villeta port in October. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Bodies of migrants found in fertilizer shipment in Paraguay

Oct. 25, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan officials say workers have discovered the remains of seven people — apparently would-be migrants — in a shipment of fertilizer from Serbia. Three of the men were Moroccan and one was from Egypt, the chief investigfator, Marcelo Saldivar, told The...

A worker moves boxes at Snowman Logistics, India's largest cold storage company in Taloja, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The vaccine cold chain hurdle is just the latest disparity of the pandemic weighted against the poor, who more often live and work in crowded conditions that allow the virus to spread, have little access to medical oxygen vital to COVID-19 treatment, and whose health systems lack labs, supplies or technicians to carry out large-scale testing. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator. From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe. But...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela

Oct. 24, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president, his party said Saturday. The 49-year-old former Caracas-area mayor has been...

Colombian Dr. Camilo Rodriguez speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Rodríguez said he arrives to work in one uniform and changes into another when he treats COVID-19 patients. He lost a close friend and mentor to the virus and fears spreading it to his family. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia reaches 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Oct. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, becoming the second country in Latin America to report that number in less than a week. The nation of 50 million saw cases peak in August and has seen a decline since but still continues to register around 8,000 new...

Police detain a man, during a coronavirus anti-lockdown protest on Westminster Bridge, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Europe, U.S. watch case totals grow, debate new restrictions

Oct. 24, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to soar Saturday in many parts of the U.S. and Europe. In some cases, so did anger over the restrictions governments put in place to try to stem the tide. Oklahoma, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan were among states announcing new record highs in...

Vehicle strikes 3 Notre Dame students, killing 2, in Indiana

Oct. 24, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A vehicle struck three University of Notre Dame students, killing two of them early Saturday in the northern Indiana city that's home to the university's campus, the school's president said. South Bend police said the vehicle hit three pedestrians before crashing into a house just...