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Cemetery musician Victor Dzib Cima, 70, plays his accordion as he waits for clients while cemetery workers remove coffins from gravesites that belonged to families who stopped paying rent at the San Nicolas Tolentino Pantheon, where he has worked for tips for 22 years, in the Iztapalapa area of Mexico City, Friday, May 22, 2020. The cemetery is making space for more burials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is custom for cemeteries in Mexico to rent, instead of sell, grave sites. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Record virus infections, deaths are ravaging Latin America

May. 22, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world's most unequal region even as the pandemic's march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. Latin America's two largest nations —...

People infected with COVID-19 disease wait for an available bed, outside a public hospital in Lima, Peru, Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

'This is war': Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

May. 19, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities large and small in an alarming sign that the pandemic may be only at the start of its destructive march through the region. More than 90% of intensive care beds were full last...

In this May 2, 2020 photo, a sea lion sits outside a hotel that is closed because of the new coronavirus pandemic, in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The majority of the island hotels are usually occupied throughout the year, but all reservations have been canceled through July. (AP Photo/Adrian Vasquez)

Pandemic upends life on isolated, idyllic Galapagos Islands

May. 11, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ecuador (AP) — Before the coronavirus, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn’t have a single intensive care unit bed. Now, officials are racing to equip medical teams on the remote...

Triathlete Parker Albright, 18, poses in the pool during a photo shoot at the YMCA in Salem, Va., on Jan. 22, 2020. Albright has recovered from a rough patch and is looking forward to competing in her sport at the University of South Dakota. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia triathlete moves past struggles to restart career

Apr. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Parker Albright clung to the side of a rescue boat watching other triathletes swim past her in the water. “Do you want to continue?” asked the volunteer operating the small row boat. No, she didn’t. It was the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Parker, 16 at the...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, Jamie Margolin, a high school student, speaks during a rally by youth activists and others in Seattle in support of a high-profile climate change lawsuit in federal court in Eugene, Ore.

Young climate activists slowed by pandemic, but not defeated

Apr. 20, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

Jamie Margolin had not expected to be sitting in her bedroom right now. The high school senior had prom and graduation coming up, but so much more: A multi-state bus campaign with fellow climate activists. A tour for her new book. Attendance at one of the massive marches that had been planned this week for the...

In this Monday, April 13, 2020 photo provided by Jay Peak Resort, Antonella Atto, left, from Peru, receives a week's supply of food from David Marchand, resort ski patrol director, in Jay, Vt. She is among hundreds of college students from South America working at U.S. ski resorts during what was their college summer break, who are unable to return home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Melissa Sheffer/Jay Peak Resort via AP)

Foreign ski workers stranded by virus get helping hand

Apr. 18, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — They were far away from home -- young adults from Latin America, working seasonally at U.S. ski resorts. Then the coronavirus arrived, even before the snows departed. Though some made it home, others were stranded. But they were not abandoned. The resorts have stepped up to support...

Supporters of Julian Assange hold placards as they protest on the second day of a week of opening arguments for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. U.S. authorities, want to try Assange on espionage charges. A lawyer for the Americans said the Australian computer expert was an “ordinary” criminal whose publication of hundreds of thousands of secret military documents put many people at risk of torture and death. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Assange's partner reveals they had 2 children and urges bail

Apr. 12, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's partner revealed Sunday that she had two children with him while he lived inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and she issued a plea for the WikiLeaks founder to be released from prison over fears for his health during the coronavirus pandemic. Assange has been imprisoned...

Pa.-based airline rescuing Americans stranded by coronavirus

Apr. 11, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

WAYNE, Pa. (AP) — Before he could get to Dubuque, Brandon Kacere had to get to Guayaquil. Two weeks ago the 40-year-old Iowa financial adviser and his wife were marooned by the coronavirus outbreak inside a rented condo in an Ecuadoran resort town. The airport was two hours away in Guayaquil, which the...

A man gestures to the camera as he rests in a public square in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 10, 2020. The government declared a

Ecuador buckles under virus, broken oil lines and old debt

Apr. 10, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno unveiled an emergency economic plan Friday aimed at rescuing the South American nation hard hit by the new coronavirus and then dealt a second blow when two large pipelines broke, halting critical crude exports. Moreno in a nationwide...

A coffin with the body of a recently deceased person sits in the bed of a pickup truck before burial, outside Teodoro Maldonado Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, April 6, 2020. Guayaquil, a normally bustling city that has become a hot spot in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, also has untold numbers dying of unrelated diseases that can’t be treated because hospitals are overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Luis Perez)

Ecuador struggles to bury coronavirus dead; some bodies lost

Apr. 8, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Alfonso Cedeño died at a crowded hospital in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, where the only bed doctors could offer was an ambulance stretcher. Two weeks later, his family doesn’t know where his body is. “My uncle is nowhere to be found,” Alfonso Mariscal...