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EU renews Syria sanctions with conflict in its 10th year

May. 28, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters...

A family peers from the window of their home as they wait to receive boxes of free food, during a lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 4, 2020. The U.N. World Food Program is warning that upward of at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, shuttering people in their homes, drying up work and crippling the economy. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

UN: Virus could push 14 million into hunger in Latin America

May. 27, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N. World Food Program is warning that upward of at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, shuttering people in their homes, drying up work and crippling the economy. New projections released late Wednesday estimate a...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson’s singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Wilson, Rapinoe, Bird to host remote ESPYS feting heroism

May. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian...

A view of the vessel the Clavel, right, sailing on international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

Venezuela to escort Iranian tankers bringing needed fuel

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation's armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country in case of any U.S. aggression. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said Venezuela's...

In this April 27, 2020 photo, Daniel sits in grandmother's lap in their apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, as they chat via a messenger service with his father Misael Cocho. After fleeing Venezuela along with millions of others amid the country's grueling humanitarian crisis, Cocho made his way by bus to Peru — where he got odd jobs and sent money home monthly to support his mother and his 5-year-old son. But just after Cocho landed his steadiest work so far in Lima, the new coronavirus cases skyrocketed. He lost his job. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Virus prevents diaspora Venezuelans from sending money home

May. 10, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After fleeing Venezuela along with millions of others amid the country's grueling humanitarian crisis, Misael Cocho made his way by bus to Peru — where he got odd jobs and sent money home monthly to support his mother and his 5-year-old son. But just after Cocho landed his...

Cemetery workers wearing hazmat suits bury the coffin containing the remains of 71-year-old Neide Rodrigues Rosa, who died from the new coronavirus according to her son Sergio Rodrigues, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Latest: Pakistan lifts lockdown amid jump in virus cases

May. 9, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Pakistan begins lifting weeks-long lockdown despite another...

ESPYS to shift focus from top sports moments to heroism

May. 5, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With live sports mostly postponed by the coronavirus, The ESPYS will shift focus from honoring athletic accomplishments to celebrating acts of heroism and humanitarian aid during the pandemic. ESPN said Tuesday its annual awards show will air June 21, about a month earlier than its...

French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, speaks with schoolchildren during a class at the Pierre Ronsard elementary school Tuesday, May 5 2020 in Poissy, outside Paris. Starting from May 11, all French businesses will be allowed to resume activity and schools will start gradually reopening. (Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Macron criticized for opening schools next week

May. 5, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 4 new cases in South Korea, China show work on containment....

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2018 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, security guards surround Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with protective gear as an unidentified drone interrupts his speech in Caracas, Venezuela. An exiled Venezuelan national guardsman accused of partaking in this drone attack on Maduro is among voluntary combatants in three safe houses of  former soldiers plotting a military incursion from neighboring Colombia, according to an Associated Press investigation. (Xinhua via AP, File)

Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro

May. 1, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The plan was simple, but perilous. Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolás Maduro’s...

A woman wearing a mask and gloves against the spread of the new coronavirus, waits outside a soup kitchen run by nuns, waiting for it to open and get some food, in Caracas’ Petare slum in Venezuela, Thursday, April 30, 2020. To avoid the spread of the new coronavirus the soup kitchen is giving out the food to take home. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Dem lawmakers say Trump's freeze for WHO to hurt Venezuelans

May. 1, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As much as $110 million in U.S. funding for disease prevention in Latin America as well as U.S. support for Venezuelan migrants has been thrown into doubt as part of President Donald Trump's decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization over its response to the coronavirus...