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Fanny Mendez, right, mother of 14-year-old Marlene Beltran, left, and Felipe Beltrán, 5, helps her children at home to make a cube out of paper as they listen to an hour-long lesson broadcast by the Bacata Stereo radio station during the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Funza, Colombia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The Beltrans work on dairy farms and have no internet connection at home, so the hour-long radio lesson developed by the municipal government keeps the children busy while schools are closed. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

May. 28, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a...

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...

Puerto Rico court orders new murder trial for judge's son

May. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The son of a federal judge convicted in 2014 of killing his wife in one of Puerto Rico’s most high-profile cases will get a new trial, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s appeals court issued the ruling based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 27, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ May 24 The Palm Beach Post on Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration withholding facts from the public regarding the pandemic: Throughout the pandemic, the DeSantis administration has shown us time and again that it doesn’t trust the public with the facts. For...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

May. 27, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ May 27 The Brunswick News on legislation that would increase the amount of medical supplies manufactured in the U.S.: Tired of hearing about critical shortages of essential medical supplies, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is joining U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in proposing...

A Puerto Rican flag flies on an empty beach at Ocean Park, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Puerto Rico is cautiously reopening beaches, restaurants, churches, malls, and hair salons under strict conditions as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown despite dozens of new coronavirus cases reported daily. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) PUERTO RICO OUT-NO PUBLICAR EN PUERTO RICO

Board suspends budget cuts for struggling Puerto Rico

May. 27, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved a revised fiscal plan on Wednesday that temporarily suspends all budget cuts and anticipates the island’s projected surplus could plunge by 65% as it warned the government is unable to pay...

Board: Puerto Rico to see 65% surplus drop amid debt crisis

May. 26, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday that the island could be hit with a deficit earlier than expected and see its surplus plunge by 65% in upcoming years, warning the government cannot afford to pay current debt obligations. The...

Healthcare workers watch as Haitians who were deported from the United States deplane at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

30 deported to Haiti, but ex-strongman remains in US

May. 26, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman. The spokesman, Eddy Jackson Alexis, said...

Renatha Francis, left, smiles as she and her family are introduced during a news conference, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed two South Floridians to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, including Francis, a Palm Beach County circuit judge who immigrated from Jamaica. Others from left, Francis' husband Phillip Fender holding their son Joshua, Francis' mother Hyacinth holding their son Matthew. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DeSantis sends Jamaican- and Cuban-American to Supreme Court

May. 26, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed two Floridians from minority communities to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday: a Palm Beach County circuit judge who immigrated from Jamaica and a former assistant U.S. attorney who is the son of Cuban immigrants. Renatha Francis, who will be the first...