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A street juggler wearing a protective face mask, performs at a street crossing during a red light in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 11, 2020, amid a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The Latest: Venezuela's new coronavirus cases reach 10,000

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan officials say new coronavirus cases have surpassed 10,000 nationwide, with an alarming number of recent illnesses found in the capital of Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday ordered strict enforcement of quarantine measures in Caracas where most of the 303 new...

FILE - In this May 11, 2020 file photo, a medical worker wears a mask and face shield at the entrance of the SERMESA hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. While the Pan-American Health Organization urges Nicaragua to take more aggressive measures against the coronavirus pandemic and neighboring countries warily eye its outbreak, President Daniel Ortega’s increasingly authoritarian government seems more focused on hiding the virus than treating it. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

Nicaraguan government sets date for presidential election

Jul. 14, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government has finally announced a date for the next presidential election, setting them for Nov. 7, 2021, and said political parties would have extra time to register because of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s Supreme Electoral...

A Canada-U.S. border marker stands in Surrey, British Columbia, as people gather at Peace Arch Historical State Park in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada, US and Mexico poised to extend border restrictions

Jul. 14, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S., Canada and Mexico are poised to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel to Aug. 21, officials said Tuesday The agreements would extend the closures by another 30 days. A person familiar with the matter said final confirmation of the...

Brahma beer is displayed at a bar that's open for deliveries only amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. An interfaith coalition is pressuring the world’s largest brewer to remove the name of the Hindu god, saying the name is offensive to Hindus, who worship Lord Brahma, the religion's god of creation. An Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery spokesman says the beer actually was named to honor Joseph Bramah, an Englishman who invented the draft pump handle, and the spelling was changed to adapt the name to the Portuguese language. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Campaign brewing to get Hindu god Brahma off popular beer

Jul. 14, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

An interfaith coalition is pressing the world's largest brewer to remove the name of a Hindu god from a popular beer that dates to the late 1800s — a dispute the beermaker insists is a case of mistaken identity. The group, which includes representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain...

In this photo courtesy of Mark Stevenson, longtime Mexico reporter Jo Tuckman smiles for the camera as she returns home after undergoing hospital treatment for cancer in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The British journalist died of cancer on July 9, 2020, at the age of 53 after a distinguished 20-year career of reporting on the country. (Mark Stevenson via AP)

British journalist Jo Tuckman dies in Mexico after illness

Jul. 14, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soon after arriving in Mexico in 2000, British journalist Jo Tuckman reported on what many Mexicans could scarcely have imagined: the election defeat of the political party that had governed autocratically for 71 years. Tuckman made Mexico her home for the next two decades, reporting,...

ND congressman won't return contributions from wall builder

Jul. 14, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrats want the state’s congressman to return campaign contributions from a company that has received the largest contract to date to build a section of President Donald Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong,...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

Number of disappeared in Mexico rises to over 73,000

Jul. 13, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of missing and disappeared in Mexico has risen to 73,201, and the vast majority — 71,678 — have gone missing since drug gang violence began increasing in 2006. The government reported Monday that the other 1,523 disappeared during counterinsurgency and other...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation data

Jul. 13, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Monday fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after the release of June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation. Lubia...

Mexican man with coronavirus dies in ICE custody

Jul. 13, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Mexican man being held in U.S. immigration custody in Florida died shortly after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Monday. Onoval Perez-Montufa, 51, died Sunday afternoon at a Palm Beach County hospital, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs...