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FILE - This April 1991 file photo shows AP correspondent Guy Coates in Baton Rouge, La. Coates, a retired Associated Press correspondent in Louisiana, died late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 80. Coates' early career included stints at The Times of Shreveport as well as KNOE TV in Monroe and KSLA TV in Shreveport. (Mark Keedy/The Advocate via AP, File)

Guy Coates, longtime AP reporter in Louisiana, dies at 80

Jan. 13, 2021 10:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guy Coates, a former Associated Press correspondent who covered Gulf Coast hurricanes and civil rights, dodged gunfire during a New Orleans sniper's shooting spree and chronicled the tumult of politics in his native Louisiana for four decades, died late Tuesday. He was 80. His wife...

Seema Rajgarh, 37, hawks jewelry made of beads and stones on nearly deserted Utorda beach in South Goa, India,, Dec.16, 2020. On good days during the holiday season, the mother of three girls, the youngest not yet two years old, said she used to make 2,000 rupees ( $27). Now, times are bleak.

Indian partying hotspot Goa counts losses, braces for change

Jan. 13, 2021 4:29 AM EST

GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely. This holiday season, few visitors are enjoying the celebrated sunsets in the Indian party hotspot. The unspoken fear of the coronavirus is sapping...

Tourists stroll on the shore of Xcalacoco beach in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 202, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Quintana Roo, the country's tourism crown jewel, home to Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Tulum, received more than 900,000 tourists spanning the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)

Mexico sees holiday bump in tourism amid pandemic surge

Jan. 12, 2021 1:21 PM EST

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise Caribbean waters, grateful for a break from the pandemic winter in the United States. They were among tens of thousands of American tourists who descended on Mexico's...

U.S and Moroccan flags stand together on the podium during a visit by David Schenker, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, US Ambassador to Morocco David T. Fischer and Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Foreign Minister, in Dakhla, Morocco-administered Western Sahara, Sunday Jan. 10, 2021. The highest ranking U.S. diplomat for North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the first ever U.S Ambassador, traveled Sunday to the Morocco-administered Western Sahara city of Dakhla, laying the groundwork for the United States to set up a consulate in the disputed territory. (AP Photo/Noureddine Abakchou)

US Consulate a turning point for disputed Western Sahara

Jan. 10, 2021 1:02 PM EST

DAKHLA, Western Sahara (AP) — Trawlers pack the bustling Western Saharan port of Dakhla, where fish scales glisten from workers’ arms as they roll up their nets and buyers shout bids in a sprawling auction warehouse. Nearby, turquoise waters lap wide, nearly empty Atlantic beaches and diners sip tea...

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Brazil's pandemic deaths top 200,000 amid a return to fun

Jan. 8, 2021 10:34 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The night before New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of revelers clad in their bathing suits crowded onto the iconic Ipanema beach to have some seaside drinks. It was one of many open-air parties occurring along Brazil’s vast coastline since the summer heat set in,...

A woman prepares to lay flowers on a beach following a shark attack at Bowentown near Waihi in New Zealand, Friday, Jan 8, 2021. A woman has died Thursday, Jan. 7, in what appears to be New Zealand's first fatal shark attack in eight years, police say. (George Novak/Bay of Plenty Times via AP)

Woman dies in suspected New Zealand shark attack

Jan. 8, 2021 1:14 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A woman has died in what appears to be New Zealand’s first fatal shark attack in eight years, police said on Friday. Emergency services responded late Thursday afternoon to reports of a woman “injured in the water,” at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot...

Relatives attend the burial of 71-year-old Jose Abelardo Bezerra, who died from COVID-19 related complications, at the Inhauma cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Brazil enjoys fun in the sun as COVID-19 deaths top 200,000

Jan. 7, 2021 10:24 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The night before New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of revelers clad in their bathing suits crowded onto the iconic Ipanema beach to have some seaside drinks. It was one of many open-air parties occurring along Brazil’s vast coastline since the summer heat set in,...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine caribou herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska.  The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled as a bust with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation emerging as the main bidder. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

US holds first oil lease sale for Alaska's Arctic refuge

Jan. 6, 2021 7:53 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled as a bust with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation emerging as the main bidder. The sale, held as scheduled...

Judge allows oil, gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Jan. 5, 2021 10:24 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to halt an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that was pushed by the Trump administration in its final days. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's decision came after conservationists and Indigenous groups...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks past a display of lanterns at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's Hebei toughens virus rules over outbreak

Jan. 5, 2021 9:19 PM EST

BEIJING — China’s Hebei province is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province, which is adjacent to the capital Beijing and is due to host events for next year’s Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported 20...