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Joe Biden's cousin Joe Blewitt speaks to the media underneath his mural painted on a wall in Ballina, Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden's great-great grandfather Patrick Blewitt was born in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1832. He left for the US in 1850, aged 18. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

World hopes for renewed cooperation with US under Biden

Jan. 21, 2021 4:21 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed. Many expressed hope Biden would right...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

A family member of a patient hospitalized with COVID-19 waits in line in hopes of refilling empty oxygen tanks, outside the Nitron da Amazonia company, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Brazil receives oxygen from Venezuela for COVID-19 patients

Jan. 20, 2021 4:54 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Five trucks carrying oxygen from Venezuela arrived at Manaus, a city of 2 million people in the Brazilian rainforest where the local health system has collapsed amid a devastating second wave of COVID-19 and a severe shortage of oxygen for breathless patients. Venezuela's consul in Manaus,...

FILE- In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, file photo, closed stores on Dam street and the Royal Palace on Dam Square, rear, are seen in Amsterdam. The Dutch government said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, that it wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of new more contagious variants of the coronavirus that already accounts for at least one in every 10 Dutch infections. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch propose curfew to rein in virus; will ban more flights

Jan. 20, 2021 10:40 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of a new more contagious virus variant that already accounts for at least one in 10 Dutch infections. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday that his government also will...

A man stands in front of signs displaying prices of products in US dollars outside a grocery store in the Quinta Crespo neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Venezuela's economic crisis has sent millions fleeing and those left behind lacking basic goods, including gasoline, in a country with one of the world's largest proven oil reserves. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Trump blocks Venezuelans' deportation in last political gift

Jan. 19, 2021 10:58 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With the clock winding down on his term, U.S. President Donald Trump shielded tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants from deportation Tuesday night, rewarding Venezuelan exiles who have been among his most loyal supporters and who fear losing the same privileged access to the...

File-This March 8, 2020, file photo shows the United States forward Carli Lloyd (10) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain in Harrison, N.J. Far from deterred by a lengthy layoff after getting her left knee scoped, Lloyd is back with a steadfast resolve as the U.S. national team pushes toward the Tokyo Olympics.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Lloyd rebounds from knee injury to play a full 90 for US

Jan. 19, 2021 4:36 PM EST

Far from deterred by a lengthy layoff after getting her left knee scoped, Carli Lloyd is back with a steadfast resolve as the United States pushes toward the Tokyo Olympics. Lloyd's recovery work was on display Monday night in Florida when she played the full 90 minutes in the team's 4-0 victory over Colombia. ...

Health worker Vanda Ortega, from the Witoto Indigenous group and dressed in traditional clothing, is the first woman to receive the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, during the start of the vaccination program in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Oxygen-starved city in Brazil’s Amazon starts immunization

Jan. 19, 2021 4:28 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Amazonian city of Manaus began administering vaccines against the coronavirus, providing a ray of hope for the rainforest’s biggest city whose health system is collapsing amid an increase in infections and dwindling oxygen supplies. Amazonas state Gov. Wilson Lima led a...

Boxes of vaccines, unrelated to COVID-19, are stored in a large refrigerator, during a media tour of the ministry warehouse where the vaccine for the new coronavirus will also be stored in freezers in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombia says it's ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines

Jan. 19, 2021 2:26 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say that they are ready to distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccines, once the shots arrive in the South American country. On Tuesday, officials from the Ministry of Health took journalists through a temperature-controlled warehouse in Bogota that can house up to...

Earthquake injures 3 in Argentina; tremor also felt in Chile

Jan. 19, 2021 9:25 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile, injuring at least three people, authorities said Tuesday. Two children and an adult were hospitalized in San Juan province in Argentina after the quake hit just before midnight...

Strong quake shakes Argentina, Chile; no reports of injuries

Jan. 18, 2021 11:56 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile just before midnight Monday, shaking people in parts of both countries. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage, though some power outages were reported in the quake area. The U.S....