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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 4:22 PM 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...

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...

Special needs parents can't find open childcare centers

May. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Arasay Peñate didn’t know what autism spectrum disorder was when she arrived in Little Havana from Cuba three years ago with her young son, who had trouble saying the word “mamá.” But since her son, now-4-year-old David Silva Jr. , was diagnosed with the...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Cuba's Director-General of U.S. Affairs Carlos Fernandez de Cossio makes a statement to reporters, in Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s top diplomat in charge of relations with the United States said Thursday, May 21, 2020 that relations have sunk to a new low, and potentially could sink even lower with the appointment of Florida Senator Marco Rubio as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

Cuba’s top diplomat for US relations says ties at new low

May. 21, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s top diplomat in charge of relations with the United States said Thursday relations have sunk to a new low, and potentially could sink even lower with the appointment of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Carlos Fernandez de Cossio...

A soldier patrols outside a government-run food store where shoppers wait in line to enter in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. State media has started a campaign of zero tolerance for anyone attempting to cash in on the fallout from the spread of the new coronavirus, like hoarding and speculative pricing, which has imposed even more distress on Cubans who were already used to shortages and long lines in their efforts to find basic necessities. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuba highlights campaign against hoarders during pandemic

May. 19, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The recent seizure by Cuban police of hundreds of sacks of onions was a big news item on state television, a warning to suspected hoarders and speculators who seek to benefit from harsher economic conditions during the pandemic. The broadcast was also highly unusual because...

A bullet hole is visible in the front door of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2020, after a man opened fire with an assault rifle on Thursday morning. Officers found the suspect with an assault rifle and took the person into custody without incident, police said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Cuba blames Trump's hostility for gunman's embassy attack

May. 12, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of inspiring the gunman who attacked the Cuban Embassy in Washington last month. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also criticized Trump officials for remaining silent about the April 30 attack, which he called a sign...

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Netflix drama 'The Eddy' explores jazz via multiracial Paris

May. 6, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis wandered along the Seine and felt free. Louis Armstrong sought refuge from the Jim Crow American South at the Hôtel Alba Opéra. Dancer Josephine Baker wowed audiences at the Folies Bergère before joining the French Resistance during World...

A man wears a mask featuring the smile of comic book character The Joker, amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

In Latin America, face masks become a form of expression

May. 6, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Rarely used in Latin America outside hospitals before the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are now compulsory for subway riders, supermarket shoppers and even joggers in some countries — and they're becoming a colorful part of the region's daily life. Motifs showing up on masks are...

A statue of Cuban national hero Jose Marti is visible behind Secret Service investigators as they look at a bullet hole in the flagpole in front of the Cuban Embassy after police say a person with an assault rifle opened fire, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Accused embassy gunman said he feared Cuban organized crime

May. 1, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Cuban man who sought asylum in the U.S. opened fire with an AK-47 at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, spraying the front of the building with nearly three dozen rounds because he wanted to “get them before they could get him,” according to court papers. Alexander Alazo,...