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Empty desks stand in a classroom of the Casa del Colibri school in Mexico City, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The school has been teaching its students remotely via the internet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico's school year to begin with instruction on television

Aug. 3, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Distance learning will begin for more than 30 million Mexican school children Aug. 24, but a return to classrooms will remain an uncertain goal, the country’s education secretary said Monday. Secretary Esteban Moctezuma Barragán and executives from the country’s...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, soldiers use machetes to cut down coca plants on an illegal coca plantation during a government organized media trip to the Urkupina community of Chapare, Bolivia. A report released Wednesday, July 29, 2020 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales’ government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Bolivian coca cultivation jumped by 10% in 2019, UN says

Jul. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales' government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts, a U.N. agency said Wednesday. Growth in the Andean nation increased from 23,100 hectares in...

Herminia Carpio looks at the body of her brother Guillermo covered by a slim mattress outside the General Hospital before his body is taken away by a funeral home in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Carpio said her 58-year-old brother died the previous afternoon, and according to the hospital he died of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Virus slams Bolivia as hospitals say: 'There is no space'

Jul. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police in Bolivia's major cities have recovered the bodies of hundreds of suspected victims of the coronavirus from homes, vehicles and, in some instances, the streets. Hospitals are full of COVID-19 patients and short of staff, keeping their gates closed and hanging out signs that...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

Jul. 10, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises. In Brazil, President...

Jumbo Circus clown Franklin Parada, 22, puts on his clown face to train at the circus, even though it's been closed for four months in El Alto, Bolivia, Friday, June 26, 2020. To get by, Parada makes money offloading rice bags from trucks at a street fair. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

AP Photos: Virus puts a stop to the big top in Bolivia

Jul. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — The Jumbo Circus had just pitched its blue and yellow tent on a lot in El Alto, a swollen, sprawling suburb of Bolivia's capital, when the new coronavirus struck. “We thgough it would last three weeks, but we've now been stuck for four months,” said Joel Condori, the...

Public transport drivers take part in a protest demanding an increase in fares because quarantine measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have decreased their income, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia tries to hold elections amid pandemic, risking chaos

Jul. 2, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Deserted during months of quarantine, the streets of Bolivia are roiling again with protests that have forced the government into an uncomfortable challenge: trying to resolve the country's long-term political crisis with elections in the middle of a rising pandemic. If plans hold,...

Art teacher Jorge Manolo Villarroel, wearing a Spider-Man costume, teaches an online class from his home, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Villarroel, who lives in a poor neighborhood of the capital, teaches art at the San Ignacio Catholic School in a wealthier area of the city. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivian schoolteacher gives virtual classes as superhero

Jun. 13, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Sometimes, Jorge Manolo Villarroel is Spiderman. Sometimes, he’s the Flash, or the Green Lantern. But he’s always a teacher -- one who lives out his childhood dreams by dressing up as superheroes for the locked-down students who attend his virtual classes. His classes...