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Nicaraguans search for miners buried after mine collapse

Dec. 4, 2020 9:24 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — An unregulated gold mine collapsed Friday in southern Nicaragua near the border with Costa Rica, leaving about 10 wildcat miners missing. Vice President Rosario Murillo said firefighters and rescue personnel were being sent to the scene in the hamlet of La Esperanza. Murillo did...

FILE - This Oct., 3, 2020, file photo shows Dortmund's Giovanni Reyna watching during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg in Dortmund, Germany. Borussia Dortmund said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, that the 18-year-old Reyna, the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga, signed a new deal through June 2025. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

US to start revised WCup qualifying schedule in September

Dec. 4, 2020 7:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States will start a revised and compacted World Cup qualifying schedule with a match in early September that could be at Trinidad and Tobago, which beat the Americans in October 2017 to eliminate them from the 2018 tournament in Russia. Qualifying was to have began for the...

A health worker helps Luis Reyes into a car, to be taken home after recovering from COVID-19, outside the Mexico City Ajusco Medio General Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 2. 2020. Mexico continues to report an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with Mexico City continuing to report the biggest portion of the surge. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets

Dec. 4, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes Latin American dance tunes on the radio — salsa, cumbia, ranchera — bring a little cheer into the emergency room of Mexico City’s Ajusco Medio hospital, which is operating well over normal capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Marta Patricia...

Puerto Rico seeks to arrest US tourist who refused face mask

Dec. 4, 2020 5:15 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered the arrest of a tourist from the U.S. mainland who is accused of attacking a National Guard trooper at Puerto Rico's airport after refusing to wear a face mask as required under pandemic restrictions. The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Adrien...

Bus plunges off bridge in Brazil, killing at least 10

Dec. 4, 2020 3:09 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bus careened off an overpass in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Friday, killing at least 10 people, according to the Twitter account of the federal highway police in that state. Images on local media showed the smoking bus on its side atop train tracks after falling about 15...

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2020 selfie photo provided by the Renown Regional Medical Center shows Dr. Jacob Keeperman, the Renown Transfer and Operations Center medical director who made the photo on the opening day of the Renown Regional Medical Center's alternative care site located in a parking garage. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting this photo at an auxiliary care site for COVID-19 patients proves that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax. The photo, which shows empty hospital beds, was taken the day the site was opened, and patients had yet to arrive. (Jacob Keeperman/Renown Regional Medical Center via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 4, 2020 2:32 PM EST

A look at false and misleading claims and videos circulating one month after the 2020 election and as COVID-19 cases surge. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Nevada doctor’s selfie used to claim...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks to supporters during a closing campaign rally for the upcoming National Assembly elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly this Sunday, Dec 6. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's Maduro seeks to tighten his grip via election

Dec. 4, 2020 12:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With the political opponents of President Nicolás Maduro boycotting Sunday's election for the National Assembly, his socialist party is expected to dominate the vote, giving him control of the last major institution in Venezuela outside his grasp. The opposition contends the...

A bronze sculpture of four llamas is wrapped in plastic near the Palace of Justice in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The municipality of Lima for the the first time in 485 years took precautions to protect historical monuments and statues, while Peru was mired in a whirlwind of demonstrations and a political crisis that resulted with three presidents in nine days. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

AP PHOTOS: Peru's monuments mostly left alone in protests

Dec. 4, 2020 11:09 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Attacked in other countries during social and political protests, historical monuments and statues in Peru's capital came out of recent street demonstrations practically intact. Peru plunged into turmoil in early November when Congress voted to oust President Martín Vizcarra....

FILE - Daddy Yankee performs at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2019. On Friday, Dec. 6, Daddy Yankee is releasing the first of three parts of “DY2K20,” a digital version of his 12 sold-out concert series “Con Calma Pal’ Choli.

Daddy Yankee achieves new balance, readies for his comeback

Dec. 4, 2020 9:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after a series of concerts in Puerto Rico that ended up being his last because of the pandemic, Daddy Yankee is bringing those performances to YouTube as a Christmas gift to his fans around the globe. “DY2K20,” the digital version of his show “Con Calma...

Dressed in protective gear to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a medical worker washes a patient's hair, at a military hospital set up to take care of COVID-19 patients in Mexico City, Monday, November 30, 2020. As of last Friday, Mexico reported a record daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with Mexico City reporting the biggest portion of the surge in cases. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

Dec. 4, 2020 12:02 AM EST

NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press Photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram:...