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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Gunmen shoot up offices of Mexican newspaper, no injuries

Aug. 4, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Unidentified assailants opened fire on the offices of a newspaper in the Mexican city of Iguala Tuesday, two days after a journalist from another outlet was killed there along with a policeman protecting him. The prosecutors' office in the southern state of Guerrero said nobody was...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, senator and former president Alvaro Uribe arrives to the Supreme Court for questioning in an investigation for witness tampering charges in Bogota, Colombia. Uribe will not be allowed to remain at liberty while the Supreme Court investigates the allegations against him, current President Ivan Duque said in a video address Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia, File)

Powerful Colombian ex-president ordered under house arrest

Aug. 4, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be placed under house arrest while the Supreme Court advances a witness tampering investigation against him in a titanic blow to one of the nation's most enduring but controversial political leaders. The high court's unanimous decision...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks upon his arrival to the headquarters of Democratic Action political party in Caracas, Venezuela, the day after Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered its takeover ahead of parliamentary elections expected this year. A coalition of political parties in Venezuela led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaido said Sunday, Aug. 2, that it won't participate in upcoming congressional elections called by officials loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.  (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

With renewed US backing, Guaidó pushes anti-Maduro fight

Aug. 4, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The challenge in ousting President Nicolás Maduro has only increased, Juan Guaidó said Tuesday as the Trump administration vowed its continued recognition of the opposition leader as the nation’s interim president, even if his coalition loses control of congress...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Peru's President Martin Vizcarra smiles after the swearing-in ceremony of his new cabinet at the government palace in Lima, Peru. On July 28, 2020, the anniversary of independence, Vizcarra tried in a televised speech to galvanize a country battered, like so many others around the world, by economic calamity and mass death from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

New crisis in Peru as Congress rejects president's Cabinet

Aug. 4, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru was left with no government ministers Tuesday after Congress refused to approve President Martin Vizcarra's recently appointed Cabinet. The no confidence vote led to the resignation of all 19 Cabinet ministers and could hamper the government's efforts to contain the coronavirus...

FILE - In this July 12, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Jonathan Villar, left, Jesus Aguilar, center, and Jon Berti wait to bat during a baseball scrimmage at Marlins Park in Miami. Marlins CEO Derek Jeter blamed the team's coronavirus outbreak on a collective false sense of security that made players lax about social distancing and wearing masks. Infected were 21 members of the team's traveling party, including at least 18 players. None is seriously ill, Jeter said Monday, and he expects all to return this season.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The Latest: Marlins a late arrival for 1st game in 9 days

Aug. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Miami Marlins are scheduled to end an eight-day hiatus with a game at Camden Yards, although getting to that point has not been easy. Major League Baseball released a statement around three hours before the scheduled 7:35...

Jose Juan Serralde and his wife Blanca Evangelista Villada stand at the door to their home, located on a market street in San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, Mexico City, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Serralde's parents, who lived with the family, died from COVID-19 in May, and the couple and their four daughters then spent weeks quarantined at home, with most of them experiencing mild cases of COVID-19 before recovering. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Skepticism, fear help fuel virus on Mexico City's outskirts

Aug. 4, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Only after a neighbor died of the coronavirus did Juan José and Esther Serralde begin to believe that the threat was real — but it was too late. Soon, the older couple, their son and daughter-in-law, and two of their grandchildren were infected. Even if they had acted...

FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, people exercise during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the city government authorized people to exercise outdoors as part of a roadmap for rolling back on Covid-19 curbing quarantine restrictions. Argentina’s government said Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure billions of dollars in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession even before the pandemic hit. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina reports debt restructuring deal with creditors

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure $65 billion in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession long before the pandemic. The agreement will allow creditor groups “to support...

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, who is in custody and facing drug trafficking charges in New York, has been charged in a superseding indictment on Thursday, July 30, 2020, with continuing criminal enterprise. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico purges security agencies of those tied to ex-chief

Aug. 4, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top directors in Mexico’s National Guard and elsewhere in the state security apparatus have been purged due to their ties with a former security secretary now held on drug trafficking charges in the United States. Current Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said Tuesday that two...

Dr. Tien Vo goes to leave after talking with a family quarantining after they tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Calexico, Calif. Vo and members of his clinic bring food to patients that test positive and agree to quarantine. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Virus ravages poor California county along Mexican border

Aug. 4, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and, now, the coronavirus. The virus killed her father six days earlier. The oldest of her four children, a 15-year-old boy, learned he had it that morning. Tilted...