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Luis Arce, center, Bolivian presidential candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism Party, MAS, and running mate David Choquehuanca, second right, celebrate during a press conference where they claim victory after general elections in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Morales party claims win as Bolivia seems to shift back left

Oct. 19, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia appeared Monday to be shifting sharply away from the conservative policies of the U.S.-backed interim government that took power last year after leftist President Evo Morales resigned, with the self-exiled leader's party claiming victory in a weekend presidential election....

Andres Gomez works inside an amber mine near the community of Jotolchen II in Chiapas state, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The 11-year-old said that before the new coronavirus pandemic hit, he attended school and then would spend a couple of hours mining after class, but since the school closed in March he is spending entire days mining. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains

Oct. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending them to work. Across the developing world, two decades of gains against child labor are eroding. With classrooms shuttered and parents losing...

Aide Choque, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic, jumps with her skateboard during a youth talent show in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Young women called

Bolivian women skateboard in Aymara garb to showcase culture

Oct. 1, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The traditional bowler hats, bright blouses and long, plaited “pollera” skirts of the young women contrast with the skateboards under their feet as they swoop back and forth on the skate ramp in Bolivia's largest city. The girls of the collective “ImillaSkate,"...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2020 file photo, a supporter, wearing a mask depicting former President Evo Morales, strikes a pose during a campaign rally for Luis Arce Catacora, the Bolivian presidential candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism Party, or MAS, in La Paz, Bolivia. MAS is the party founded by Morales who was ousted in November 2019, after several weeks of demonstrations that erupted over allegations of fraud in last year's October presidential election that Morales claimed to have won. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

He's not running, but Morales looms large in Bolivia vote

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Even in exile, Evo Morales looms over Bolivia’s election next month. National rifts that contributed to chaos in Bolivia in 2019 threaten to destabilize the Oct. 18 vote and its aftermath nearly one year after Morales, Bolivia's first Indigenous president from the Aymara...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West appears on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. The Arizona Supreme Court is considering an appeal by West of a decision on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that barred him from appearing on the state's Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate. Ballot printing deadlines are fast approaching in the state. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Arizona Supreme Court denies West's bid to appear on ballot

Sep. 8, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Kanye West’s bid to appear on the state’s Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate, just hours before eight of the state’s 15 counties faced a deadline for printing ballots. The decision marked the end of the...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020 file photo Arizona Department of Education Superintendent Kathy Hoffman speaks the latest Arizona coronavirus update during a news conference in Phoenix. Most counties in Arizona, including the state's most populous one, were cleared Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, to transition their schools to some form of in-person learning after recent coronavirus data showed improvements. Hoffman, however, is urging caution as school districts consider whether to make the switch. Hoffman says COVID-19 can spread so quickly as it did this summer in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool,File)

Arizona schools mull in-person class with COVID-19 declines

Sep. 3, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Most counties in Arizona, including the state's most populous one, were cleared Thursday to transition their schools to some form of in-person learning after recent coronavirus data showed improvements. The state Department of Health Services announced that eight of Arizona's 15 counties now...

The tie belonging to the late evangelical Pastor Ovidio Valladares sits on a table in his former office, along with a portrait of him and his wife Aura Maria Valladares at Bethel evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Valladares died from COVID-19 related complications on June 5th, and more than 40 evangelical leaders have died since March from the disease nationwide. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Latin America's evangelical churches hard hit by pandemic

Aug. 26, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Some 400 men and women spaced themselves across a sprawling worship hall, praying through face masks with arms raised for the health of friends and family suffering from the coronavirus. The congregation of Managua’s Bethel Restoration church knew the pandemic’s...