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Commuters using protective gear amid the coronavirus pandemic sit inside a public bus in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Denmark adds Belgium, Malta to travel advisory

Aug. 14, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark has added Belgium and Malta to its list of European nations where non-essential travels are not recommended as the Scandinavian country has seen a flare-up of coronavirus cases. The Scandinavian country’s reason for doing so is that both nations have seen more than 30...

Soldiers disinfect the Christ the Redeemer site, currently closed, to prepare for what tourism officials hope will be a surge in visitors in the upcoming weekend as health restrictions are eased amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

Aug. 14, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

AUG. 7-13, 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 photojournalist Moises Castillo in Guatemala City. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews...

A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

US prosecutor in Miami targeting Venezuela graft is leaving

Aug. 14, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal prosecutor who has jailed some of Venezuela’s biggest crooks is stepping down, The Associated Press has learned, leaving a void that could dampen U.S. efforts to expose criminal activity in the South American country amid rising tensions with the Trump administration. Michael...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

A worker disinfects a theater after a movie screening, at the Cineteca Nacional, Mexico's film archive, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. After being closed for nearly five months amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters in the capital reopened Wednesday at 30% capacity.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico City reopens movie theaters to sparse crowds

Aug. 13, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The few, the brave — those were the people returning this week to movie theaters in Mexico City that had been closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, there was popcorn. But movie goers had to wear face masks, and could only lift them to eat or drink. And their...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020 file photo, the Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.  U.S. officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that the Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned. (AP Photo/Ernesto Vargas, File)

Officials: U.S. seizes Iranian gas heading for Venezuela

Aug. 13, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said Thursday, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned allies. Last month, federal prosecutors in Washington...

A nurse attends to a newborn baby in the intensive care unit of the Women's Hospital maternity ward in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Doctors say the supply of oxygen for the babies is becoming scarce, the result of nationwide blockades by supporters of the party of former President Evo Morales who object to the recent postponement of elections. Bolivia's political and social crisis is coinciding with the continued spread of the new coronavirus across one of Latin America's poorest countries. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia's political crisis threatens hospitals and patients

Aug. 13, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hooked up to ventilators, 11 prematurely born infants struggled for survival Thursday in the intensive care ward of a Bolivian maternity hospital. The babies' supply of oxygen is in peril, doctors say, because of nationwide blockades by supporters of the party of former President Evo...

FILE - In this June 27, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for Saudi citizen Mohammed al-Qahtani, held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Medical review upheld for Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo

Aug. 13, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for a Saudi citizen held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial. U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle late Wednesday rejected the...

Dulce Garcia, right, carries a cup of coffee as she crosses the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, Calif., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Like many in Mexicali, Garcia lives in Mexico but works in Calexico.

Mexico to keep US border closed to non-essential travel

Aug. 13, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico plans to extend the closure of its shared border with the United States for another month to non-essential travel, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday. The current agreement runs through Aug. 21, but Ebrard said it does not make sense to reopen the border...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, Wayuu children play in Manaure, Colombia. A human rights group released a report Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, warning that lack of access to clean water is leading to alarmingly high levels of child mortality and malnutrition among the Wayuu, Colombia’s largest Indigenous group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Rights group: Alarming child mortality among Colombian Wayuu

Aug. 13, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Lack of access to clean water is leading to alarmingly high levels of child mortality and malnutrition among Colombia’s largest Indigenous group — problems that could grow worse as a result of the pandemic, a human rights group warned Thursday. The death rate of Wayuu...