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Martin Londoño, owner of MATT, an electric wheelchair tour company talks during an interview in Medellin, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.  Londoño, 31, started to work on the hand-cycles four years ago in a bid to improve his own mobility. He lost the use of his legs after breaking his spinal chord in a traffic accident at age 18. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Electric wheelchair tours show Colombian city from new angle

Dec. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EST

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Wilson Guzmán lost the use of his legs at age 17 when he was shot in the back while trying to recover a stolen bicycle in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia. Two decades later, he glides through the city's streets using an electric hand-bike attached to the front of his...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, LA Galaxy midfielder Efrain Álvarez (26) and Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) vie for the ball during an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif.  Álvarez started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9 exhibition against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will try to persuade him and other dual nationals to commit to the U.S. program. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Alvarez, Perea among dual nationals recruited by US soccer

Dec. 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST

Part of Gregg Berhalter’s job as U.S. national team coach is to be a salesman. Efraín Álvarez, an 18-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder, started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9...

Report: Inmates killed in Colombia riot shot intentionally

Nov. 24, 2020 1:02 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New evidence indicates most of the 24 inmates killed during a prison riot in Colombia’s capital earlier this year over fears that crowded, unhygienic conditions would fuel a virus outbreak were shot to death intentionally, according to a report released Tuesday by Human...

This combination photo shows Natalia Lafourcade, left, and Rosalia. A year after Rosalia made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show, taking home the album of the year honor on Nov. 19, 2020, for

Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big

Nov. 20, 2020 9:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by...

Men wade through a street flooded after the passing of Hurricane Iota in La Lima, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Iota flooded stretches of Honduras still underwater from Hurricane Eta, after it hit Nicaragua Monday evening as a Category 4 hurricane and weakened as it moved across Central America, dissipating over El Salvador early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Iota's devastation comes into focus in storm-weary Nicaragua

Nov. 18, 2020 10:45 PM EST

MACIZO DE PEÑAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua (AP) — The devastation caused by Hurricane Iota became clearer Wednesday as images emerged showing piles of wind-tossed lumber that used to be homes and concrete walls that were pounded into pieces by the second Category 4 storm to blast Nicaragua’s Caribbean...

A fallen tree lies on the road after the passage of Hurricane Iota in Siuna, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Hurricane Iota tore across Nicaragua on Tuesday, hours after roaring ashore as a Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was recently devastated by an equally powerful hurricane. (AP Photo/Carlos Herrera)

Hurricane Iota roars onto Nicaragua as 2nd blow in 2 weeks

Nov. 17, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hurricane Iota battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing tens of thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago. The extent of the...

Locals move on street barely cleared from the debris of the last storm, before Hurricane Iota makes landfall in La Lima, Honduras, Monday, November 16, 2020. Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Dangerous Hurricane Iota makes landfall on Nicaragua coast

Nov. 16, 2020 11:19 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Iota made landfall on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast late Monday, threatening catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by equally strong Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. Iota had intensified into an extremely dangerous Category...

A woman walk along a path in the Ciudad Bolivar area, south of Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Across Latin America, the COVID-19 crisis has yielded a rare bright spot: Millions of people who were long excluded from traditional banking have joined the financial system using digital banking services. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pandemic draws more Latin American poor into banking system

Nov. 13, 2020 9:27 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Sonia Fierro has lived her entire adult life selling children’s books on the streets of Colombia’s capital, earning wages that barely cover her living expenses, let alone the monthly fees that come with a bank account. When the pandemic left her short on cash, she...

Gabriel Escobar named top editor at Philadelphia Inquirer

Nov. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Veteran journalist Gabriel Escobar, who has been second in command of The Philadelphia Inquirer since 2017, has been named the top editor of the newspaper, it reported Wednesday. As senior vice president and editor, the former foreign correspondent will lead the staff of about 210...

Kenyan cartoonist and commentator Patrick Gathara works on drawing cartoons at his house in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. As the United States twists itself into knots over its most contentious vote in decades, Gathara has spun out a widely read alternate commentary on Twitter, drawing freely from cliches that long have been aimed at elections in Africa. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Nations long targeted by US chide Trump’s claims of fraud

Nov. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Demands to stop the vote count. Baseless accusations of fraud. Claims that the opposition is trying to “steal” the election. Across the world, many were scratching their heads Friday — especially in countries that have long been advised by Washington on how to...