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Members of the LGBTQ community gather in the courtyard of the squat known as Casa Nem to watch the weekly presentations by residents on a makeshift stage, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

Jul. 10, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen people get settled on broken couches beneath a banner reading “Cure Your Prejudice.” They face the makeshift stage where a transgender woman appears in a short, tight dress and performs to...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, waves during a procession Corpus Christi, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite

Jul. 9, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite. Three...

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly, jokes with lawmakers after giving a press conference at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. Cabello has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela socialist party boss announces he has COVID-19

Jul. 9, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the highest-ranking leader in the distressed South American nation thus far to come down with the virus. Cabello is considered the second-most powerful person...

Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for COVID-19, ‘feels strong’

Jul. 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for COVID-19, ‘feels strong’.
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Jul. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020 file photo, a woman leaves a Walgreens pharmacy that is enforcing social distancing rules by allowing only a certain numbers of people in as customers line up on the sidewalk outside the store in New York. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the drugstore chain to a $1.7-billion loss in its fiscal third quarter, as customers stayed home to avoid the virus or consolidated their shopping to grocery stores. The international drugstore chain said Thursday, July 9 the rapidly spreading virus took a bite of between $700 million and $750 million out of sales in the quarter.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Walgreens lost $1.7B in 3Q as global pandemic tightened grip

Jul. 9, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic pushed Walgreens to a $1.7 billion loss it the most recent quarter with customers staying home or limiting shopping to essential supplies from grocery stores. The drugstore chain said Thursday that the rapidly spreading virus took a bite of between $700 million and $750 million from...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro stands with his arms crossed outside the official presidential residence, Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Bolsonaro said Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Bolsonaro now 'poster boy' for dubious COVID-19 treatment

Jul. 9, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...