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Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty – U.N.

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United Nations foresees a 7% rise in Latin America's poverty rate in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the region's most vulnerable populations

Venezuelan migrants attempting to return to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic  remain in makeshift camps at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on July 7 , 2020. - Colombia has exceeded 4,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since it detected the first case on March 6, the Ministry of Health reported this Sunday. (Photo by Schneyder MENDOZA / AFP)

Coronavirus decimating indigenous Latin American communities

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Indigenous people in Latin America are being decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect

COPING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS. Colombian Tikuna indigenous people pose wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Leticia, department of Amazonas, Colombia, on June 8, 2020. File photo by Tatiana De Nevo/AFP

U.S. brands Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's to change amid protests

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Aunt Jemima line of pancake syrup and batter will be renamed, while the Uncle Ben's brand of rice dishes will 'evolve'

Boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix are seen on a store shelf on June 17, 2020 in Washington,DC. - The Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancake mix will get a new name and image, Quaker Oats announced on June 17, 2020, saying that the company recognizes that "Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." The 130-year-old brand features a Black woman named Aunt Jemima, who was originally dressed as a minstrel character. Quaker, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, said removing the image and name is part of an effort by the company “to make progress toward racial equality.” (Photo by Eva HAMBACH / AFP)

America's original sin: Floyd death prompts historical soul-searching

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:16 PM

'We're seeing tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of Americans wrestling with fundamental questions of what do we do with the unsavory – and, let's be frank, even immoral – aspects of our past.'

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on June 10, 2020. The symbols of the Confederate States and its support for slavery are being targeted for removal following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in police custody. Parker Michels-Boyce / AFP

Latin America virus cases top 1.5M as markets fear second wave

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Figures in the US show a spike in new infections in key states including Texas, California, Arizona, and Florida

An Education Ministry staffer wears a protective suit while delivering free school lunch kits for locals in need in Megalco, state of Para, Brazil on June 11, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Megalco has more than 10,000 school students and classes will not resume for at least another three months due to the pandemic. TARSO SARRAF / AFP

Latin America logs 70,000 coronavirus deaths

Jun 11, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Around 18,000 nurses in Brazil have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 181 have died – among the highest numbers in the world

Health professionals check a patient infected with COVID-19 at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Doctor Ernesto Che Guevara Public Hospital in Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on June 6, 2020. Marathon-like shifts, low salaries and psychological pressure for fear of taking the coronavirus home: this is the routine of nurses in Brazil, where over 181 professionals have died in the front line fighting against the pandemic. Mauro Pimentel / AFP

Latin America passes 70,000 deaths as virus slashes global economy

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Brazil accounts for almost 40,000 – or more than half – of Latin America's total deaths, registering 1,274 fatalities in the last 24 hours

Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 corovavirus pandemic. - Brazilian opposition parties filed an impeachment request against Bolsonaro at the Lower House. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

In a grim new landmark, infections in Latin America and the Caribbean surge past one million

TEST. A person walks past a pharmacy where COVID-19 tests are conducted in Recoleta commune in Santiago, Chile, on May 06, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Latin America's stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

May 31, 2020 - 3:00 PM

With countries across Latin America in lockdown, flight activity plummets 93% and revenue losses are estimated at $18 billion

LATAM. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of LATAM Airlines. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile – WHO

May 27, 2020 - 1:49 PM

With about 730,000 cases and more than 39,500 deaths from COVID-19 reported as of May 25, Latin America outpaces Europe and the United States in the number of daily infections

DISINFECT. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020 a volunteer walks past a mural of the Brazilian flag as he disinfects an area at the Babilonia favela, in Rio de Janeiro.  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Spain to reopen to tourists as South America named virus hotspot

May 25, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Brazil saw its death toll passing 22,000 on Saturday from more than 347,000 infections, the second biggest caseload of any country in a pandemic

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

South America named virus epicenter as Trump seeks U.S. reopening

May 23, 2020 - 11:14 PM

Brazil leads the surge across South America, its death toll passing 21,000 from 330,000 infections, the third highest caseload of any country in a pandemic that has infected 5.2 million globally and killed more than 338,000

CEMETERY. Aerial view of gravediggers working during the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 22, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Latin America jobless to increase by 11.5 million due to virus – U.N.

May 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Nations also expects Latin America's economy to shrink by an estimated 5.3% in 2020 – the worst fall since 1930

A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2020. - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 276,435 people worldwide since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Saturday. (Photo by Carl DE SOUZA / AFP)

Brazil sees record virus deaths as pandemic surges in Latin America

May 20, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Latin America has seen coronavirus infections surge in recent days and now accounts for about 580,000 of the world's nearly 5 million confirmed cases

3RD HIGHEST. A volunteer disinfects an alley at the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 20, 2020. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

May 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The US Department of Homeland Security says the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire May 20, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days

US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. The United States agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries. Lars Hagberg / AFP

U.S. shopper uses KKK hood as face covering

May 06, 2020 - 11:46 AM

'I am stunned, stunned because it's always sad when somebody, regardless of what the reasoning is, resorts to putting any kind of symbol out there that depicts some kind of hatred,' says Mayor John Minto

KKK. An activist paints an image depicting Ku Klux Klan on the border wall between the cities of Mexico's Ciudad Juarez and US' Sunland Park during a protest in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on November 5, 2017. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Pandemic to provoke worst ever recession in Latin America

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:35 AM

A United Nations body expects Latin America's gross domestic product to see a record contraction of 5.3% in 2020

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Women suffer as lockdown worsens Latin America's 'domestic hell'

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:21 AM

In Mexico, it is estimated that around 200 women have been murdered since quarantine measures began

BARRED. Health workers wearing biosafety suits take the temperature of a woman during a checkup for the novel coronavirus at Nueva Floresta neighborhood in Cali, Colombia, on April 20, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Coronavirus could spark 2nd Latin America 'lost decade' – IMF

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Latin America's 'lost decade' traditionally refers to the 1980s, when countries were forced to tightened their belts to meet debt payments. Could this happen again?

HOMELESS. A homeless man wears a face mask against the spread of the coronavirus in Cali, Colombia, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

U.S. banking giants report gloomy earnings despite strong trading

Apr 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Results from Citigroup, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs highlight that they clearly are preparing for a United States recession

U.N. predicts 'deep recession' in Latin America due to virus

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:25 AM

'We're faced with the largest fall in growth that the region has had,' says the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Farmers offer their products for sale in a market in downtown Ozumba, Mexico state, on April 3, 2020, during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)

Virus-hit cruise ship arrives in Florida – and another on the way

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:52 PM

The Zaandam, operated by Holland America Line, ties up at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and its sister ship the Rotterdam is not far behind

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - APRIL 02: Worker are seen as they dock the Zaandam cruise ship at Port Everglades on April 02, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Holland America cruise ship had been at sea for the past 19 days after South American ports denied their entry due to the coronavirus outbreak. Reports indicated that two of four people that died aboard the Zaandam had tested positive for COVID-19. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

U.S. working on plan to allow virus-hit ship to dock

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Already 4 guests have died on the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, the Zaandam, which is owned by Holland America Line

View of Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with supplies, personnel and COVID-19 testing devices, eight milles off the coast of Panama City, on March 27, 2020. Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship carrying scores of people with flu-like symptoms that has been stranded off the Pacific coast of South America for several days, the liner company said Friday. The Zaandam, with 1,800 passengers on board, is currently in Panama's territorial waters, having been prevented from docking in several countries due to coronavirus fears.  Luis Acosta / AFP

Chile blocks cruise ship with sick passengers over virus fears

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Zaandam, flying under the Dutch flag and operated by the Holland America group, looks for a place for its sick passengers to disembark before continuing on to its final destination – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

THE ZAANDAM. Photo from

Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia while Chile enforces virus curfew

Mar 23, 2020 - 10:58 AM

Colombia's justice minister rejects accusations by rights groups that the riots were sparked by unsanitary conditions inside a prison system woefully unprepared to face the pandemic

HOMELESS. A homeless man wears a face mask against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Cali, Colombia, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Bolivia postpones election, Chile records 1st virus death

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Chile suffers its first death from the virus as Latin American countries step up measures to fight the deadly disease

PRECAUTION. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Latin American countries continue to ramp up measures to contain the virus outbreak with deaths from the COVID-19 disease jumping to 33 and total cases soaring to over 3,000

BOLIVIA AND THE CORONAVIRUS. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Chile calls state of catastrophe as Latin America fights virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Cuba also records its first death and a slew of countries announce nighttime curfews as Latin America's lockdown widens

STRANDED. A woman wears a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as she waits at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, in Santiago, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

85 million at risk from school feeding program closures in Latin America – FAO

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Some 85 million boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean are fed meals at school

KIDS. Indigenous children clap during a political rally in Orinoca, Oruro, Bolivia, 02 August 2005. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela puts 7 states in virus quarantine as LatAm steps up measures

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Argentina and Colombia also close their borders

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Argentina, Ecuador deaths take Latin American virus toll to 5

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Meanwhile, Venezuela, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Suriname report their first cases of the coronavirus

MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. A doctor and paramedics from the Emergency Medical Care System (SAMU) of Jalisco stand inside the mobile intensive care medical unit the UTIM, the first in Latin America equipped to transfer people infected with the COVID-19 virus in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Brazil confirms Latin America's 1st coronavirus case

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Another 20 cases are under investigation

FIRST IN LATIN AMERICA. Passengers, wearing masks as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus, travel through Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 26, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Marcelito Pomoy says international singing engagements are pouring in

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Marcelito, who placed 3rd runner-up in 'America's Got Talent: The Champion', already has singing engagements lined up abroad

U.S. Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy after abuse scandal

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Bankruptcy proceedings will help the Boy Scouts to 'equitably compensate' victims through the establishment of a victims' compensation trust and allow the organization to continue at a local level

BANKRUPTCY. In this file photograph taken on February 4, 2013, shows a detail of a Boy Scouts of America uniform in Irving, Texas. File photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. cruise ship blocked over virus fears to dock in Cambodia

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The Westerdam was supposed to be taking its 1,455 passengers on a dream 14-day cruise around east Asia, beginning in Hong Kong on February 1 and disembarking on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan

The Westerdam cruise ship is seen past Cambodian policemen as it approaches port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's southern coast on February 13, 2020, where the liner had received permission to dock after been refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand all refused to allow the ship to dock, despite operator Holland America insisting there were no cases of the deadly disease -- which has killed over 1,100 -- on board. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AF

Marcelito Pomoy on 'America's Got Talent' finals performance: 'For me, I'm already a winner'

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:07 PM

The dual-voice singer sang 'Beauty and the Beast' in the show's finals

MARCELITO POMOY. The singer performs in the finals night of 'America's Got Talent: The Champions.' Screenshot from

WATCH: Marcelito Pomoy performs 'Beauty and the Beast' on 'America's Got Talent'

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Marcelito channels both Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the song

WATCH: Marcelito Pomoy's showstopping performance on 'America's Got Talent' semi-finals

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The number sends him through to the grand finals of the talent competition

DUAL VOICES. Marcelito Pomoy sings both the male and female parts in Andrea Bocelli's 'Con Te Partiro.' Screenshot from

'1917' scoops top Hollywood director prize for Sam Mendes

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The win makes the movie directed by Sam Mendes a favorite to win best director at the Oscars on February 9

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: DGA Feature Film Award winner for '1917' Sam Mendes poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ritz Carlton on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

War thriller '1917' bags top PGA award ahead of Oscars

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:14 PM

The movie, which follows two British soldiers on a perilous mission across no man's land, has already scooped the Golden Globe for best drama, and has 10 Oscar nominations including for best picture

WATCH: Marcelito Pomoy wows judges, audience in 'America’s Got Talent: The Champions'

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:41 PM

'I have a feeling that the super fans will put you through the next round, ' Simon Cowell tells Marcelito after his performance

North Korea says will resume U.S. talks if demands fully met

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'We have been deceived by the US, being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half, and that was the lost time for us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Disinformation agents are targeting veterans in run-up to 2020 election

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Foreign actors eye future spies and government bureaucrats

US DISINFORMATION. Header image from animation by Anastasia Gviniashvili for Coda Story.

Chen glides to third straight Skate America crown

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:09 PM

World champion Nathan Chen dazzles in a crowd-pleasing 'Rocket Man' number to seal the gold

STRENGTH AND GRACE. Nathan Chen dominates the first event of the international skating Grand Prix series. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Solid gold toilet stolen from English palace

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The theft causes a flood at Britain's Blenheim Palace

STOLEN. The art piece 'America' is taken from the Blenheim Palace in Britain. Photo by Kristopher McKay/Guggenheim Museum

Meet Jay Poblador, a top Filipino in the international food industry

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

From working with Michelin-starred chefs, to raising tens of thousands of dollars for Yolanda (Haiyan) victims, Jay Poblador is a true inspiration to all Filipinos in the food industry

Pompeo to take up immigration, Iran on Latin America tour

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pompeo will start his tour in Argentina, where he will take part on July 19 in a 'counterterrorism ministerial' among Western Hemisphere nations

LATIN AMERICAN TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

No Neymar, no problem as Brazil begins new Copa reign

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Brazil shows it is not 'Neymar-dependent' with the 2019 Copa America crown

NOT DEPENDENT. Brazil wins the 2019 Copa America without Neymar. File photo by Evaristo SA/AFP