Latin America and Caribbean News

Laundromat owner Jesus Vazquez pauses before closing his shop to comply with the government's curfew aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus, which is shuttering all non-essential businesses for two weeks in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, March 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Puerto Rico shutters police stations amid COVID-19 curfewPuerto Rico has closed its fifth police station in a week as officers accuse the government of exposing one of the largest police departments in a U.S. jurisdiction to COVID-19
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Rights, press groups condemn killing of Mexican journalistHuman rights and press freedom groups are condemning the murder of a Mexican journalist, at least the 12th such killing since the current president took office in December 2018
The Associated Press16 hours ago
A food delivery worker crosses Reforma Avenue, normally congested with traffic, in Mexico City, Friday, March 27, 2020. City authorities announced measures to deal with the new coronavirus such as closing bars, discos, museums, zoos, cinemas, theaters and gyms. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Too little too late? Experts decry Mexico virus policy delayMexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters and journalists as he arrives to give a news conference on the new coronavirus at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, March 27, 2020. Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Bolsonaro is calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary. (AP Photo/Andre Borges)
Facebook joins resistance to Bolsonaro virus claimsMajor social media companies are taking aim at Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's dismissal of social distancing, joining others in the country who are lining up against his controversial stance regarding the new coronavirus
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Soldiers stand in formation before disinfecting wagons for the new coronavirus at the central train station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where trains connect cities within the state, Thursday, March 26, 2020. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantineBrazil's churches and evangelical temples have landed on the front lines of a battle between state governors, who have introduced quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, and President Jair Bolsonaro, who is actively undermining them, saying confinement will ultimately destroy the country's economy
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this July 12, 2019 file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about an upcoming show in Madrid, Spain. On Friday, March 20, 2020, the American Guild of Musical Artists said Domingo has resigned from the U.S. union that represents opera singers, after two investigations found sexual harassment allegations against him to be credible. The guild said he will also contribute $500,000 to sexual harassment eradication programs and a fund that helps opera employees in crisis. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
Tenor Placido Domingo feels 'fine' after coronavirusTenor Placido Domingo says he is resting at home after catching coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
Mexico broadens one-month shutdown as virus cases top 1,094Mexico's government has broadened its shutdown of “non essential activities,” and prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people
The Associated Press1 day ago
Homeless people gather for a free cup of coffee and bread from a private charity in downtown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 30, 2020, while most other residents are staying home to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Brazil's Carnival beat fades, making way for virus shelterA month ago, Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome was the site of a massive Carnival party bursting with samba music and smiling faces
The Associated Press1 day ago
4.2 quake hits southern Puerto Rico amid coronavirus curfewA magnitude 4.2 earthquake has hit Puerto Rico at a shallow depth and was felt across the U.S. territory
The Associated Press1 day ago
Coronavirus hits rich and poor unequally in Latin America The coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region after many of Latin America's first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United States
The Associated Press2 days ago
Authority: Stranded ships begin transiting Panama CanalThe Panama Canal Authority says two cruise ships carrying more than 1,800 passengers and crew stranded off the Central American country and hoping to reach port in Florida had begun the process of transiting the canal
The Associated Press2 days ago
FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, walks with his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez as they review the troops during a military parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Justice Department made public it has charged in several indictments against Maduro and his inner circle, including Padrino, that the leader has effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
Guaido urges unity government backed by loans to fight virusVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is calling for the creation of a "national emergency government" of diverse political leanings to fight the spread of the coronavirus with the assistance of $1.2 billion in international loans
The Associated Press3 days ago
Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gambleEven as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, the Brazilian president has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader
The Associated Press4 days ago
This image provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a reward poster for Cliver Alcala-Cordones that was released on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The U.S. Justice Department has indicted Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism. (Department of Justice via AP)
AP Sources: Alleged Maduro co-conspirator is in DEA custodyFour people familiar with the case say a retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment
The Associated Press4 days ago
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