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Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Apo - Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

Ecuador extends virus 'state of exception' for 2 months

Quito - Ecuador, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus in Latin America, has extended its "state of exception" for two months as it struggles to contain the deadly illness.Ecuador, a country of 17.

Brazilians hold rival rallies for and against president

S - Brazilians took to the streets in Sao Paulo and Brasilia for rival demonstrations on Sunday for and against President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized over his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

'Recycles' help shield Mexico health workers from COVID-19 stigma

Mexico - Daniela Chavez, a doctor, took up cycling to work after she felt discriminated against by a taxi driver.

Mexican filmmaker Cuaron backs domestic workers over pay

Mexico - Oscar-winning Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron on Tuesday backed calls to ensure thousands of domestic workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be paid.

Half of Chile senate, four ministers in coronavirus quarantine

Santiago - Around half of Chile's 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santi...

Great-grandmother's losses show virus' ravages in Brazil

Manaus - Maria Nunes Sinimbu thought of the coronavirus pandemic as a faraway crisis.Then COVID-19 killed five of her family members as the disease ravaged her hometown, Manaus, the biggest city in the Brazilian Amazon.

Brazil presidential spokesman tests positive for virus

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's spokesman has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said Wednesday, the latest case to hit close to the far-right leader, who rejects social distancing measures.

Colombian capital's mayor under fire for lockdown breach

Apo - Prosecutors in Colombia are investigating Bogota mayor Claudia Lopez for allegedly breaching the country's strict quarantine rules against the spread of the coronavirus.

Anguish in Brazil's ICU units overwhelmed by COVID-19

S - Frederic Lima arrived at the already overwhelmed Emilio Ribas hospital in Sao Paulo with coronavirus symptoms. Less than 12 hours later a doctor told the 32-year-old's aunt: "We did everything possible.

US and Mexico 'need each other,' says president Lopez Obrador

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador played down on Thursday his counterpart Donald Trump's decision to temporarily halt immigration to the United States, saying it wouldn't affect business between the neighboring countries.

Brazilian city of Manaus fighting 'horror movie' pandemic conditions

Manaus - Bodies are piling up in refrigerated trucks outside overwhelmed hospitals. Doctors are in short supply. Bulldozers are digging mass graves at cemeteries. And the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.

Fear of giving birth in Ecuador's virus epicenter

Guayaquil - Maoli Plaza is eight months pregnant, but she does not know how her baby is or where it will be born.

Searching for dead brings extra agony in Ecuador's largest city

Guayaquil - Darwin Castillo's father died in Guayaquil during the coronavirus pandemic that has caused the Ecuadoran city's health system to collapse.

Brazil's Bolsonaro defends sacking health minister amid pandemic

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday defended his decision to restart economic activity in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after sacking his health minister over differences in how to tackle the disease.

Waiting for news of the dead at the heart of Ecuador's virus outbreak

Guayaquil - A fetid smell seeps out when an official dressed in full virus protection gear steps out of the door to the Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever

Bejing - Sun Dawu sighs sadly when asked about the death of thousands of his pigs, killed by the African swine fever outbreak that has been decimating hog herds across China.

Polio makes comeback in Venezuela after decades

Caracas - Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports.

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