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With iffy wifi, Venezuelan schoolkids struggle to join classes

Caracas - Thumbing his mobile phone, Jonathan Figueroa sits on his doorstep in a desperate daily quest for a Wifi signal to download his homework.

Latin American leaders push at UN for free Covid vaccine

New York - Latin American leaders have appealed at the United Nations for free access to a future Covid-19 vaccine, urging major powers to share their know-how for the sake of global well-being.

Latin America's virus victims, and the spaces they leave behind

Mexico - An untouched exercise bike, a guitar that has gone silent, an empty couch -- these are just a few of the cherished possessions and everyday habits that tell the story of those who have died from Covid-19.

Fear of hospitals means some Mexicans 'prefer to die at home'

Mexico - By the time 61-year-old Mexican mechanic Martin Urdiain finally decided to go to hospital to seek treatment for the coronavirus, it was already too late. He died the next day.

Venezuela election candidates should get Russian vaccine: Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has proposed giving the first batch of a Russian coronavirus vaccine to candidates in upcoming legislative elections, which are being boycotted by the main opposition parties.

In-person learning creates dilemma for New York's poorest families

New York - As the first day of school approaches, New York's poorest -- often uninsured families -- face a risky choice: send kids to school where they could contract coronavirus, or keep them home for online classes, potentially compromising their academic progr...

Cuba imposes Havana curfew to curb spike in virus cases

Havana - The clocks strike 7:00 pm in Havana and the usually crowded Malecon esplanade quickly empties. For the first time since the Cuban revolution in 1959, the capital is under a night-time curfew imposed by the authorities to keep the coronavirus at bay.

Argentina's Tango World Championships moves online due to virus

Buenos Aires - Argentina's annual Tango World Championships gets underway Wednesday, but instead of hundreds of dancers competing in an arena in Buenos Aires, the pandemic means participants are competing virtually.

Soup kitchens are back, as crises bite hard in Chile

Santiago - Long months of a pandemic lockdown and economic crisis have revived a scourge that Chileans thought they had beaten forever: hunger.

Pandemic threatens to undo a decade of Latin American progress

Montevideo - Almost six months after it was first detected in Latin America, the coronavirus death toll has reached 250,000 and exacerbated poverty and inequality, threatening to undo a decade of slow social progress.Among the 620 million people in the region, 6.

Iconic hotel Copacabana Palace reopens in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - The Copacabana Palace, an iconic luxury hotel on the Rio de Janeiro waterfront, reopened Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close for the first time in its 97-year history.

ELN accuses supporters of Colombian ex-president of massacres

Havana - Faced with an escalation of murders in the territories where it operates, Colombia's Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels blame the violence on right-wing paramilitaries reacting to the house arrest of former president Alvaro Uribe.

Pandemic scuppers Latin America coming-of-age quinceaneras

Montevideo - The coronavirus pandemic has robbed millions of Latin American teenage girls of their 15th birthday parties, a coming-of-age ritual that many had been planning for months and even years.

Brazil indigenous protesters defy court, resume roadblock

Terra Nova - Indigenous protesters in Brazil defied a court order Tuesday and resumed a roadblock of a key highway through the Amazon rainforest, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Brazil indigenous protesters demand help against virus

Terra Nova - Brandishing bows and arrows, dozens of indigenous protesters blocked a main highway through the Brazilian Amazon Monday, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

New York museums, galleries to reopen from August 24

New York - New York's museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions will be allowed to reopen starting August 24, state governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday after a five-month shutdown due to the coronavirus.

'Destroyed': Coronavirus ravages Peruvian family

- The coronavirus pandemic has been cruel to the Diaz family in Peru, killing five members of the tight-knit clan and leaving another four still hospitalized.

'Destroyed': Coronavirus ravages Peruvian family

- The coronavirus pandemic has been cruel to the Diaz family in Peru, killing five members of the tight-knit clan and leaving another four still hospitalized.

'Destroyed': Coronavirus ravages Peruvian family

- The coronavirus pandemic has been cruel to the Diaz family in Peru, killing five members of the tight-knit clan and leaving another four still hospitalized.

Desperation and violence in Panama migrant camp

Marragant - Desperation is palpable in La Penita, an indigenous community in the Panamanian jungle province of Darien where 1,500 migrants have been blocked by the coronavirus pandemic from heading towards the United States.

Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases

Havana - Faced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba announced on Monday a record daily number of new infections.

Nearly half of inmates at Arizona prison test positive for virus

Los Angeles - More than 500 inmates -- nearly half the population -- of a prison in the US state of Arizona have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said, while at a California prison the virus death toll hit 22.

Chile hospitals ensure patients do not die alone despite pandemic

Santiago - All over the world, people are dying alone as relatives are barred from visiting them in hospital for fear of catching and spreading the coronavirus. But not in Chile.

Video of sobbing woman begging Peru president to save husband goes viral

Arequipa - A video of a mother running behind a van carrying Peru's President Martin Vizcarra and begging him to save her husband from COVID-19, has gone viral."Mr. President, Don't go!

Struggling Cirque du Soleil returns to Mexico

Playa Del Carmen - Using face masks, sanitizing gel and social distancing, Cirque du Soleil artists in Mexico practise before a performance -- a rare sign of hope for the famous Canadian circus company.

Cuba will eliminate dollar tax to boost economy

Havana - Cuba will eliminate Monday the 10 percent tax it has previously levied on the use of the US dollar -- and widen the categories of products for which it can be used to pay -- in response to the country's economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemi...

Venezuela tightens COVID-19 measures in capital after surge

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday a tightening of containment measures in the capital Caracas and neighboring Miranda state to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Brazil's displaced indigenous struggle in concrete jungle far from home

Belo Horizonte - Forced to leave her home after last year's Brumadinho dam disaster that killed 270 people, indigenous woman Angoho Pataxo Ha-ha-hae is now fighting the coronavirus sweeping through her community in the concrete jungle of a favela far from her ancestral...

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Panama - Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit by the pandemic, where doctors are already exhausted.

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.
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