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COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries

The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll among Roman Catholic priests and nuns around the world, killing hundreds of them in a handful of the hardest-hit countries alone. The dead incl...

Eusebio Leal, who oversaw renewal of Old Havana, dies at 77

HAVANA (AP) — Eusebio Leal Spengler, who oversaw the transformation of crumbling Old Havana to an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, becoming the de-facto mayor of the historic city ce...

Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are known hot spots. Then there’s the compl...

Mexico's president in no hurry to confront virus outbreak

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Many countries in Latin America have taken aggressive measures to deal with the coronavirus such as closing their borders, dock and airports to foreigners, declaring states of emerg...

A snapshot of Mexico's cartel landscape amid rising violence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Another year, another homicide total unseen before in Mexico’s modern history as the country struggles to check rising violence. Cartels and other criminal groups...

Mexico's AMLO says he'll end appearances when time's right

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he will suspend his tours of the countryside and intimate, person-to-person interactions with large numbers of supporters when his ...

Mexico: AMLO shakes, hugs, cheek-kisses despite virus advice

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Health authorities are imploring Mexicans to change their lifestyles to slow the spread of the new coronavirus: Avoid physical greetings, keep your distance from others, avoid nones...

Mexico president: Anti-femicide protests won't change policy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that recent protests against rising killings of women in Mexico will not change his government’s long-term, ground-up approach to ...

Trump allies in Americas block Africans' path to US asylum

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't the only world leader making it virtually impossible for many Africans to get asylum in the United States. He's getting plenty of help from allies...

Ecuador reports 1st new virus case; Mexico confirms 2 more

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Officials in Ecuador on Saturday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the South American nation, while Mexico reported two more cases and Brazil one more. ...

Outspoken gang critic LeBarón flees threat in Mexico for US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A prominent member of a community of U.S.-Mexican dual citizens living in northern Mexico that was shattered by the November massacre of three women and six children along a rural r...

Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico's cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or in...

Mexico data confirm 0.1% economic contraction in 2019

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s economy entered a technical recession and contracted 0.1% in 2019, the first year of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s six-year term, according to fourth-quarter gove...

Illegal net snares humpback in endangered porpoise refuge

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rescuers in Mexico were partially able to free a humpback whale that became entangled in a fishing net illegally set inside a refuge for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise i...

Mexico City arrests 2 suspects in death of 7-year-old girl

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities said late Wednesday they arrested a woman and a man suspected in the kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl whose dead body was found wrapped in a plastic bag days later, a cas...