Latin American cities adapt to social distancing with cycle lanes, wider pavements | AFP

Latin American cities, including Bogota, are creating cycle lanes and expanding pavements in order to implement social distancing rules. However, the idea of redistributing public space is not new for the Colombian capital.

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Brazilian nurses pay tribute to fallen colleagues | AFP

Dozens of nurses in Brasilia gather to honour some 100 colleagues who have died from the coronavirus. Brazil has been the hardest-hit Latin American country, with the death toll reaching 12,400 as of Tuesday.

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Brazil tops 10,000 deaths from COVID-19: Official | AFP

Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, has surpassed 10,000 deaths, according to figures released Saturday by the Ministry of Health. The country has now recorded 10,627 deaths and 155,939 confirmed cases. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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COVID-19: applause, protests from home in Latin American countries | AFP

Hundreds of people applaud from their homes in several Latin American countries to show support for medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak, and also bang on pots and pans to protest their government’s handling of the pandemic.

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24h of Violence in Mexico: mass grave in Tijuana | AFP

Mexico is an enormous mass grave. It is estimated that there are 50,000 disappeared in the country and since the war on drugs began in 2006, more than 3,000 clandestine graves have been found. Some, like this one in Tijuana, have become places of memory. AFP journalists spend 24 hours capturing scenes of violence in the Latin American country.

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Bolivia’s interim president signs off on new elections | AFP

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez signs off on new elections Sunday, in a key step towards ending weeks of unrest and turning the page on Latin American leftist icon Evo Morales. IMAGES

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Havana at 500: a city through the eyes of four ‘habaneros’

Half a millennium since its founding by Spanish colonists, the Cuban capital Havana has become a byword for Latin American romance and revolutionary nostalgia.

As the city celebrate its 500th anniversary, AFP interviewed four Havana residents, whose lives reflect its history and its recent changes.

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Latin American leaders arrive for Amazon regional summit | AFP

The presidents of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador arrive for a regional summit on fires that have devastated the Amazon, which are also being attended by representatives of Brazil, Suriname and Guyana. IMAGES

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El Salvador’s president receives US Pompeo at Presidential House | AFP

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele receives US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who arrived in San Salvador for a meeting at the Presidential House, as part of a Latin American tour that included stopovers in Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico. IMAGES

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Electric scooters zip into Latin America’s traffic chaos | AFP

Electric scooters have promised to revolutionise transport in congested and polluted Latin American cities; critics say they have only added to the chaos. Electric scooters from carpool companies appeared by the thousands last year on the streets and sidewalks of Bogota and Lima in Sao Paulo and Mexico City.

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Plastic polluter: Brazil recycles ‘almost nothing’

Brazil is the fourth biggest producer of plastic rubbish in the world, according to a recent report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), but the Latin American country recycles just 1.28 percent of the 11.4 million tonnes it generates every year, which the WWF said was well below the global average of nine percent.

‘La Llorona’ stars celebrate the movie’s ghost

The stars of supernatural horror film “The Curse of La Llorona” on the ghostly character from Latin American folklore (16 April).

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Russia must get out of Venezuela, all options open – Trump

US President Donald #Trump has warned that #Russia must get out of #Venezuela. Two planeloads of Russian troops are currently in the Latin American country under the terms of a 2001 cooperation treaty.
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Brazil’s Temer stopped, detained on highway in “Car Wash” probe

Security forces stop the car with Brazil’s ex-president Michel Temer inside as he becomes the latest former leader of the Latin American country to be caught up in the so-called Car Wash investigation that has claimed dozens of political and corporate scalps. IMAGES

Trump touts US-Brazilian ties in meeting with Bolsonaro

President Donald Trump heaped praise on right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — and received plenty back — in announcing a special relationship that he said could even see the Latin American country join NATO.

Venezuela’s Guaido arrives for meeting with union leaders

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido arrives for a meeting with union leaders, a day after returning to the country following a Latin American tour, defying the threat of arrest from embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s government. IMAGES

Demonstrators rally to support Juan Guaido’s return to Venezuela

Hundreds of demonstrators arrive at a rally in Caracas after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro — as the self-declared interim president prepared to return after a week touring Latin American allies. IMAGES

LA Philharmonic conductor discusses Venezuela crisis at Oscars

Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of the Oscars’ ceremony, the Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, wears a pin in support of his fellow Venezuelans who “are going through a terrible crisis.” Dudamel also says he is happy Latin American culture is being represented in cinema, praising Mexican Director Alfonso Cuaron, whose film “Roma” is nominated for 10 awards.

‘US embarked on course of regime change in Venezuela’

Miguel Tinker Salas, a professor of Latin American studies, says any pretence of this crisis being a democratic process happening in Venezuela, is nonsense.

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