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Covid-19 infections and deaths are dropping across Latin America

The death and infection figures were the lowest in over a year, with downward trends in larger Caribbean islands including Cuba, though Paraguay and Belize saw jumps in cases.
Image: Pfizer BioNTech vaccine
Image: Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

Afro Latino actor Allen Maldonado: 'Visibility is everything'

The Black and Puerto Rican actor, who has a recurring role in ABC's "The Wonder Years" reboot, says he's "honored" to be part of the darker-skinned, Afro Latino "tribe."
Image: Allen Maldonado, left, as Coach Long and Dulé Hill, as Bill, in an episode of "The Wonder Years."
Image: Allen Maldonado, left, as Coach Long and Dulé Hill, as Bill, in an episode of "The Wonder Years."
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Puerto Rico governor signs into law debt-restructuring bill

The federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory's finances had previously said it would not approve of the law, with the impasse threatening years of bondholder negotiations.
Puerto Rico's Gov. Pedro Pierluisi
Puerto Rico's Gov. Pedro Pierluisi
2d ago

As activists plan nationwide protests, Cuba accuses U.S. of involvement

"We call on the Cuban government to respect these rights and see this not as an attack, but as an opportunity to listen to the Cuban people," the State Department said.
Image: Cuban President Miguel Díaz- Canel.
Image: Cuban President Miguel Díaz- Canel.

Puerto Rico leads nation in Covid-19 vaccinations

At least 73 percent of Puerto Rico residents are fully vaccinated, surpassing Vermont and Guam, which also have high Covid-19 vaccination rates, according to NBC News’ tally.
A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination campaign in Vieques, Puerto Rico, on March 10, 2021.
A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination campaign in Vieques, Puerto Rico, on March 10, 2021.
2d ago

Latina pioneers new role at Treasury Department to advance racial equity

Janis Bowdler, former UnidosUS economic policy director, becomes the first counselor for racial equity to lead efforts serving underrepresented communities at the Treasury Dept.
Jamie Dimon, Janis Bowdler
Jamie Dimon, Janis Bowdler
2d ago

Arrest of most wanted Colombian crime lord unlikely to turn tide in drug war

Trafficking is likely to continue, with rebels, former guerrillas who reject a peace deal and crime gangs all participating in drug trafficking, according to security sources.
Image: Dairo Antonio Usuga David, alias "Otoniel", top leader of the Gulf clan, is escorted by policemen after being captured, in Bogota
Image: Dairo Antonio Usuga David, alias "Otoniel", top leader of the Gulf clan, is escorted by policemen after being captured, in Bogota

In Nicaragua, thousands go to Honduras border crossings for Covid-19 vaccines

Promoting vaccines for Nicaraguans, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez wrote on Twitter that “the solidarity and brotherhood of Hondurans crosses borders.”
Image: Covid vaccination
Image: Covid vaccination

Facebook yanks Bolsonaro video claiming vaccines cause AIDS

The claim was among the most bizarre that the president, who contracted the virus last year and remains unvaccinated, has made about immunization against the coronavirus to date.
Image: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro after a last minute press conference with Paulo Guedes, Minister of Economy at the Ministry of Economy on Oct. 22, 2021 in Brasilia, Brazil.
Image: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro after a last minute press conference with Paulo Guedes, Minister of Economy at the Ministry of Economy on Oct. 22, 2021 in Brasilia, Brazil.
3d ago

In Colombia, shelters prepare for migrant families as Venezuela reopens border

Colombia has for years been the top destination for people fleeing Venezuela’s economic and social collapse, with some 1.8 million migrants living there.
Image: Venezuelan migrants line up to register at a migrant service point run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Chusaca
Image: Venezuelan migrants line up to register at a migrant service point run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Chusaca

In Venezuela, millions of students return to school after long Covid-19 closures

The government says 56 percent of the population of 28.7 million has been vaccinated, though the Pan-American Health Organization says just 21.6 percent are fully protected.
Image: Venezuelan students return to school after COVID-19 closures, in Caracas
Image: Venezuelan students return to school after COVID-19 closures, in Caracas