Latin America News Headlines
Athletes step up to help fight coronavirus in Brazil
April 7 (Reuters) - As infections of the novel coronavirus rise steadily in Brazil and threaten to cause chaos in its densely populated favelas, some of the country's leading athletes are stepping up to help the most vulnerable communities.
RPT-UPDATE 3-Chinese refiners try out cheap, exotic oil from Europe -sources
SINGAPORE/MOSCOW/LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - Bargain-hunting Chinese buyers have snapped up very cheap and sometimes obscure crude oil grades, mostly from Europe, where the impact of lockdowns to halt the new coronavirus has devastated demand.
Volkswagen Mexico says employee died in potential case of COVID-19
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Volkswagen Mexico issued a statement saying one of its employees in the country had died in a potential case of coronavirus.
Panama reports 149 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 2,249
MEXICO CITY, April 7 (Reuters) - Panama registered 149 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country's total to 2,249 cases, authorities said on Tuesday.
Two Peruvian women diagnosed with COVID-19 give birth to healthy babies - doctor
LIMA (Reuters) - Two pregnant women diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Peru have given birth to babies who have tested negative for the disease, a hospital in the capital Lima said on Tuesday.
U.S. firms lobby to keep working in Mexico despite coronavirus curbs
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. business lobbies are pressuring Mexico's government to label certain industries "essential" so that strict health emergency measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus in Mexico do not halt key operations on both sides of the border.
Court throws out rape, trafficking charges against leader of Mexico-based church
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California appeals court on Tuesday threw out criminal charges including rape and human trafficking against the leader of a Mexico-based church, ruling he was denied his right to a speedy preliminary hearing in the high-profile case.The ruling appears to mean that Naason Joaquin Garcia, head and self-styled apostle of the Guadalajara-based evangelical church La Luz del Mundo (Light of the World), must be released from custody.
Ecuador builds emergency cemeteries due to coronavirus outbreak
GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Ecuador's government is preparing an emergency burial ground on land donated by a private cemetery in Guayaquil, the country's largest city, to address a shortage of burial plots as the novel coronavirus hits the Andean country hard.
Mexico registers 2,785 cases of coronavirus and 141 deaths
MEXICO CITY, April 7 (Reuters) - Mexico has registered 346 new cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the country's total to 2,785, as well as 141 deaths, the health ministry said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom)
UPDATE 3-Social groups urge mass debt relief for poor countries hit by virus crisis
LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - Nearly 140 campaign groups and charities urged the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, G20 governments and private creditors on Tuesday to help the world's poorest countries through the coronavirus crisis by canceling debt payments.
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