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Brazil and Mexico Are Latin America’s Coronavirus Holdouts

Brazil and Mexico Are Latin America's Coronavirus Holdouts

RIO DE JANEIRO — Most leaders in Latin America reacted to the arrival of the coronavirus in the region with speed and severity: Borders were shut. Flights were halted. Soldiers roamed deserted streets enforcing quarantines, and medical professionals braced for an onslaught of patients by building field hospitals. But the presidents of Brazil and Mexico, who govern more than half …

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Brazil and Coronavirus: Defiant Bolsonaro Dismisses Threat

Brazil and Coronavirus: Defiant Bolsonaro Dismisses Threat

RIO DE JANEIRO — As coronavirus cases and deaths mount in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has remained defiant, the last notable holdout among major world leaders in denying the severity of the coronavirus. Brazilians, he declared last week, are uniquely suited to weather the pandemic because they can be dunked in raw sewage and “don’t catch a thing.” Defying guidelines …

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Empty Hotels. Idled Tour Buses. The Pandemic Is Devastating Tourism.

Empty Hotels. Idled Tour Buses. The Pandemic Is Devastating Tourism.

MEXICO CITY — There were major hurricanes, and the global financial crisis of 2008. There was 9/11, and an array of regional health scares, from SARS to Zika. But during the decades that he’s been involved in the tourism business in the Caribbean island nation of Sint Maarten, Emil Lee has never seen anything remotely like the impact of the …

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U.N. Security Council ‘Missing In Action’ in Coronavirus Fight

U.N. Security Council ‘Missing In Action’ in Coronavirus Fight

The leader of the United Nations has called the coronavirus pandemic the most challenging crisis since the organization’s founding after World War II. But the Security Council, its most powerful arm, has been conspicuously silent. Secretary General António Guterres has pleaded for a unified global response as many nations turn inward and seal each other off in an effort to …

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At Margaret Atwood’s Prompting, Canada Launches Virtual Book Tours

At Margaret Atwood’s Prompting, Canada Launches Virtual Book Tours

OTTAWA — Margaret Atwood is launching an online series that she hopes will help Canada’s writers sell books to a nation of shut-ins. But even she has not been immune to the headaches plaguing many people as they attempt to communicate during the global pandemic. One came half an hour into a conversation about upcoming books with Adrienne Clarkson, a …

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Corona Beer to Halt Production Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Corona Beer to Halt Production Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Corona beer has become a temporary victim of the coronavirus. Grupo Modelo, the brewer behind Corona, Modelo and other beers, said in a statement on Thursday that it was suspending its beer production after the Mexican government ordered nonessential businesses to close in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The brewer, which is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, …

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