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QUITO — We are among 250 population scientists and health specialists from around the globe who have issued a stark warning to countries in the Caribbean and Latin America: governments must increase COVID-19 testing in the region before it is too late. Having observed the experience elsewhere in the world, the region

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SAN JUAN — The suspected mismanagement of essential supplies during Hurricane Maria turned out to be a boon for Puerto Rico as it fights a rise in coronavirus cases. Health Secretary Lorenzo González said Saturday that officials discovered a cache of urgently needed personal protective equipment at a hospital in

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico on Tuesday closed its fourth police station in a week, raising concerns about the ability of it to respond to the coronavirus pandemic as officers accused the government of exposing one of the largest police departments in a U.S. jurisdiction to COVID-19. More than 100

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WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the territory, triggering the release of federal funds to mitigate the health and economic devastation brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. The declaration designates federal assistance to be used for emergency aid related to health care

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SAN JUAN — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, have destined an additional $37.8 million in funds for 116 recovery and reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico.  The funds were approved between Feb. 28 and Mar. 6 and include more than $1.2 million for the Ponce

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NEW YORK — A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s estate on Tuesday blamed the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands for its inability to begin payouts to victims of the late financier’s sexual abuse. At a hearing in federal court in Manhattan, the lawyer Bennet Moskowitz said Virgin Islands Attorney

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BEIJING — The serious threat to U.S. hegemony in the Pacific posed by China is hardly a secret. Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, including the construction of artificial islands in the waters of the Philippines, has been an issue for several years now. Then there is the increased

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WASHINGTON — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. will be among several governors of U.S. territories scheduled to testify before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Natural Resources at noon today. Bryan will be testifying during a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request for Department

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SAN JUAN — As Puerto Rico is struggling to recover from hurricanes and earthquakes, the White House confirmed this weekend that it is appointing U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown as its liaison for the disaster-struck island. In a statement, the White House said Brown “will coordinate United States

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SAN JUAN — The screams echoed across Puerto Rico when Jennifer Lopez unfurled a feather cape representing the flag of the U.S. commonwealth during the Super Bowl’s halftime show, a moment that many were still replaying and sharing on Monday. The move came at a trying time for those on

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