QUITO - Conservative banker Guillermo Lasso will advance to the second round of Ecuador's presidential election after coming in second place in a Feb. 7 vote, the country's electoral authority said on Sunday, while the third-place finisher alleged fraud.
BRUSSELS - Brussels' cavernous basilica is one of the largest churches in the world but COVID-19 rules allow only 15 people at a time to attend mass there, the same limit applied to much smaller religious venues in Belgium.
BARCELONA - A colourful mural showing arrows through the heads of former Spanish king Juan Carlos and the late dictator General Francisco Franco was among images that graffiti artists painted on walls in Barcelona to protest on Sunday the jailing of a rapper for glorifying terrorism and insulting the monarchy in his songs.
LOS ANGELES - Need a reminder of just how imperiled moviegoing, at least in the U.S., remains due to the pandemic? Look no further than domestic box office charts. "The Croods: A New Age," which debuted theatrically in November, was the No. 1 movie in North America.
WASHINGTON - The United States faces a dark milestone despite a recent decline in COVID-19 cases as it prepares to mark a staggering half million deaths this week, nearly a year after the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the country with dueling public health and economic crises.