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A woman wearing a mask against the spread of the coronavirus walks past graffiti depicting late Bishop Amfilohije in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The Latest: Mask mandate spurs Idaho official to push back

Nov. 26, 2020 12:45 PM EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A county commissioner in northern Idaho has proposed defunding the local health district after the district instituted a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus as it surges in the area. The Bonner County Dailey reports that Bonner County Commissioner Steven Bradshaw...

EU nations on Med coast renew push for migrant quotas

Nov. 26, 2020 10:26 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four European Union countries that hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migrants have entered over the past five years have expressed concern that new proposals to revamp the EU’s asylum system will continue to leave them to cope with the challenge alone. Greece, Italy, Malta and...

Protesters wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 take part in a rally during a 24-hour strike, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Civil servants in Greece have walked off the job in a 24-hour strike expected to disrupt public transport and services, on a variety of demands, including better workplace protections against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece extends coronavirus lockdown by a week

Nov. 26, 2020 9:27 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government spokesman on Thursday announced a weeklong extension to the country's current lockdown, due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, particularly in the north of the country. Stelios Petas said the lockdown, which was due to end on Nov. 30, would be extended to...

Greece: Turkey still risks EU sanctions over sea dispute

Nov. 26, 2020 8:39 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Thursday that neighbor Turkey has so far refused to take action requested by the European Union to avoid sanctions from the bloc. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said ongoing Turkish offshore gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean has undermined efforts to...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016, file photo, Belarus guard Lindsey Harding (12) controls the rebound next to teammate Yelena Leuchanka, center, and Australia center Liz Cambage, rear, during the second half of a women's basketball game at the Youth Center at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has been a difficult last few months for former Belarus star basketball player Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she has been in Greece. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Ex-WNBA player reflects on jail time after Belarus protest

Nov. 24, 2020 2:43 PM EST

It's been a difficult last few months for former Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election, and then contracted the coronavirus this month while in Greece. “I couldn’t be...

A man wearing a face mask against the spread of coronavirus, stands at the entrance of Athens Academy in the Greek capital on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Greece is set to extend its lockdown measures beyond the end of November given the spread of COVID-19 and the pressure on hospitals, the country's health minister warned Monday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece strike to disrupt public transport

Nov. 24, 2020 11:20 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Airlines are rescheduling or canceling flights to, from and within Greece this week as air traffic controllers join a nationwide public sector strike scheduled for Thursday. The strike is set to disrupt public transport, including ferry services between the islands and the mainland....

Medical staff conducts a rapid COVID test on an elderly woman in Athens, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Greece has seen a major resurgence of the virus after the summer, leading to dozens of deaths each day and thousands of new infections. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece faces renewed lockdown as pressure on hospitals rises

Nov. 23, 2020 2:45 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece is set to extend its lockdown measures beyond the end of November given the spread of COVID-19 and the pressure on hospitals, the country's health minister warned Monday. “Based on the epidemic figures, the pressure on the national health system and the spread of...

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, church leaders open the coffin of Patriarch Irinej during the procession at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. The spread of the virus within the largest religious group in the Balkans is getting more alarming by the day. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Virus deaths of senior Serb religious leaders triggers alarm

Nov. 23, 2020 10:23 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. The spread of the virus within the largest religious group in the Balkans is getting more...

Firefighters retrieve the body of a migrant from the beach after a shipwreck on the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Greece's coast guard says a speedboat that appeared to have been smuggling migrants to the island of Rhodes from nearby Turkey partially sank before reaching land Monday, leaving one person dead. (Argyris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP)

Speedboat taking migrants to Greece partially sinks; 1 dead

Nov. 23, 2020 7:23 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A speedboat that appeared to have been smuggling migrants to the Greek island of Rhodes from nearby Turkey partially sank before reaching land, leaving one person dead, Greece's coast guard said Monday. The coast guard said it received information about the speedboat near the...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...