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A snowman, featuring a mask, is seen in Istanbul, Monday, Jan 18, 2021. Snow blanketed most of the Turkish metropolis of some 16 million that spans two continents, bridging Europe to Asia and the flurries are forecasted to continue throughout the day. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul and smog spiking as more coal was being burned to generate heat. In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Polish city funds LGBT shelter despite government hostility

Dec. 31, 2020 6:03 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government. The shelter offers temporary accommodation and psychological counseling for up to 12 homeless LGBT...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk in a business district in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he plans to submit legislation that will make coronavirus measures legally binding for businesses, punish violators and include economic compensation as his government struggles to slow the ongoing upsurge.(Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan's PM seeks to enforce virus measures

Dec. 27, 2020 11:01 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he plans to submit legislation that will make coronavirus measures legally binding for businesses, punish violators and include economic compensation as his government struggles to slow the ongoing upsurge. Japan had a state of emergency in April and May...

Doctor Bernhard Ellendt, right, injects the COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home resident Edith Kwoizalla, 101 years old, in Halberstadt, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. The first shipments of coronavirus vaccines have arrived across the European Union as authorities prepared to begin administering the first shots to the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort on Sunday. The vaccines developed by BioNTech and Pfizer arrived by truck in warehouses across the continent on Friday and early Saturday after being sent from a manufacturing center in Belgium before Christmas. (Matthias Bein/dpa Via AP)

Germany, Hungary give 1st vaccine shots ahead of EU rollout

Dec. 26, 2020 2:03 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany, Hungary and Slovakia began giving out their first coronavirus vaccine shots on Saturday only hours after receiving their first shipments, upsetting the European Union's plans for a coordinated rollout Sunday across the bloc's 27 nations. “Every day that we wait is...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, demonstrators stand next to a red lightning bolt, a symbol of the pro-choice movement, painted on the pavement during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Polish flag was publicly insulted after a family in Warsaw hung a flag from their balcony combined with a lightning bolt, a symbol for women's rights in Poland. (AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska, File)

Investigation opened after women's symbol put on Polish flag

Dec. 16, 2020 9:36 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Polish flag was publicly insulted after a family in Warsaw hung a flag from their balcony combined with a lightning bolt, a symbol for women's rights in Poland. It's the latest incident to raise questions about freedom of...

Police in riot gear block the path of anti-government protesters trying to reach the home of the ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday Dec. 13, 2020. Thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrated in Warsaw in the latest large protest after a high court ruled in October to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Sunday's protest was scheduled to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the 1981 martial law crackdown by the country's communist regime. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish leader hails summit deal on use of EU sanctions

Dec. 14, 2020 3:46 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative ruling party leader says the compromise struck at last week’s European Union summit that limits the use of financial sanctions is a “saber” protecting the country against any potential “attack” on the EU’s part. ...

Police in riot gear block the path of anti-government protesters trying to reach the home of the ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday Dec. 13, 2020. Thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrated in Warsaw in the latest large protest after a high court ruled in October to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Sunday's protest was scheduled to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the 1981 martial law crackdown by the country's communist regime. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poles protest on anniversary of communist-era crackdown

Dec. 13, 2020 12:36 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands marched Sunday in Warsaw and other Polish cities to protest the country's right-wing government, the latest demonstrations after a high court ruled to tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Sunday’s protests coincided with the 39th anniversary of the...

The flags of the European Union, Poland and the city of Warsaw hang in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2020. Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said the city was displaying EU flags around the city as a way of putting pressure on the national government to compromise in a dispute with the EU over the next long-term budget. Trzaskowski said the city wants to show to the rest of the EU that the Polish government's tough position

Poles voice fears of 'Polexit' as govt defies EU over budget

Dec. 9, 2020 10:26 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As the Polish government plays a game of chicken with the European Union over its next long-term budget, some Poles are voicing fears that a drawn-out conflict could put their country on a path toward an eventual departure from the bloc, or “Polexit.” Poland's...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban share a word as they line up for a group picture prior to a meeting in Beja, Portugal. Polish government officials insisted on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, that they are sticking to their tough negotiating position ahead of a key European Union summit next week that should finalize the bloc’s next seven-year budget and a major pandemic recovery package. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

Poland says it's not backing down ahead of EU budget summit

Dec. 4, 2020 7:37 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government officials insisted on Friday that they are sticking to their tough negotiating position ahead of a key European Union summit next week that should finalize the bloc's next seven-year budget and a major pandemic recovery package. Poland and Hungary have threatened to...