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FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018, photo, Belgian soccer team coach Roberto Martinez reacts on the balcony of the city hall at the Grand Place in Brussels. Martinez has signed a new contract to lead the Red Devils through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP, File)

Roberto Martínez signs new deal as coach of Belgium

May. 20, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberto Martínez signed a new contract to lead Belgium through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying Wednesday he had “unfinished business” with the top-ranked national team following the postponement of this year's European Championship. Martínez took charge in 2016...

Visitors wearing a face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 admire statues in the Rome Capitoline Museums, including the second century A.D. Roman marble statue

UN agency warns pandemic could kill 1 in 8 museums worldwide

May. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Museums are starting to reopen in some countries as governments ease coronavirus restrictions, but experts warn one in eight worldwide could face permanent closure due to the pandemic. Studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums show 90% of the planet's museums, some 85,000...

Belgian police seize 11.5 tons of cannabis, arrest 6 people

May. 19, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police have seized 11.5 tons of cannabis with an estimated street value of 114 million euros ($124.6 million) and arrested six people during a drugs bust at Brussels' main wholesale market, officials said Tuesday. The Belgian capital's prosecution office said special federal police...

United Auto Workers members leave the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Plant after the first work shift, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Warren, Mich. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV along with rivals Ford and General Motors Co., restarted the assembly lines on Monday after several week of inactivity due to the corona virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further

May. 18, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months Monday in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry, while an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus yielded encouraging results in a small and extremely...

A security guard, at left, stands in front of a coronavirus-themed mural Monday, May 18, 2020, in the arts district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 18, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Greece, shops in Italy, markets and museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Germany while its leaders discussed how to salvage hallowed summer vacations. New infections and deaths have slowed considerably in...

Players of Hoffenheim and Hertha warm-up in the empty stadium prior to the Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC Berlin in Sinsheim, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Thomas Kienzle/AFP pool via AP)

The Latest: NASCAR’s Pocono races might be run without fans

May. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County,...

Students, wearing face masks and paying attention to social distancing, study at Les Magnolias primary school during the partial lifting of coronavirus, COVID-19, lockdown regulations in Brussels, Monday, May 18, 2020. Belgium is taking the next step in its relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday, with more students going to school, markets and museums reopening and the snip of a barber's scissors filling the air again. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

"Get Out! Move!" Belgium relaxes lockdown for lazier nation

May. 18, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is taking the next step in its relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday and is also telling people: get up! Schools are opening up to more students, markets are setting up again and museums are the reopening their doors. And the snip of a barber’s scissors fills the...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 30, 2019 file photo, a view of the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, southern Austria.  Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. The first 10 F1 races have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. (Christian Bruna, Pool via AP, File)

F1: Belgian GP gets go ahead for Aug. 30, with no fans

May. 15, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian Grand Prix can go ahead at its original August date, but with no fans, local authorities in the Walloon region said Friday. After Belgium last month banned all mass events in the country until August 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Formula One race scheduled for...

In this photo taken on Saturday, May 9, 2020, Jean-Claude Van Heule, left, receives a visit by crane platform from his brother, Omer Van Heule, at the La Cambre senior living home in Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium. Tristan Van den Bosch, an operator of mobile platforms, saw his equipment stand idle because of the coronavirus pandemic and realized too many families could not see their locked-up elderly in care homes. Two problems created one solution and Van den Bosch has been driving his cranes to care homes in several towns across Belgium to lift the spirits of all involved. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Uplifting idea: Cranes reunite families in corona crisis

May. 14, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

WATERMAEL-BOITSFORT, Belgium (AP) — Something he saw as he drove to work one morning gave Tristan Van den Bosch an uplifting idea. “I saw a man shouting at his mother,” said Van den Bosch. Not unusual — except that the man was on the ground and his mother was three stories up. She...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...