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FILE - In this file picture taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Marian Kocner, right, the suspected mastermind in the slaying of an investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova and suspected shooters Miroslav Marcek, center, and Tomas Szabo, left, are escorted by armed police officers from a courtroom during a trial session in Pezinok, Slovakia. On Monday April 6, 2020. On Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, an appeals court in Slovakia increased a sentence for Marcek from 23 years to 25 years in prison for the contract killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country's government. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

Slovakian court stiffens sentence of reporter's killer

Dec. 2, 2020 8:20 AM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Supreme Court of Slovakia on Wednesday increased the prison sentence of a former soldier convicted of killing an investigative journalist and his fiancée, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country’s government. In April, a lower court...

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...

Second placed Michelle Gisin of Switzerland, left, congratulates winner Petra Vlhova of Slovakia at the end of of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom race at the Levi ski resort in Kittila, Finnish Lapland, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

Vlhova keeps winning run going as Shiffrin slowly returns

Nov. 22, 2020 9:54 AM EST

LEVI, Finland (AP) — With Mikaela Shiffrin working her way back onto the World Cup circuit after 10 months away, Petra Vlhova has kept their joined winning streak in slaloms going once again on Sunday. While Shiffrin placed fifth, Vlhova held off a challenge from Michelle Gisin to clinch her second win in...

A medical staff member takes nasal swabs at a school set up as a testing facility in Bolzano, northern Italy, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Citizens in Italy’s small Germany-speaking province of South Tyrol were lining up Friday at schools, gymnasiums and pharmacies for a mass COVID-19 screening that officials hope will speed a lifting of the partial lockdown and get children back to school. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

German-speaking Italian province conducts mass rapid test

Nov. 20, 2020 12:45 PM EST

BOLZANO, Italy (AP) — Citizens in Italy’s small Germany-speaking province of South Tyrol lined up Friday at schools, gymnasiums and pharmacies for rapid coronavirus tests, the largest testing initiative in the country to date and one that officials hope will speed the lifting of a partial locally...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators protest against Poland's government's efforts to control the court system in front of the Supreme Court in Warsaw, Poland. The European Union still hasn't completely sorted out its messy post-divorce relationship with Britain — but it has already been plunged into another major crisis. This time the 27-member union is being tested as Poland and Hungary block passage of its budget for the next seven years and an ambitious package aimed at rescuing economies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

EU hit by new crisis, this time over money and values

Nov. 19, 2020 10:29 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union still hasn't completely sorted out its messy post-divorce relationship with Britain — but it has already been plunged into another major crisis. This time the 27-member union is being tested as Poland and Hungary block passage of its budget for the next...

Austrian Cabinet agrees to broad new anti-terror measures

Nov. 11, 2020 10:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's Cabinet on Wednesday agreed on a wide range of anti-terrorism measures meant to plug perceived security flaws identified after a deadly attack by an Islamic extremist in Vienna last week. The proposals include the ability to keep individuals convicted of...

A military police officer guard at the crime scene near a synagogue in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Several shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 2, in a lively street in the city center of Vienna. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

German police raid homes of 4 men linked to Vienna attacker

Nov. 6, 2020 10:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany on Friday raided the homes and businesses of four men linked to the Islamic State sympathizer who carried out a deadly shooting in the Austrian capital of Vienna this week. Austria, meanwhile, announced the temporary removal of several officials over errors made before the...

The Austrian national flag waves of half-mast on a building downtown in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Several shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 2, in a lively street in the city center of Vienna. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Austria plans intelligence agency reforms after attack

Nov. 5, 2020 11:12 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's leader called Thursday for more legal options to fight extremism and for an overhaul of the country’s domestic intelligence agency in the wake of this week’s deadly attack by an Islamic State sympathizer who authorities knew had tried to buy ammunition in neighboring...

A military police officer guard at the crime scene near a synagogue in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Several shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 2, in a lively street in the city center of Vienna. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Austria says mistakes made in dealing with Vienna attacker

Nov. 4, 2020 11:33 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Slovakian intelligence told their Austrian counterparts in July that the man who fatally shot four people in a terror attack in Vienna this week had tried to buy ammunition there and mistakes were apparently made in dealing with that information, Austrian authorities conceded Wednesday. The...

Sri Lankan health workers take a swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka postpones school reopening for virus

Nov. 2, 2020 11:46 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a surge of COVID-19 patients from two clusters in Colombo and the capital’s suburbs. Schools had been scheduled to reopen Nov. 9, but the government announced...