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Portuguese government raises its stake in national airline

Jul. 2, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government announced Thursday it is increasing its stake in TAP Air Portugal from 50% to 72.5% after prolonged negotiations with the airline’s minority private shareholders on how to save the money-losing company. “The state will now play a key role in...

From left to right: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Spain's King Felipe VI during a ceremony to mark the reopening of the Portugal/Spain border in Badajoz, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The border was closed for three and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Spain, Portugal leaders mark border reopening with pomp

Jul. 1, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BADAJOZ, Spain (AP) — The leaders of Spain and Portugal marked the reopening of their land border Wednesday, more than three months after shutting it because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spain’s King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de...

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 24, 2020, a woman wearing a face mask walks past workers washing the street in Lisbon's old center. Portugal avoided the dramatic numbers of infections and deaths recorded by some other European Union countries during the early months of the coronavirus outbreak but since ending its state of emergency and lockdown at the end of April, its total of officially recorded new infections has remained stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Portugal scrambles to regroup amid 100s of new virus cases

Jun. 26, 2020 2:59 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — At the Bairro do Zambujal housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, the behavior of residents offers clues to why this part of Portugal has become a hot spot for new COVID-19 cases and how government efforts to stamp out the new coronavirus are being frustrated. A lot of people in...

Commuters wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus line up to board a bus at a bus terminal in Beijing, Monday, June 22, 2020. A Beijing government spokesperson said the city has contained the momentum of a recent coronavirus outbreak that has infected a few hundreds of people, after the number of daily new cases fell to single digits. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China reports 22 newly confirmed cases of virus

Jun. 22, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported 22 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 13 in Beijing, a day after a city government spokesperson said containment measures had slowed the momentum of an outbreak in the capital that has infected more than 200 people. Another nine cases were brought by Chinese...

A sign of temporarily closure is displayed in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea has biggest daily rise in 3 weeks

Jun. 19, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its largest 24-hour increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in about three weeks amid an upward trend in new infections. Officials said Saturday that the 67 additional cases raise the country’s total to 12,373, with 280 deaths. The 67 cases is the...

Members of the South Korean military band wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cross a road during an event to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Korean War, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Coronavirus still spreading in 2nd S Korea wave

Jun. 18, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — The coronavirus continues to spread in South Korea, particularly in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 49 new cases for the nation Friday, with 26...

Juan Manuel Ballestero stands on his boat in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Ballestero crossed the Atlantic on a small sailboat, setting off from the port of Porto Santo in Portugal on March 24 and finally reaching Mar del Plata on Wednesday to be reunited with his parents after flights to Argentina were cut due to the COVID-19 lockdown. (AP Photo/Vicente Robles)

No flights, Argentine sails the Atlantic to be with parents

Jun. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Unable to fly home to be with his parents during the pandemic, Juan Manuel Ballestero decided to make the cross-Atlantic trip to Argentina from Portugal by sailboat, launching a three-month odyssey that included battling storms and dangerous waves. Now in his hometown of Mar...

A South Korean soldier wearing a face mask walks near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Virus infections continue steady rise in S Korea

Jun. 17, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 59 COVID-19 cases as infections steadily rise in the capital area where half the country’s 51 million people live. The figures announced Thursday by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring the national caseload to 12,257,...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, fans walk outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, that the U.S. Open will be played in Queens from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, but without fans in attendance. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

The Latest: AVP shifts beach volleyball season to tournament

Jun. 17, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The AVP tour will have a three-week beach volleyball tournament in Long Beach, California, to replace the 2020 season that has been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The AVP Champions Cup Series will take place on...

FC Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann, third left, after scoring his side's second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Montfort)

Champions League to be played at mini-tournament in Lisbon

Jun. 17, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Champions League will finish with a mini-tournament in Lisbon, restarting in August after a five-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Eight teams will play from the quarterfinals in knockout games at two venues over 12 days, the UEFA executive committee decided Wednesday....