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Ukraine's parliament accepts chief banker's resignation

Jul. 3, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s parliament on Friday accepted the resignation of the country’s top banker, who has stepped down citing political pressure. National Bank head Yakiv Smolii submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday, pointing at “systematic political pressure” as...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Thursday, July 1, 2020 that Iran had agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down outside Tehran in January. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Sweden: Iran to compensate Ukraine plane crash victims

Jul. 2, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Iran has agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down by Iranian forces outside Tehran in January, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “We have signed an agreement of mutual understanding that we...

Ukraine's central banker chief steps down citing pressure

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Thursday accepted the resignation of the country's top banker, who has complained of political pressure. National Bank head Yakiv Smolii cited “systematic political pressure” as the reason for his decision to step down, but didn't provide any...

Ukraine's Emergency Situation workers evacuate residents of the flooded village of Lanchyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Some 200 villages in the Carpathian mountains were flooded after heavy rains. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Floods in western Ukraine leave 3 dead, one person missing

Jun. 24, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three people died and one person is missing after torrential rain caused floods across western Ukraine, the country's authorities said Wednesday. The floods affected more than 200 towns and villages in four regions, cutting off gas supplies for about 10,000 people. More than 429...

Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...

In this photo taken on April 1, 2020, Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, attends an online school lesson in Kyiv, Ukraine. Olena was hospitalized with double-sided pneumonia after getting infected with the new coronavirus. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukraine president's wife hospitalized with virus

Jun. 16, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The wife of Ukrainain President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been hospitalized with double pneumonia after contracting the new coronavirus, joining the ranks of several first ladies around the world who got infected with COVID-19 earlier this year. Zelenskiy’s office said in a...

An employee wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cleans the widows of his shoe store at a shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: South Korea capital adds more coronavirus cases

Jun. 12, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 49 new coronavirus cases. Most most of them are in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where health authorities have been struggling to slow transmissions linked to entertainment and leisure activities, church gatherings and low-income workers who...

In this photo taken on Saturday, June 6, 2020, Andriy Demyanchenko prepares to lift weight in the outdoors gym on the Dolobetskiy island on the Dnipro River in Kyiv, Ukraine. Relishing an opportunity to do exercise after a long lockdown, hundreds of Kyiv residents flock to an improvised outdoor workout on an island facing the Ukrainian capital. The Kachalka gym on the Dolobetskiy island on the Dnipro river has enjoyed broad popularity ever since it opened in 1966. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

AP PHOTOS: Ukrainians enjoy old outdoor gym after lockdown

Jun. 11, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Relishing an opportunity to exercise after Ukraine's coronavirus lockdown, hundreds of Kyiv residents have been flocking to an improvised outdoor workout area on an island facing the capital. The Kachalka gym has enjoyed broad popularity ever since it opened on Dolobetskiy Island in...

School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 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: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

Body of Ukraine lawmaker found in office, had gunshot wound

May. 23, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The body of a member of the Ukrainian parliament was found Saturday in his office, police said. The body of 47-year-old Valeriy Davydenko was found by a cleaner in the restroom of his office. He had a gunshot wound and there was a pistol near him. The preliminary investigation suggests he...