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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

FILE - In this July 21, 1952, file photo, members of the United States Olympic team holding their hats over their hearts as they pay tribute to Finland's President Juho K. Passikivi, march into Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic games in Helsinki, Finland. (United Press via AP, File)

1952 Helsinki: The Cold War comes to the Olympics

Aug. 2, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

The United States and the Soviet Union formed an uneasy pact to help turn back Nazi Germany during World War II. Less than a decade later, most global events were seen as part of the Cold War between the two super powers, including the Olympics. The Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland set a record for countries...

FILE - In this July 24, 1952, file photo, British athlete Christopher

AP WAS THERE: 1952 Helsinki Games

Aug. 2, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in The Sunday Star in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3 1952. The story, describing Czech Republic...

In this handout photo provided by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and her new husband Markus Raikkonen pose for a photo after their wedding, at the PM's official residence Kesaranta in Helsinki. Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Sunday that she has married her long-time partner, nine months after becoming the head of government. (Minttu Saarni/Finnish Prime Minister's Office via AP)

Finnish prime minister marries her long-time partner

Aug. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Sunday that she has married her long-time partner, eight months after becoming the head of government. Marin, 34, said on her Instagram account that she married Markus Raikkonen on Saturday and posted a picture of the couple in their wedding...

Nokia profit up despite pandemic as new CEO takes over

Jul. 31, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia has reported better than expected second-quarter earnings on the back of improved margins for telecoms equipment and software despite the coronavirus crisis causing a substantial drop in revenue. The Espoo, Finland-based maker of new-generation 5G mobile and other networks said Friday...

2 Russian aircraft suspected of violating Finland's airspace

Jul. 28, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Two Russian military aircraft are suspected of having violated Finland's airspace close to its capital city of Helsinki, Finland’s defense ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said in a brief statement that two Russian Su-27 fighter jets allegedly violated Finland’s airspace...

FILE - In this July 1924, file photo, Paavo Nurmi, of Finland, leads the field during a track at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. (AP Photo/File)

Nurmi set 2 Olympic records within an hour at 1924 Games

Jul. 28, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

Less than an hour after setting an Olympic record in the 1,500-meter race at the 1924 Paris Games, Paavo Nurmi set an Olympic record in the 5,000. Two races and two gold medals in one hour — and then the “Phantom Finn” went dancing to relax. “We lived in a house near to the Colombes...

FILE - In this 1912 file photo, Albert Gutterson, of the United States, competes in the long jump at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. Gutterson went on to win the gold. (Pressens Bild/TT via AP)

3 sporting trailblazers light up Stockholm Olympics in 1912

Jul. 26, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Hannes Kolehmainen was the first of the “Flying Finns.” Duke Kahanamoku was the father of modern surfing. Jim Thorpe was the modest, uncomplicated Native American who might be the greatest athlete ever. All three were sporting trailblazers in their own right, and all...

FILE - In this file photo dated May 5, 2011, a Finnish Air Force Hawk aircraft in flight.  Finland's Air Force Command has discreetly dropped its swastika logo as unit emblem — after a century — and replaced it with a neutral insignia featuring a golden eagle. The changes was made more than three years ago. (lmavoimat/Lehtikuva via AP, File)

Finnish Air Force Command drops swastika logo as insignia

Jul. 2, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Air Force Command has discreetly dropped a swastika logo from its unit emblem — after a century — and replaced it with a neutral insignia featuring a golden eagle. The change, made to avoid false and uncomfortable associations with Nazi Germany’s notorious...

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

Jun. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last...