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Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 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 — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

FILE In this file photo taken on Saturday, March 28, 2020, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, centre, takes part in a hockey match during Republican amateur competitions in Minsk, Belarus. Amid concern about the coronavirus pandemic, Belarus' president made a public appearance in protective gear much different from the face masks and hazmat suits seen around the world. Alexander Lukashenko was clad in a helmet and knee guards for a hockey game at a rink full of spectators. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Andrei Pokumeiko/BelTA Pool Photo via AP, File)

What virus? Belarus rejects strict measures against pandemic

Apr. 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — When Belarus' president last made a public appearance he wore protective gear, but it wasn't for the coronavirus. Alexander Lukashenko, who derides global concerns over COVID-19 as “mass psychosis,” donned a helmet and knee guards to play ice hockey — at a venue...

The UEFA logo displayed to the entrance of the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The UEFA meet on 17 March 2020 to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the UEFA EURO 2020 and the European Cup competitions. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Exposed to betting, lowly Swedish team gets death threats

Apr. 1, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

An amateur soccer team in Sweden was subjected to vicious online abuse, including death threats, after one of its practice games received unusually large exposure on betting sites amid the coronavirus pandemic. With sports around the world in lockdown, soccer is only being played in a few places. In Belarus, the...

The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

In this photo taken on Friday, March 27, 2020, a fan of Belshina Bobruisk team cheers during the Belarus Championship soccer match between Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino and Belshina Bobruisk in the town of Zhodino, Belarus. Longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is proudly keeping soccer and hockey arenas open even though most sports around the world have shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Sports make political point for Belarus amid virus outbreak

Mar. 30, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — With most sports around the world shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic, longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is proudly keeping soccer and hockey arenas open. The Eastern European nation of nearly 9.5 million even started a whole new soccer season this month...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko enter a hall for talks in Rosa Khutor, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko said Friday Feb. 21, 2020, he discussed during a phone call with Putin, about their continuing oil price dispute, but failed to reach an agreement that would ensure steady supplies of oil flow from Russia to its neighboring ex-Soviet state. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia

Feb. 27, 2020 7:27 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is "being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries' economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus. “We remain committed, as always, to...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, walk during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting the leader of Belarus for another round of talks on closer integration amid mounting Russian economic pressure on its ex-Soviet ally. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Presidents of Russia, Belarus discuss oil price dispute

Feb. 21, 2020 7:59 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Belarus discussed their continuing oil price dispute Friday that disrupted steady supplies of oil from Russia to its neighboring ex-Soviet state. Russia halted oil supplies to Belarus earlier this year amid disagreement over the price Belarus would pay in 2020...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko take a break during a match of the Night Hockey League teams in Rosa Khutor in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko on Friday, Feb. 14 says Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. He says

Belarus leader says Russia insists on merging the two states

Feb. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. “They understand integration as swallowing up Belarus. This isn't integration. It's incorporation. I will never go for...