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Tajikistan soccer season opens, Istiklol wins Super Cup

Apr. 4, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) — Tajikistan started a new soccer season on Saturday, joining a small group of countries around the world where play has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic. Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a...

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...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: Union player tests positive, first in MLS

Apr. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season. The Union did not identify the player. He...

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...

Russia, Ukraine negotiate another prisoner exchange

Mar. 11, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Kremlin envoy to the talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday that another exchange of prisoners is being negotiated. Dmitry Kozak, Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide on Ukraine, said the lists of prisoners to be exchanged by Ukrainian authorities and...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, center, speaks with lawmakers at the parliament session hall in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Lawmakers voted vice prime minister Denis Smygal to be the country's new prime minister replacing Oleksiy Honcharuk. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian lawmakers vote no confidence in prosecutor general

Mar. 5, 2020 2:53 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers voted no confidence in the country's top prosecutor Thursday after the prime minister, foreign minister and defense minister all were replaced in a government shakeup this week. The parliament vote took place after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, a flame burns at the Shell Deer Park oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas. With the viral outbreak spreading to more countries, the price of oil has dropped precipitously as global demand weakens even further. That has sent shares tumbling for oil giants like Exxon and Chevron while smaller producers with idling rigs continue to slash jobs. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Oil prices fall as coronavirus spreads outside China

Mar. 1, 2020 11:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With the viral outbreak spreading to more countries, the price of oil has dropped precipitously as global demand weakens even further. That has sent shares tumbling for oil giants like Exxon and Chevron while smaller producers with idling rigs continue to slash jobs. Hundreds of new cases...

A Health Ministry staffer monitors the body temperature of travelers deplaning from international flights at the Mariscal Sucre Airport, in Quito, Ecuador, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Officials in Ecuador on Saturday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the South American nation. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Empty streets, economic turmoil as virus alters daily life

Feb. 29, 2020 8:47 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in the United States as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy and South Korea and the spreading outbreak shook the global economy. Governments stepped up efforts to contain the disease. Saudi Arabia closed Islam's holiest sites to foreign...