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Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with his wife Lilian Tintori and their son and daughter pose for a photo after a news conference in Madrid on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López who has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president is holding a news conference in Madrid. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

From Spain, top dissident vows to fight for free Venezuela

Oct. 27, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan politician who for years has led some of the biggest challenges to the government of Nicolás Maduro, pledged Tuesday from his self-imposed exile in Spain to continue fighting to “free” his homeland. López, who spent over six years in...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Juventus and Lyon at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. The Portuguese soccer federation says Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus. The federation says Ronaldo is doing well and has no symptoms. He has been dropped from the country's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Ronaldo in doubt for Messi's visit to Juventus

Oct. 25, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

Some talking points ahead of the second round of games in the Champions League: NO RONALDO VS. MESSI? The highly anticipated matchup of Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi likely won’t happen because Ronaldo has the coronavirus. Juventus has not reported many details of Ronaldo’s status but the...

Police detain a man, during a coronavirus anti-lockdown protest on Westminster Bridge, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Europe, U.S. watch case totals grow, debate new restrictions

Oct. 24, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to soar Saturday in many parts of the U.S. and Europe. In some cases, so did anger over the restrictions governments put in place to try to stem the tide. Oklahoma, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan were among states announcing new record highs in...

People walk past a restaurant closed due to the sharp resurgence of coronavirus cases, in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Spain has reported 1 million confirmed infections — the highest number in Western Europe — and at least 34,000 deaths from COVID-19, although experts say the number is much higher since many cases were missed because of testing shortages and other problems. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain PM appeals for public unity, sacrifice in virus fight

Oct. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Prime Minster Pedro Sánchez appealed Friday for Spaniards to pull together and defeat the new coronavirus, warning: “The situation is serious.” Sánchez, in a televised address to the nation, acknowledged public fatigue with restrictions to contain the spread of...

A man wearing a face mask carries his dog across the medieval Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. In another desperate attempt to slow the rise of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced a ban on free movement of people in the country and a closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels. At the same time, state offices will limit their opening hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis says those measures should prevent the collapse of the health system in early November. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

Oct. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Curfews were largely expanded Thursday across France, which registered some 41.600 new confirmed virus cases to approach a total of 1 million, while similar overnight restrictions were slapped on Italy's three biggest cities — Rome, Naples and Milan — as rapidly rising caseloads...

People walk along Paseo de la Castellana after the lockdown measures imposed by the government due to coronavirus in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 9, 2020. Spain has become the first western Europe to accumulate more than 1 million confirmed infections as the country of 47 million inhabitants struggles to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

AP Photos: Spain reaches 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Oct. 22, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain this week became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1 million confirmed infections, as it struggles to contain a resurgence of the new coronavirus. The country of 47 million is among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 34,000 deaths attributed...

People hold up banners in support of the hotel industry that read:

Spain 1st in western Europe to hit 1 million virus cases

Oct. 21, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain became the first country in western Europe to accumulate more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections on Wednesday as the nation of 47 million struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus. The health ministry said that its accumulative case load since the start of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, Catalan regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, centre, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain. A Madrid court on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020 acquitted Trapero and the heads of Catalonia's regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region's 2017 secession attempt. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Spain court acquits Catalan police for role in secession bid

Oct. 21, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court on Wednesday acquitted the heads of Catalonia’s regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region’s 2017 secession attempt. Spain’s National Court ruled in a 2-1...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Soccer supporters keep social distance guidelines prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and FC Schalke 04 in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Who gets fans? New dividing line in Champions League

Oct. 19, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has brought a new dividing line to the Champions League this season. No longer is it only the super rich clubs against everyone else. There is now a split between those playing in front of fans and those playing in empty stadiums. As of Monday, seven...