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This photo  provided by HZSKVK, shows emergency services at the scene after two trains collided, near the village of Pernink, Czech Republic, Tuesday July 7, 2020. Officials say two passenger trains collided head-on in western Czech Republic, killing at least two people on board and injuring about 20. The Czech Rail Safety Inspectorate says the collision took place after 3 p.m. (1300 GMT) Tuesday between the stations Nove Hamry and Pernink near the German border (HZSKVK via AP)

Trains collide head-on near Czech-German border; 2 dead

Jul. 7, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Two passenger trains collided head-on in western Czech Republic, killing at least two people on board and injuring about 20, officials said on Tuesday. The Czech Rail Safety Inspectorate said the collision took place after 3 p.m. (1300 GMT) between the stations Nove Hamry and Pernink near the...

A worker checks a lung ventilator

Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

Jul. 6, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action. “It...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, center, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, second right, are taking a family photo with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic, right, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, left and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second left, at the start of a Visegrad Group summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 3, 2020, as Poland takes the rotating presidency of the regional cooperation group.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday that the European Union’s budget for the next seven years should be generous for Central European nations, which aim to help drive the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Duda spoke to open a summit of prime ministers of...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Passengers disembark from a train that arrived from the Czech Republic in Rijeka, Croatia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. A train carrying some 500 tourists from the Czech Republic has arrived to Croatia as the country seeks to attract visitors after easing lockdown measures against the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Prague train with 500 tourists boosts Croatia tourism hopes

Jul. 1, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A train carrying about 500 tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia arrived to Croatia on Wednesday morning as the country seeks to attract visitors after easing lockdown measures against the coronavirus. The train rolled into the station in the northern Croatian port of Rijeka...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...

Workers collect and stack the coffins of people that have been recently cremated amid the new coronavirus pandemic, at the La Recoleta cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The coffins are collected, destroyed, and processed by a company specialized in organic waste. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The Latest: Charges possible after Philippines parade, dance

Jun. 28, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say authorities in a central village may face criminal or administrative complaints for allowing a street parade and dance amid a strict coronavirus lockdown. Mayor Edgar Labella of Cebu city said officials of Basak village have been ordered to explain why the...

FILE - This 1998 file frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, then-president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nader, a businessman who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report and who helped broker the release of American hostages, is slated to receive at least a 10-year prison sentence on child sex charges. Prosecutors in federal court in Alexandria, Va. are not seeking a longer sentence than that at the sentencing hearing on Friday, June 26, 2020 but the judge could still impose one.  (C-SPAN via AP, File)

Mueller report witness gets 10 years on child sex charges

Jun. 26, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Lebanese American businessman who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report and who helped broker the release of American hostages was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison sentence on child sex charges. George Nader pleaded guilty in January to bringing a...

About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

Jun. 25, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to...

A sign of temporarily closure is displayed in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea has biggest daily rise in 3 weeks

Jun. 19, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its largest 24-hour increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in about three weeks amid an upward trend in new infections. Officials said Saturday that the 67 additional cases raise the country’s total to 12,373, with 280 deaths. The 67 cases is the...