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A bison rubs against a bush at a wildlife sanctuary in Milovice, Czech Republic, Friday, July 17, 2020. Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called tauros and other heavy beasts now munch on the invasive plants that took over the base years ago. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Bison, wild horses bring biodiversity to ex-army base

Aug. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive...

A view of the central court during Palermo Ladies Open tennis tournament in Palermo, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Tour-level tennis resumed after a five-month enforced break and players at the Palermo Ladies Open had to handle their own towels and not shake hands of opponents. The strict rules because of the coronavirus included no showers on site, and no autographs or photos with fans. Players in the singles main draw come from 15 countries, all in Europe. (Palermo Ladies Open via AP)

Palermo sets example for the return of tour-level tennis

Aug. 7, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The only player who tested positive for the coronavirus was withdrawn from the tournament without ever setting foot at the venue. Another player was admonished for venturing outside the event bubble and posting a selfie on social media showing her posing in front of a downtown fountain. Former...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Masks now required for all of Australian state

Jul. 29, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria state is making mask wearing compulsory statewide after reporting a new daily high of 723 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Masks have been compulsory in the state capital of Melbourne and a neighboring semi-rural district for the past...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018 file photo Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis waits in front of his residency in Prague, Czech Republic. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Two Czech nationals sentenced in Turkey to stiff prison terms three years ago on terror charges have been released and were heading home, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Friday July 24, 2020. Babis said that Miroslav Farkas and Marketa Vselichova were flying onboard of a Czech government plane and will be treated by doctors on arrival. Turkey accused the two of belonging to YPG, a Kurdish group that has been battling Islamic State militants with the aid of U.S. airstrikes. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Jul. 24, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Two Czech nationals jailed in Turkey three years ago for belonging to a Kurdish militant group flew back to Prague Friday after being granted early release following months-long negotiations between Turkish and Czech officials. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Miroslav Farkas and...

Visitors wearing face masks stand near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus at National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Just days after South Korean officials hopefully declared the country’s COVID-19 epidemic was coming under control, health authorities reported dozens of new cases following a dual rise in local transmissions and imported infections. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea baseball, soccer fans to return to games

Jul. 23, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday under a phased process planned by health authorities to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Officials said Friday that spectators can begin attending professional soccer...

Mariachis, some wearing protective face  masks, wait for clients in Plaza Garibaldi, where residents come to hire mariachis for events and parties, in Mexico City, Friday, July 17, 2020. With large gatherings cancelled and concerns over singing inside closed spaces, work has plummeted for the hundreds of Mariachis based in Plaza Garibaldi. Those lucky enough to get occasional work say they are playing for small celebrations at home, such as birthdays or proposals, as well as at wakes for the deceased. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Latest: Mexico says its COVID-19 deaths surpass 35,000

Jul. 17, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has registered 736 more COVID-19 deaths and 7,257 more confirmed cases of coronavirus infections. Mexico now has more than 35,000 deaths from the pandemic, the fourth highest total in the world. It also has recorded over 324,000 cases, somewhere around the seventh-highest level. The...

Smokes rises from a technical building of the Kampa Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. It was immediately not clear if any of the art pieces were damaged. Kampa Museum is known for its valuable collections of paintings by Frantisek Kupka, a pioneer of modern abstract painting. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Fire hits Museum Kampa in Prague, smoke reaches exhibitions

Jul. 15, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A fire broke out at a modern art museum Wednesday in the heart of the Czech capital, officials said. Electrical cables caught fire at one of Museum Kampa's building, sending acrid smoke across the nearby Vltava River, Prague firefighters spokesman Martin Kavka said. Firefighters managed to...

Milous Jakes talks with the Czech News Agency in Prague on Aug. 20, 2017. Jakes, the Communist Party leader in the former Czechoslovakia at the time of 1989's Velvet Revolution, has died. He was 97. The Communist Party confirmed his death late Tuesday, July 14, 2020 without providing any further details. (Vit Simanek/CTK via AP)

Last Czechoslovak communist leader Milous Jakes dies at 97

Jul. 15, 2020 3:19 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Milous Jakes, the Communist Party leader in the former Czechoslovakia at the time of 1989's Velvet Revolution, has died. He was 97. The Communist Party confirmed his death late Tuesday without providing any further details. It was not immediately clear when he died. Jakes was appointed the...

Rescuers help passengers at the scene of a passenger and freight train collision in Cesky Brod, Czech Republic, east of Prague, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Dozens of passengers are injured in the collision. (Michal Kamaryt/CTK via AP)

Train crash near Czech capital kills 1, injures up to 35

Jul. 15, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A passenger train crashed into a freight train near the Czech capital, killing one driver and injuring dozens of passengers, officials said Wednesday. The Czech Rail Safety Inspectorate said the driver of the passenger train's engine died in the crash near the station of Cesky Brod just east...

Rescuers help passengers at the scene of a passenger and freight train collision in Cesky Brod, Czech Republic, east of Prague, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Dozens of passengers are injured in the collision. (Michal Kamaryt/CTK via AP)

Dozens injured in collision of trains near Czech capital

Jul. 14, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A passenger train and a freight train collided near the Czech capital on Tuesday, injuring dozens of passengers, officials said. The Czech Rail Safety Inspectorate said the accident occurred near the station of Cesky Brod located just east of Prague shortly after 21.30 p.m. (1930 GMT). It...