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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador points to a graph showing the percentages of hospital beds available, state by state, during his daily news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. López Obrador was working from isolation on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, a day after announcing that he had tested positive for COVID-19, his interior secretary said. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexican president works from isolation after virus test

Jan. 25, 2021 9:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador worked from isolation Monday, a day after announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19, and was absent from his daily news conference for the first time in his two years in office. The president, who has rarely been seen wearing a...

President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden tells Merkel he wants to revitalize Germany alliance

Jan. 25, 2021 6:38 PM EST

President Joe Biden told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he is looking to revitalize the transatlantic alliance with Germany, a relationship that became strained under former President Donald Trump. The new president has made a series of calls to his foreign counterparts in recent days as part of...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Elizabeth Jo Shirley. Shirley was sentenced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, to more than eight years in federal prison for unlawfully retaining a document containing national defense information and three years for committing international parental kidnapping. Prosecutors said that Shirley, who previously served in the Air Force, planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government.(West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

Woman sentenced in scheme to offer information to Russia

Jan. 25, 2021 6:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who once served in the Air Force was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Monday for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, pleaded guilty last year as part...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2021, file photo, people clash with police during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia. Allies of Navalny are calling for new protests next weekend to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations across the country that brought out tens of thousands in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Navalny's team calls new protests in Russia for his release

Jan. 25, 2021 4:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces years in prison, called for new protests next weekend to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations that turned out tens of thousands across the country in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin. Mass...

A demonstrator clashes with a police officer during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Pushkin square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Russian police arrested more than 3,400 people Saturday in nationwide protests demanding the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe, according to a group that counts political detentions. In Moscow, an estimated 15,000 demonstrators gathered in and around Pushkin Square in the city center, where clashes with police broke out and demonstrators were roughly dragged off by helmeted riot officers to police buses and detention trucks. Some were beaten with batons. (AP Photo/Victor Berezkin)

EU urges Navalny's release but no talk of Russia sanctions

Jan. 25, 2021 11:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign ministers on Monday condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the detention of thousands during protests backing the most well-known critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin but stopped short of weighing new sanctions against Russia....

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo an American flag flies outside of the Justice Department building in Washington. The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn’t bother trying to break one-by-one into the networks of each department. Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, FIle)

Russian hack of US agencies exposed supply chain weaknesses

Jan. 25, 2021 10:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn't need to painstakingly break one-by-one into the networks of each department in order to cause havoc. Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a software update pushed out...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, the building of the Russian Olympic Committee is seen through a gate decorated with the Olympic rings, in Moscow, Russia. The ruling on whether Russia can keep its name and flag for the Olympics will be announced on Thursday Dec. 17, 2020. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Wednesday that three of its arbitrators held a four-day hearing last month in the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency and its Russian affiliate, known as RUSADA. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia confirms it won't appeal Olympic team restrictions

Jan. 25, 2021 9:27 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian anti-doping agency confirmed Monday that it will not file an appeal to further loosen restrictions on its teams at the Olympics and other major sporting events. The Court of Arbitration for Sport last month ruled that Russia's name, flag and anthem would be barred from the next...

Signs direct drivers waiting for a COVID-19 testing at a pop-up testing centre at Marsden Point, New Zealand, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Health officials in New Zealand say genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Tania Whyte/Northern Adivacate/NZME via AP)

The Latest: Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Jan. 24, 2021 11:13 PM EST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said. The lockdown, which was implemented in the early hours of Saturday, covered 16...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under medical treatment, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico's president says he's tested positive for COVID-19

Jan. 24, 2021 9:44 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the symptoms are mild. Mexico's president, who has been criticized for his handling of his country's pandemic and for not setting an example of prevention in public, said on...

People stand in front of police officers during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Russian police on Saturday arrested hundreds of protesters who took to the streets in temperatures as low as minus-50 C (minus-58 F) to demand the release of Alexei Navalny, the country's top opposition figure. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Kremlin: US comments on protests support law-breaking

Jan. 24, 2021 9:08 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. Embassy’s statements about the nationwide protests, in which more than 3,500 people reportedly were arrested, interfere in the country’s domestic affairs and encourage Russians to break the law. Dmitry Peskov made...