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Sebian police officers disperse protesters in front of Serbian parliament building in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Thousands of people protested the Serbian president's announcement that a lockdown will be reintroduced after the Balkan country reported its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus Tuesday. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbian leader backtracks on lockdown amid chaotic protests

Jul. 8, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police fired tear gas to disperse rock-throwing protesters in Serbia’s capital on Wednesday as violence erupted for the second day in a row during demonstrations against the president’s handling of the country’s coronavirus outbreak. President Aleksandar Vucic...

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...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

European Union envoy for the negotiations Miroslav Lajcak, left, listens Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during a press conference after talks in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, June 22, 2020. Europe and the United States are coordinating efforts toward urging Serbia and Kosovo to reach a deal. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbian populist wins landslide as many parties boycott

Jun. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's president on Monday called for swift resumption of European Union-mediated talks on Kosovo after bolstering his hold on power at home in an overwhelming election victory for his governing right-wing party. A preliminary official vote count of Sunday's parliamentary...

Hungary's main online news site says independence in danger

Jun. 21, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s leading online news site said Sunday that its editorial staff and independence are at risk because of a reorganization attempt that could compromise its journalistic integrity. Index.hu moved its “ independence barometer,” set up in 2018 after an...

FILE - In this April 12, 2017 photo people gather to protest against then planned new NGO and CEU laws, at the Heroes Square in Budapest. The European Union's Court of Justice says that restrictions imposed by Hungary on the foreign funding of non-governmental organizations does not comply with EU law. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP,file)

Hungary law on NGOs' foreign funding found to break EU rules

Jun. 18, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Restrictions imposed by Hungary on the foreign funding of non-governmental organizations do not comply with EU law, the Court of Justice of the European Union said Thursday. The Luxembourg-based court said that Hungarian regulations — in effect since 2017 and nominally meant...

Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban arrives for the V4 summit at the Lednice Chateau in Lednice, Czech Republic, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Hungarian parliament votes for govt to end state of danger

Jun. 16, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday to ask the government to end to the state of danger declared because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal was supported by the opposition parties and approved by a vote of 192-0. It will be up to Prime Minister Viktor...

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, center, gestures beside former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr., left, during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Monday June 15, 2020. Ressa, an award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president, her online news site Rappler Inc. and Santos were convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian bastion of democracy. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Rappler case highlights decline of press freedoms globally

Jun. 15, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The conviction of two Philippine journalists for libel is a blow to press freedom and comes as media watchdogs track declines in press freedoms and democratic institutions around the world. A Manila court found Maria Ressa of the online news site Rappler Inc. and former reporter Reynaldo...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, from front row left, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez attend a ceremony event during a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. People have taken to the streets around the world to demonstrate in support of Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States and to vent anger over Trump’s response to the police killing of George Floyd. But leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

World joins US protests but leaders restrained about Trump

Jun. 13, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — People have taken to the streets of Berlin, London, Paris and other cities around the world to demonstrate in support of Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States and to vent anger over President Donald Trump’s response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. But...