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The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

In this photo taken on Friday, March 27, 2020, a fan of Belshina Bobruisk team cheers during the Belarus Championship soccer match between Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino and Belshina Bobruisk in the town of Zhodino, Belarus. Longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is proudly keeping soccer and hockey arenas open even though most sports around the world have shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Sports make political point for Belarus amid virus outbreak

Mar. 30, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — With most sports around the world shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic, longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is proudly keeping soccer and hockey arenas open. The Eastern European nation of nearly 9.5 million even started a whole new soccer season this month...

Russia, Ukraine negotiate another prisoner exchange

Mar. 11, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Kremlin envoy to the talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday that another exchange of prisoners is being negotiated. Dmitry Kozak, Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide on Ukraine, said the lists of prisoners to be exchanged by Ukrainian authorities and...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, center, speaks with lawmakers at the parliament session hall in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Lawmakers voted vice prime minister Denis Smygal to be the country's new prime minister replacing Oleksiy Honcharuk. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian lawmakers vote no confidence in prosecutor general

Mar. 5, 2020 2:53 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers voted no confidence in the country's top prosecutor Thursday after the prime minister, foreign minister and defense minister all were replaced in a government shakeup this week. The parliament vote took place after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, a flame burns at the Shell Deer Park oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas. With the viral outbreak spreading to more countries, the price of oil has dropped precipitously as global demand weakens even further. That has sent shares tumbling for oil giants like Exxon and Chevron while smaller producers with idling rigs continue to slash jobs. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Oil prices fall as coronavirus spreads outside China

Mar. 1, 2020 11:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With the viral outbreak spreading to more countries, the price of oil has dropped precipitously as global demand weakens even further. That has sent shares tumbling for oil giants like Exxon and Chevron while smaller producers with idling rigs continue to slash jobs. Hundreds of new cases...

A Health Ministry staffer monitors the body temperature of travelers deplaning from international flights at the Mariscal Sucre Airport, in Quito, Ecuador, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Officials in Ecuador on Saturday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the South American nation. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Empty streets, economic turmoil as virus alters daily life

Feb. 29, 2020 8:47 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in the United States as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy and South Korea and the spreading outbreak shook the global economy. Governments stepped up efforts to contain the disease. Saudi Arabia closed Islam's holiest sites to foreign...

A pharmacist wearing a face masks works in western Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Iran is preparing for the possibility of

New virus: Over 86,000 infected globally, over 2,900 deaths

Feb. 29, 2020 8:14 PM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 86,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures, based on WHO and national counts: — Mainland China: 2,870 deaths...

Workers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Japan's schools prepared to close for almost a month and entertainers, topped by K-pop superstars BTS, canceled events as a virus epidemic extended its spread through Asia into Europe and on Friday, into sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Outbreak starts to look more like worldwide economic crisis

Feb. 28, 2020 9:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak began to look more like a worldwide economic crisis Friday as anxiety about the infection emptied shops and amusement parks, canceled events, cut trade and travel and dragged already slumping financial markets even lower. More employers told their workers to stay...

Matt Dunn, a researcher for the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh, holds dead samples of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the Biomedical Science Tower 3 in Oakland, Pa. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

New virus has infected 83,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths

Feb. 28, 2020 10:07 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 83,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Friday in Beijing:...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko enter a hall for talks in Rosa Khutor, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko said Friday Feb. 21, 2020, he discussed during a phone call with Putin, about their continuing oil price dispute, but failed to reach an agreement that would ensure steady supplies of oil flow from Russia to its neighboring ex-Soviet state. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia

Feb. 27, 2020 7:27 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is "being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries' economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus. “We remain committed, as always, to...