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A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...

People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest movements since the collapse of Communism three decades ago. It erupted after the country's constitutional court, packed by loyalists of the conservative ruling party, attempted to further tighten one of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. The women-led protest for some feels like a revolutionary moment that signals a deeper generational change. (AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland

Dec. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before. When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the...

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, right, welcomes his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, left, for talks in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The prime ministers of Poland and Hungary are meeting to discuss their threat to veto the European Union's next budget and massive pandemic aid package that links the disbursement of EU funds to the members' rule of law standards. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland, Hungary PMs meet over EU budget veto strategy

Nov. 30, 2020 3:41 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and Hungary have declared openness to new proposals from the European Union regarding the bloc's next budget and major coronavirus pandemic aid package that they are threatening to veto because it draws a link between bloc funding and members’ adherence to democratic...

Police use tear gas against an opposition lawmaker, Barbara Nowacka, as protesters block a major thoroughfare in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020. The police blocked protesters from marching in Warsaw as demonstrations took place across Poland against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and recent use of force by police.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Police call tear-gassed Polish lawmaker a protest threat

Nov. 29, 2020 4:54 PM EST

Polish police said Sunday that an officer who sprayed tear gas into the face of a member of parliament during a protest probably did so because he perceived the politician as a threat. An officer sprayed Barbara Nowacka, a center-left opposition lawmaker, in the face with the gas as she held out her parliamentary...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during a news conference at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius, Lithuania. Morawiecki says on Friday, Nov. 27 he has confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU’s huge budget and recovery package because it’s linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he spoke with Merkel, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency, about the 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 and the urgently needed coronavirus recovery package that is to be implemented in January.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, file)

Polish PM says he's told Merkel of plan to veto EU budget

Nov. 27, 2020 3:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Friday said he had confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU's huge budget and recovery package because it's linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he spoke with...

Israeli animal rights activists wearing protective gear demonstrate against the spread of coronavirus among mink in Denmark's fur industry ahead of international Fur Free Friday, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

Nov. 24, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the...

Agata Grzybowska, left, a photo journalist, is detained by police in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday Nov. 23, 2020. Police detained several people as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland. The protests, organized by the group Women's Strike, have been occurring regularly ever since the country's constitutional court issued an Oct. 22 ruling that further tightens an abortion law that was already one of the most restrictive in Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Photojournalist detained at Poland's latest abortion protest

Nov. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland. Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including...

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The Latest: China starts mass testing 3 million in Tianjin

Nov. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

BEIJING — China is starting mass testing on 3 million people in a section of the northern city of Tianjin and has tested 4,015 others in a hospital in Shanghai after the discovery of a pair of cases there. The National Health Commission recorded seven new domestically transmitted cases Saturday,...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a diplomatic dispute with EU members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the bloc's economy back on track after the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU leaders fail to solve political fight blocking big budget

Nov. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland's and Hungary's rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements. Instead,...

Polish police criticized for using tear gas on protesters

Nov. 19, 2020 4:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police came under criticism on Thursday for using tear gas and force on mostly female and young protesters during the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion. Political tensions have been extremely high in Poland since the...