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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...

Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis addresses the media during a press conference after the V4 summit at the Lednice Chateau in Lednice, Czech Republic, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

EU lawmakers seek probe of fund misuse on summit day

Jun. 19, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers called Friday for an investigation into the alleged misuse of EU funds in the Czech Republic and warned of a possible conflict of interest involving Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on a day when he and the bloc's other leaders debated their next multi-billion-euro...

European Council President Charles Michel, right of screen, speaks to EU leaders during an EU summit, in video conference format, at the European Council in Brussels, Friday, June 19, 2020. As they brace for the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, leaders of the European Union's member states will discuss on Friday the bloc's future long-term budget and a multi-billion post-coronavirus recovery plan. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

EU leaders face challenges to move quickly on recovery deal

Jun. 19, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders found that a quick deal on the bloc’s future long-term budget and a multibillion-euro post-pandemic recovery plan remained beyond their reach Friday as the coronavirus ravages their economies. Following a four-hour video summit aimed at paving the way for a...

Czech ambassador to Russia, Vitezslav Pivonka speaks to the media as he leaves the Russia's Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 15, 2020. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it has expelled two Czech diplomats in a quid pro quo response to Prague’s action amid tensions rooted in differences over history. The ministry said it summoned the Czech ambassador Monday to announce the move, saying the two diplomats must leave Russia by Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia expels 2 Czech diplomats in quid pro quo move

Jun. 15, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday ordered two Czech diplomats to leave the country in a quid-pro-quo response to Prague's expulsion of Russian diplomats, amid tensions rooted in differences over history. The ministry said it summoned the Czech ambassador Monday to announce the move, saying...

The Latest: S Korea has 56 new COVID cases amid resurgence

Jun. 11, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of COVID-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a middle school in Chungju, South Korea, Monday, June 8, 2020. (In Jin-hyun/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: SKorea requires QR codes at 'high-risk' venues

Jun. 9, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 as officials begin requiring nightclubs, karaoke rooms and gyms to register their customers with smartphone QR codes so they could be easily located when needed. The figures from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on...

The Latest: China orders pangolin protection amid pandemic

Jun. 5, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BEIJING — China is ordering its highest level of protection for the armadillo-like pangolin as part of its crackdown on the wildlife trade following the global coronavirus pandemic. While the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, most scientists say it was most likely...

FILE  - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, the monument of Soviet World War II commander Ivan Stepanovic Konev is pictured in Prague, Czech Republic. Relations between the Czech Republic and Russia have taken a turn for the worse in a series of disputes over the interpretation of historical events. Three Prague politicians whose recent actions upset Russia have been placed under police protection amid a media report that Russian intelligence services have been plotting to poison them with the deadly toxin ricin. Russia has opened a criminal investigation into Prague's removal of a war memorial to a World War II hero, among other actions that have tested diplomatic ties.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

Czech PM: Russian diplomat spread fake report of poison plot

Jun. 5, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s spy agency has discovered that a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Prague spread false information about a Russian assassin arriving to allegedly target the Czech capital’s mayors, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Friday. Babis said the findings of the...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Visitors view en exhibition of face masks at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, May 28, 2020. With the coronavirus pandemic still not over yet, the Czech National Museum in Prague has put on display the most visible symbol of the country's response to it, face masks.(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Czech National Museum exhibits masks made during pandemic

May. 28, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The National Museum in Prague has put on display the most visible symbol of the Czech Republic's response to the coronavirus - face masks. The Czech government made wearing masks in public mandatory in mid-March. Amid an initial shortage, many people started making their own masks. Some of...