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FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020 file photo, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addresses a press conference at EU Headquarters in Brussels. The European Union's executive arm expressed regrets on Monday, July 6, 2020 after its top official threw her support behind the ruling conservative party in Croatia's parliamentary elections. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen appeared with other center-right politicians in a promotional video clip posted by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) ahead of Sunday's vote, in breach of political neutrality guidelines for commission officials. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP, File)

EU top official criticized for breaching code of conduct

Jul. 6, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm blamed a series of technical mistakes after its top official threw her support behind the ruling conservative party in Croatia's parliamentary elections, in breach of political neutrality guidelines. Ursula von der Leyen, the German president of the...

Opposition leader Davor Bernardic of the liberal-left Restart coalition addresses his supporters in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, July 5, 2020. The ruling conservatives overwhelmingly won Croatia's parliamentary elections held Sunday amid a spike in new coronavirus cases as the latest European Union member state leaned further to the right. SDP leader Bernardic conceded the defeat and suggested he would resign the leadership position. (AP Photo/Daniel Kasap)

Croatia's opposition leader stepping down after vote defeat

Jul. 6, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The leader of Croatia’s main liberal opposition party announced his resignation Monday, a day after a crushing defeat in the country’s parliamentary election held amid a coronavirus spike. Davor Bernardic said he is stepping down as president of the Social Democratic...

Andrej Plenkovic, Croatia's Prime Minister incumbent casts his ballot at a polling station in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Amid a spike of new coronavirus cases, voters in Croatia cast ballots on Sunday in what is expected be a close parliamentary race that could push the latest European Union member state further to the right. (AP Photo)

Croatia's ruling conservatives win big in parliamentary vote

Jul. 5, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The ruling conservatives overwhelmingly won Croatia's parliamentary elections held Sunday amid a spike in new coronavirus cases as the latest European Union member state leaned further to the right. With over 90 percent of the vote counted, the governing Croatian Democratic Union, or...

Cyclists and pedestrians wait to cross a street near the electoral posters of Prime Minister incumbent Andrej Plenkovic, in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Croatia is holding a parliamentary election on July 5, 2020, with no clear winner in sight as the ruling conservatives' bid for re-election faces a strong challenge from both liberal and right-wing groups. (AP Photo/Sasa Kavic)

Croatia to hold election amid virus, political uncertainty

Jul. 3, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia is holding a parliamentary election this weekend amid a coronavirus outbreak and with no clear winner in sight as none of the main contenders appears set to garner a majority of votes. The ballot on Sunday will take place as Croatia, like other parts of Europe, contends with...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

In this photo taken on Saturday June 20, 2020 and provided by the Croatian Tennis Association, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, right, greets Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic at a tournament in Zadar, Croatia. Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic announced Tuesday, June 23 he and his wife have COVID-19 after he played in a series of exhibition matches he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mario Cuzic, Croatian Tennis Association via AP)

Croatia sets border restrictions for other Balkan countries

Jun. 24, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia on Wednesday announced border restrictions for the citizens of several other Balkan countries after a spike in cases of the coronavirus and an outbreak at an exhibition tennis tournament organized by top-ranked Novak Djokovic. Officials said people coming from Serbia,...

Crew members of a Russian cargo ship take a bus to hospital for their treatment as quarantine officers wearing protective gears stand at the Gamcheon Port in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. South Korea said it was testing more than a hundred workers at the southern port of Busan following a virus outbreak among crew members of a Russian cargo ship. (Cho Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: SKorea continues upward trend in new infections

Jun. 23, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has reported 51 additional cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a continuation of an upward trend in new infections. The figures released Wednesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the country’s total to 12,535 with 281 deaths. It...

Commuters wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus line up to board a bus at a bus terminal in Beijing, Monday, June 22, 2020. A Beijing government spokesperson said the city has contained the momentum of a recent coronavirus outbreak that has infected a few hundreds of people, after the number of daily new cases fell to single digits. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China reports 22 newly confirmed cases of virus

Jun. 22, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported 22 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 13 in Beijing, a day after a city government spokesperson said containment measures had slowed the momentum of an outbreak in the capital that has infected more than 200 people. Another nine cases were brought by Chinese...

In this photo taken on Sunday, June 14, 2020, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, centre, poses with volunteers and players after the Adria Tour charity tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia has led to a spike in the number the positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in the world and five players at Serbia’s biggest soccer club have tested positive for the virus after being involved in sporting events where fans packed into the stands and social distancing was not enforced. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Virus cases at Djokovic's event put sports under scrutiny

Jun. 22, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition series, combined with an overall softening of coronavirus restrictions in Serbia and Croatia, has been followed by an increase in the number of positive cases among professional athletes. Two tennis players ranked among the top 40 in...

Croatia jails 2 police amid migrant violence reports

Jun. 19, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has detained two police officers suspected of hurting a migrant as the European Union country faces renewed reports of violence and pushbacks against people crossing from Bosnia or Serbia while trying to reach Western Europe. Croatian police in the past have repeatedly denied...