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Team Brad Hall, Lawrence Taylor, Luke Dawes and Greg Cackett of Britain arrive the finish area during the four-man bobsled race at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships in Altenberg, eastern Germany, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Bobsled worlds moved to Germany over coronavirus worries

Sep. 15, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

This season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships were awarded Tuesday to Altenberg, Germany, and moved out of Lake Placid, New York, because of concerns across many winter sports about the coronavirus pandemic and potential travel complications for those coming to North America. The International...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo, passengers wearing face masks arrive in the main train station in Frankfurt, Germany. Germany launched a coronavirus tracing app Tuesday, June 16, 2020, that officials say is so secure even government ministers can use it. Smartphone apps have been touted as a high-tech tool in the effort to track down potential COVID-19 infections. But governments in privacy-conscious Europe have run into legal and cultural hurdles trying to reconcile the need for effective tracing with the continent’s strict data privacy standards. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Europe tests gateway for tracing apps to work across borders

Sep. 14, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Six European Union countries and the bloc's executive Commission have begun testing a virtual “gateway” to ensure national coronavirus tracing apps can work across borders. The trial starting Monday will allow national computer systems that run tracing apps in the Czech...

Latvia bursts Baltic travel bubble as COVID19 cases surge

Sep. 11, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Latvia on Friday restricted the entry conditions applying to people coming from Estonia, bursting a a travel bubble that had allowed individuals to move freely within the three-country Baltic region amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latvian Foreign Ministry said that starting...

EU proposes Valdis Dombrovskis of Latvia as its new trade chief following resignation of Ireland's Phil Hogan

Sep. 8, 2020 4:04 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU proposes Valdis Dombrovskis of Latvia as its new trade chief following resignation of Ireland's Phil Hogan.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko listens to Valiantsin Sukala, head of the Supreme Court of Belarus during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Baltic states impose sanctions against Belarus ahead of EU

Aug. 31, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The three Baltic countries on Monday slapped their own travel sanctions on 30 top officials in Belarus, including President Alexander Lukashenko, in response to a brutal crackdown against protesters who say the Aug. 9 presidential election in Belarus was rigged. The move comes as...

Former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, second from right, and other supporters of Belarus opposition participate in a

Lithuanians form human chain to back democracy in Belarus

Aug. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MEDIKINNAI, Lithuania (AP) — More than 50,000 Lithuanians joined hands Sunday in a human chain stretching 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital of Vilinus to the Belarus border to express solidarity with their neighbor's dramatic struggle for democracy. The massive event, dubbed “the Freedom...