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EXPLAINER: What happens when Olympics and politics collide?

Aug. 04, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For all the International Olympic Committee talks of staying neutral, its games have long proven to be essentially and sometimes overtly political — for the Games overall, and often for the athletes who are intended to entertain the world in a two-week global show. ...

Poland grants visa to Belarus Olympian who fears for safety

Aug. 02, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Poland granted a visa Monday to a Belarusian Olympic sprinter who said she feared for her safety and that her team’s officials tried to force her to fly home, where the autocratic government was accused of diverting a flight to arrest a dissident journalist. ...

Heartbroken parents to sue a year after 9 troops died at sea

Jul. 29, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The families of eight Marines and one sailor who died when their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the Southern California coast last summer plan to sue the manufacturer of the vehicle that resembles an armored seafaring tank, their lawyers announced Thursday, a...

Poland's ruling party regains narrow parliament majority

Jul. 14, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing coalition government has regained its slim majority in parliament after some defectors returned, the leader of the country's main ruling party said Wednesday. Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the party's...

In Seoul center, N Korean defectors find solace with locals

Jul. 14, 2021 05:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A small group of North Korean defectors gather at a sleek seven-story building in Seoul. Together with South Korean residents, they play the accordion, make ornaments and learn how to grow plants. Later, some go out for coffee. “South and...

US agency orders automated vehicle makers to report crashes

Jun. 29, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency has ordered automakers to report any crashes involving fully autonomous vehicles or partially automated driver assist systems. The move Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the...

Cuban baseball player defects after arriving in Florida

May. 27, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation confirmed Wednesday night that one of the players on the national team defected a few hours after the squad arrived in Florida to participate in a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The organization...