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A woman wearing a face mask walks to get tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The Czech Republic has been been facing the second wave of infections. The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections has been setting new records almost on a daily basis, currently surpassing 3,000 cases in one day for the first time. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Hungary's Orban: Health care prepared for rising infections

Sep. 18, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister said Friday that the government has drawn up a “war plan” to defend against the new wave of the coronavirus pandemic and that the country’s health care system is prepared to handle to rising number of new virus cases. Prime...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks to parliament members after he had been sworn in for a second term, at the parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Many of Poland's former leaders abstained from the ceremony to show disapproval for his first term policies.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland criticized in EU Parliament over courts, LGBT rights

Sep. 14, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative government came under criticism Monday in the European Parliament, where some lawmakers called for it to lose European Union funding over its rule of law record and its stigmatization of LGBT people. The parliament was discussing a new report on fundamental...

An elderly couple wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walks at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

Sep. 12, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say. The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a tidal wave of...

Hungary: Critical radio may lose license; watchdog concerned

Sep. 11, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, the continent’s democracy watchdog, on Friday expressed her concerns about a decision by Hungarian media authorities not to renew the broadcast license of a radio station which often airs views critical of the...

Central European leaders discuss Belarus, fighting COVID-19

Sep. 11, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, a man arrives at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. The number of daily U.S. deaths from the coronavirus is declining again after peaking in early August, but scientists are warning that a new bout with the disease this fall could claim more lives. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Daily US virus deaths decline, but trend may reverse in fall

Sep. 11, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

The number of daily U.S. deaths from the coronavirus is declining again after peaking in early August, but scientists warn that a new bout with the disease this fall could claim more lives. The arrival of cooler weather and the likelihood of more indoor gatherings will add to the importance of everyday safety...

Two women hold hands and carry face masks in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The Czech Republic is returning to mandatory mask wearing in interior spaces amid a steep rise in new coronavirus cases. Starting Thursday, people across the country need to cover their face in all public places, including stores, shopping malls, post offices and others but also in private companies where employees cannot keep a distance of 2 meters from one another. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Virus spiking in eastern Europe; Hungary drafts 'war plan'

Sep. 11, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases spiked Friday in parts of eastern Europe, with Hungary and the Czech Republic registering all-time daily highs. Signs of the pandemic's resurgence were also evident in Britain and the Netherlands. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban...

Hungary's Viktor Orban says he is rooting for Trump victory

Sep. 11, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister said Friday that he is rooting for the reelection of U.S President Donald Trump because what he represents "is good for Central Europe." Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he was in his kitchen when Trump called him Thursday evening and they had a long...

Students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) and their sympathizers form a human chain in protest against changes to the way the university is governed in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.  (Marton Monus/MTI via AP)

Hungary's theater & film college protests a loss of autonomy

Sep. 6, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of students, faculty and supporters of Hungary’s University of Theater and Film Arts formed a human chain Sunday between their institution and parliament to protest government steps seen diminishing its autonomy. Those at the protest passed from hand to hand a...