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In this photo provided by Larry Brandspiegel, Holocaust survivors Israel

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

Oct. 20, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in Judaism, and it only happened thanks to a prayer service that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Decades ago their families, who...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

Norway's Lucas Braathen celebrates in the finish area after completing alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Norwegian skier Braathen upsets favorites in GS for 1st win

Oct. 18, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Sitting in the leader box, Lucas Braathen buried his head in his hands as he watched each racer after him crossing the finish line at the season-opening men’s World Cup giant slalom Sunday. But the Norwegian's time held up, even after first-run leader Gino Caviezel completed...

Medical staff takes a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus test center in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

Oct. 17, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday. “Difficult months are ahead of us,” she said in her weekly video podcast. “How...

FILE - In this May 13, 2020 file photo, a barrier blocks the road at the closed border crossing from Austria to the Czech Republic near Reinthal, Austria. European Union countries are set to adopt a common traffic light system to coordinate traveling across the 27-nation bloc, but a return to a full freedom of movement in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic remains far from reach. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Austria probe points to mistakes in early virus response

Oct. 12, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in the Austrian region of Tyrol acted too slowly to shut down ski resorts after it became clear they were dealing with one of Europe’s first coronavirus outbreaks in March, but not due to political or business pressure, an independent commission reported Monday. There were...

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig from the Social Democrats, SPOE, waves at the start of a TV debate for local elections in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.  Citizens in Vienna cast their votes Sunday to elect the mayor of the Austrian capital. Polls see the incumbent mayor Michael Ludwig of the Social Democratic Party of Austria in the lead. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Center-left wins Vienna election, no comeback for Strache

Oct. 12, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's main center-left party has won a regional election in Vienna that saw the far-right Freedom Party lose more than two-thirds of its support and its former leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, apparently fail to make a political comeback. Preliminary final results from Sunday's election,...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Mikaela Shiffrin races down the course during the women's World Cup downhill ski race, in Lake Louise, Alberta. The governing body for ski racing announced it will skip the traditional World Cup swing through North America to remain in Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s side will miss stops in Killington, Vermont, and Lake Louise, Alberta. The men’s tour won’t race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, or make a separate trip to Lake Louise. The venues are slated to be back on the calendar in 2021-22, according to the International Ski Federation. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Shiffrin skips season-opener with back issue, returns to US

Oct. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin postponed her return to World Cup skiing for at least another month on Friday, pulling out of next week's season-opening giant slalom in Austria with a back issue. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time overall World Cup champion, who hasn't raced in nearly nine...

FILE  - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, Wolfsberg coach Gerhard Struber reacts during a Europa League Group J soccer match againsy Istanbul Basaksehir at Fatih Terim stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The New York Red Bulls hired Gerhard Struber as their coach Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, giving the veteran his first U.S. coaching job. (AP Photo/File)

New York Red Bulls hire Gerhard Struber as coach

Oct. 6, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New York Red Bulls hired Gerhard Struber as their coach Tuesday, giving the veteran of the Austrian soccer his first U.S. coaching job. Struber becomes the team’s 15th full-time head coach and 18th coach overall in 25 seasons. He will take over a team that's seventh in the...

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. European Union leaders will be assessing relations with China during their final day of a summit meeting which already saw bruising talks on foreign affairs issues. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU court rules against Hungary's Orban over Soros university

Oct. 6, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that changes by Hungary to its law on higher education which effectively forced a university founded by George Soros to leave the country weren't in line with EU law. The European Court of Justice ruled against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's...

US sees "important progress" in Helsinki nuclear arms talks

Oct. 6, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The top U.S. negotiator in nuclear arms control talks with Russia held in Helsinki says a one-day follow-up meeting to earlier talks in Austria has yielded “important progress.” Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control,...