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Carlijn Achtereekte, of the Netherlands, reacts after competing during the women's 3,000 meters at the world single distances speedskating championships Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sablikova, Bloemen win world speedskating titles

Feb. 13, 2020 6:59 PM EST

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic and Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada won individual gold medals Thursday on the first day of the ISU World Single Distances Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval. The Netherlands set a world record in women’s team sprint, finishing...

The roof of a house is damaged due to a strong storm in Rohozna, Czech Republic, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. A storm battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches. (Lubos Pavlicek/CTK via AP)

Ferocious storm in Europe kills 8, causes travel disruptions

Feb. 11, 2020 9:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Ferocious winds, with gusts over 200 kph (125 mph), lashed Corsica and whipped up a forest fire that flared overnight on the French Mediterranean island on Tuesday, after a storm with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains battered northern Europe for days, killing at least eight people and...

A view of a Toyota car in a sinkhole which appeared overnight in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, in Brentwood, England, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP)

Fierce storm causes deaths, damage and delays across Europe

Feb. 10, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A storm battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least seven people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore down on Germany. After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail...

FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, pedestrians cross over University Avenue on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. As concerns about China’s virus outbreak spread, universities all over the world are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs. One diagnosis was confirmed at ASU and another at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, which said the infected student had recently traveled to Wuhan. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Universities cancel study-abroad programs amid virus fears

Feb. 6, 2020 10:57 AM EST

As concerns about China's virus outbreak spread, universities are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs, and some are canceling study-abroad opportunities and prohibiting travel affecting hundreds of thousands of students. From Europe to Australia and the United States, universities in countries that...

Czech central bank lifts key interest rate to tame inflation

Feb. 6, 2020 8:55 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's central bank has surprisingly raised its key interest rate by a quarter-point to 2.25% in response to higher inflation rates, a move that's helped lift the country's currency to its highest level against the euro since 2012. Thursday's move, which was not expected in...

Trucks and cars make their way in the snow D8 highway near the village of Libouchec, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.  Authorities across eastern Europe have issued warnings for strong winds,  heavy rain and snow that toppled trees, damaged buildings and closed roads throughout the region.(Ondrej Haket/CTK via AP)

At least 2 die as bad weather batters Eastern Europe

Feb. 5, 2020 10:37 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — At least two people died Wednesday in central and eastern Europe as strong winds, heavy rain and snow battered the region. In Slovakia, a bus stop was overturned by the winds in the western town of Myjava, killing one child and seriously injuring another, police said....

People wearing protective suits and military personnel walk inside a military complex where 56 Italians evacuated from Wuhan, China, will be kept in quarantine upon their arrival Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, on the outskirts of Rome. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 17,300 people and 361 deaths as of Monday, Italy has two cases reported. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italians, Poles quarantined after coming back from China

Feb. 3, 2020 5:03 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Scores of Italians and Poles were under quarantine Monday after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where a fast-spreading virus has emerged. Meanwhile in Croatia, tourists from Taiwan were reportedly wearing “not from China” signs due to discrimination against...

A man wears protective face masks stands in front of TV screens broadcasting Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivering a speech in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Lam says the city will shut almost all land and sea border control points to the mainland from midnight to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus from China. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: UAE suspends flights to China outside Beijing

Feb. 3, 2020 9:28 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The United Arab Emirates, home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways, is suspending flights to mainland China outside of Beijing. The country’s state-run WAM news agency made the...

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port near Rome, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Italian health authorities are screening passengers aboard after a passenger from Macao came down with flu-like symptoms amid the global scare about a new virus. Passengers are being kept on board pending check to determine the type of virus. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Europe evacuates citizens from China, Russia shuts border

Jan. 30, 2020 5:33 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European countries stepped up efforts Thursday to contain the virus sweeping through central China, sending a chartered airliner there to evacuate hundreds of European citizens, scrapping more commercial flights to Chinese destinations and keeping some 7,000 people on a cruise ship...

Czech Republic to send troops to Africa anti-terror mission

Jan. 27, 2020 6:31 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Monday approved a Defense Ministry plan to deploy up to 60 troops as part of France's anti-terror mission in Africa. The service members will join Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas military mission. It has been working to root out Islamic militants roaming...