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The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Apr. 10, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s “deepest sympathies and condolences” to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of Prince Philip. ...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which it began administering on January 5. “We are in a pandemic and our principle...

Hungary to assist Slovakia in inspection of Russian vaccine

Apr. 09, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Slovakia’s deputy prime minister traveled to Hungary to ask for assistance in inspecting doses of the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, a day after Russia demanded Slovakia return the jabs. Deputy Prime Minister Igor Matovic said he went to...

Russia wants Slovakia to return its Sputnik V vaccines

Apr. 08, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia asked Slovakia on Thursday to return its Sputnik V vaccines it has received “due to multiple contract violations.” The official Twitter account of the Sputnik V vaccine said Slovakia’s drug regulator “in violation of existing contract and in...

New Slovak govt sworn in to end crisis over Russian vaccine

Apr. 01, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s president on Thursday swore in a new coalition government to end a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. President Zuzana Caputova appointed the new Cabinet led by Prime...

Slovak premier, government resign over Russian vaccine deal

Mar. 30, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia's Prime Minister Igor Matovic and his government resigned on Tuesday to ease a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. It is the first European government to collapse due to its handling of the...

Slovak premier resigns to end crisis over Russian vaccine

Mar. 28, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia’s prime minister said Sunday he will step down to clear the way for a Cabinet reshuffle that will defuse a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Igor Matovic said he proposed...

In break from region, hard-hit Hungary to loosen lockdown

Mar. 26, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Despite struggling with the worst COVID-19 death rate in the world and record new infections, Hungary announced plans Friday to scale back virus restrictions in coming weeks — even as other countries in hard-hit Central Europe are opting for caution. ...

Slovak coalition party completes withdrawal from government

Mar. 25, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A party in Slovakia’s ruling coalition completed its withdrawal from the government on Thursday amid a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia’s coronavirus vaccine. Two ministers for the Freedom and Solidarity party,...

Central Europe's hospitals slammed, can't treat all in need

Mar. 24, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland recorded its highest daily number of new coronavirus infections Wednesday as hospitals buckle under a new surge. Hungary has the highest per capita death rate in the world. And Romanian doctors are working around the clock and having to decide who does — and...