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A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg appears on a postal stamp in her native Sweden that is part of a series focusing on the environment, as seen through a magnifying glass, in Stockholm, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. One of the stamps features teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg in her trademark yellow raincoat with her braid blowing in the wind and standing a top a hill. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Climate activist Thunberg to appear on Swedish postal stamp

Jan. 13, 2021 11:44 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postal stamp that will be issued Thursday in her native Sweden and is part of a series focusing on the environment. The motives on the stamps “should reflect our time, where the environmental issue has been...

A thick layer of snow covers the streets of central Helsinki, Finland, making all kinds of travel difficult on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021. The heavy snowfall is predicted to continue until Wednesday in Southern Finland. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

Heavy snowfall hits Sweden, Finland; icy temperatures ahead

Jan. 13, 2021 7:59 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thousands of households across northern Sweden and southern Finland were without power Wednesday after heavy snowfall, and forecasters warned that particularly icy temperatures lay ahead for the Baltic Sea region. In southwestern Finland, around 4,000 households were without power,...

SAS CEO leaves airline after 10 years at the helm

Jan. 12, 2021 5:49 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The CEO of Scandinavian Airlines, Rickard Gustafson, said Monday he is leaving the company after 10 years at the helm to take up a job with one of Sweden’s largest industrial groups. In a statement, the 56-year-old Swede said: “time has come for me to pass on the baton." It...

Sweden sends 2 to prison for Chechen critic hammer assault

Jan. 11, 2021 7:12 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Monday sentenced a man and a woman to 10 years and eight years in prison respectively for attempted murder and accessory to attempted murder in a February hammer attack on a blogger and critic of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The pair, who were not named by the Gavle...

United States' Jessie Diggins bursts into tears after completing a women's Tour de Ski, cross-country 10K mass start event, in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Diggins finished in second placed and clinched the Tour de Ski trophy. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Jessie Diggins wins 1st Tour de Ski title for United States

Jan. 10, 2021 9:53 AM EST

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) — Jessie Diggins won a first title for the United States in cross-country skiing’s Tour de Ski on Sunday. Leading the women’s time standings after seven events, Diggins placed second in the 10-kilometer final stage of the 10-day competition raced in Italy and...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where an Ukrainian plane was shot down in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran. More questions than answers remain about the disaster that killed 176 people on board the Ukrainian jetliner, a year after Iran’s military mistakenly downed the plane with surface-to-air missiles. Officials in Canada, which was home to many of the passengers on the doomed plane, and other affected countries have raised concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability in Iran’s investigation of its own military. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

5 nations want Iran to deliver justice on downed plane

Jan. 8, 2021 12:07 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The countries whose citizens were killed when Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner said Friday they want Iran “to deliver justice and make sure Iran makes full reparations to the families of the victims and affected countries.” In a joint statement...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020 file photo, Dan Eliasson, the general director of the Swedish Contingencies Agency (MSB), attends a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic, in Stockholm. A Swedish top official has resigned after a trip to Spain’s Canary Islands for Christmas and New Year’s, saying “the important thing is how we as a society handle the pandemic and all focus is on the incredibly important task.” The departure of Dan Eliasson comes as the Scandinavian country has seen a recent spike in virus cases. (Janerik Henriksson/TT via AP, file)

Swedish official resigns over Spain vacation during pandemic

Jan. 6, 2021 11:42 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A senior Swedish official resigned Wednesday after a vacation to Spain’s Canary Islands for Christmas and New Year's, saying “the important thing is how we as a society handle the pandemic and all focus is on the incredibly important task.” The departure of...

United States' John Farinacci (25) celebrates his goal on Slovakia goalie Simon Latkoczy (30) during the second period of an IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Farinacci, Knight lead US past Slovakia 5-2 in world junior

Jan. 3, 2021 1:17 AM EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — John Farinacci scored twice, Spencer Knight made 16 saves and the United States beat Slovakia 5-2 on Saturday night in the world junior championship quarterfinals. The Americans will face Finland in the semifinals Monday night. Defending champion Canada will play Russia in the...

United States' Alex Turcotte celebrates his goal against Sweden during the second period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

US beats Sweden 4-0 for 3rd straight shutout, wins Group B

Jan. 1, 2021 12:25 AM EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Boston College's Spencer Knight made 27 saves and the United States opened the first and second periods with two-goal bursts to beat Sweden 4-0 on Thursday night and win Group B in the world junior hockey championship. The United States will face Slovakia — the fourth-place...