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German governors, Merkel to discuss virus amid high cases

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks Tuesday with the governors of Germany's 16 states amid growing concerns about the steep rise in new coronavirus cases in the country. ...

COVID: South Korean cities grapple with cab shortage

Han Ye-jung could always count on an available taxi to bring her home, after working late into the night at her company's office in central Seoul. However, that has changed since the start of the ...

Thousands protest coronavirus restrictions in Czech capital

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands rallied in the Czech capital of Prague on Sunday to protest the government’s restrictive measures to tackle a record surge of coronavirus infections. The prot...

MATCHDAY: Chelsea hosts slumping Man U, Madrid vs Sevilla

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday: ENGLAND For what could be his final game in temporary charge of Manchester United, Michael Carrick takes hi...

German minister hopes patient transfers a 'wake-up call'

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Saturday he hopes that the sight of air force planes transferring patients across the country will act as a “wake-up call” to millions who are still holdin...

Business Highlights: Stocks sink, Black Friday's back

___ Stocks sink on new COVID variant; Dow loses 905 points NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more than 1,000...

New omicron variant stokes world fears, triggers travel bans

BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meeting...

German far-right AfD party cancels congress due to COVID

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany, which has opposed many of the country's pandemic restrictions, has canceled its planned party congress next month due to the surge in coronavirus i...

Czech infections hit new record high, president going home

PRAGUE (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic jumped to a new record high Friday, a surge that hit the country's president and delayed the appointment of the new prime minister. ...

As Europe virus cases surge, UK plows on with its new normal

LONDON (AP) — The bars are shut in Vienna, and the Christmas market is empty in Munich, as several European nations tighten up or even lock down to combat a spike in coronavirus infections. ...

Business Highlights: Holiday shopping, Christmas markets

___ Holiday season moves into high gear but challenges remain NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings are returni...

France opts for 3rd shots, not lockdown, to fight new wave

PARIS (AP) — France launched a plan Thursday to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, as it opted against a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the countr...

Portugal returns to COVID restrictions despite high jab rate

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions, less than two months after scrapping most of them when the goal of vaccinating 86% of the population against COVID-1...

Europe's Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The holiday tree is towering over the main square in this central German city, the chestnuts and sugared almonds are roasted, and kids are clambering aboard the merry-go-roun...

EU warns differing virus measures put free travel at risk

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned member countries Thursday that they risk undermining the 27-nation bloc’s COVID-19 travel and access certificate system with new restrictions that some are pu...