Government and politics

Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte speaks to journalists as he arrives during the first day of the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, June 24, 2019. The host city of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games will be decided during the134th IOC Session. Stockholm-Are in Sweden and Milan-Cortina in Italy are the two candidate cities for the Olympic Winter Games 2026. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 7:39 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Italian officials insisted their debt-hit economy can support hosting the 2026 Olympics, and Sweden's prime minister promised his apparently skeptical nation also wants to do it. The two Winter Games candidates brought government officials to help persuade International...
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International Olympic Committee IOC president Thomas Bach from Germany, right, arrives with Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, center, and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Sunday, June 23, 2019. The host city of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games will be decided in Lausanne on Monday. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP))
June 23, 2019 - 7:27 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The head of Sweden's 2026 Winter Olympics bid believes having Latvia on the hosting ticket can sway Monday's vote for the perceived underdog against Milan-Cortina. The Stockholm-Are plan to stage ice sliding sports across the Baltic Sea at a venue in Latvia avoids...
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The new headquarters building of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The inauguration of the Olympic House will take place on June 23, during the celebration of Olympic Day. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)
June 23, 2019 - 8:31 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — While the Winter Olympics still has issues attracting bidders, two candidates have stayed on Monday's ballot to pick the 2026 host. The contest is formally a choice between Milan-Cortina and Stockholm-Are. Effectively it is northern Italy against Sweden and Latvia as...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2015, file photo, a fan holds up a sign during a pregame ceremony as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition baseball game in Montreal. The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan that could see the team split its home games between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 20, 2019 - 9:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Ex-Rays? Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal. No timetable for the possible plan was announced. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to play...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2013, file photo, United States Olympic Winter Games Hockey players Jocelyne Lamoureux, left, and Monique Lamoureux pose for a portrait at the Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah. A judge has thrown out a discrimination lawsuit by 11 former University of North Dakota women's hockey players seeking to have the program reinstated. School administrators cited budget woes when the program was dropped in the spring of 2017. The team reached the NCAA quarterfinals two straight years when twin sisters and U.S. Olympic stars Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux were on the roster. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
June 20, 2019 - 5:56 pm
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a discrimination lawsuit by 11 former University of North Dakota women's hockey players seeking to reinstate a program that at one time included U.S. Olympic stars Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. The complaint filed last summer against the North Dakota...
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, speaks after receiving Genesis Prize in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Israel honored Kraft with the 2019 Genesis Prize for his philanthropy and commitment to combatting anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
June 20, 2019 - 4:48 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, accepted Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize at a lavish ceremony on Thursday, where he pledged $20 million to establish a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. In...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the fan-zone for European Games supporters seen in downtown Minsk, Belarus. Shrunken in size and struggling for attention, the European Games open Friday in Belarus which is one of the continent’s most isolated countries. There was a lavish inaugural event in Azerbaijan four years ago with the opening ceremony alone costing $95 million and starring Lady Gaga. But it wasn’t enough to attract many big-name athletes to Minsk for this year’s event. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
June 20, 2019 - 12:00 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Shrunken in size and struggling for attention, the European Games open Friday as host Belarus seeks to shed its reputation as one of the continent's most isolated countries. Memories of the lavish inaugural event in Azerbaijan four years ago — the opening ceremony alone cost $...
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This combination photo shows Foster Klug, left, news director for Japan, the Koreas, Australia and the South Pacific, and Kiichiro Sato, newly appointed Asia deputy for storytelling and photography. Klug, AP’s bureau chief in Seoul, South Korea, is being promoted to news director for Japan, the Koreas, Australia and the South Pacific. Sato has been named deputy news director for storytelling and photography, rounding out a leadership team directing video, text and photo coverage across the Asia-Pacific region. (Lee Jinman, Paul Sakuma via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 2:56 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press is bolstering its coverage of Asia by naming an experienced photo editor and a seasoned foreign correspondent to key leadership posts in Tokyo. Kiichiro Sato has been named deputy news director for storytelling and photography, rounding out a leadership team...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, Russian National Anti-doping Agency RUSADA head Yuri Ganus speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. The number of Russian athletes accused of receiving banned treatments from a doctor could rise to 70, the country's anti-doping agency said Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 19, 2019 - 7:45 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The number of Russian athletes accused of receiving banned treatments from a doctor could rise to 70, the country's anti-doping agency said Wednesday. The agency, known as RUSADA, previously said Monday it would file cases against 33 athletes from numerous sports suspected of...
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Michel Platini and his lawyer William Bourdon, right, answer reporters after Platini has been freed, outside the French police anti-corruption and financial crimes office in Nanterre, outside Paris, early Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Former UEFA president Michel Platini proclaimed his innocence during police questioning Tuesday following his arrest as part of a corruption probe into the vote that gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori)
June 19, 2019 - 2:31 am
PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of Wednesday and said he found the experience painful given "everything I've done" in the sport. Summoned Tuesday...
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