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  • Bubka calls for halt to violence in Ukraine

    His eyes welling with tears and voice choking with emotion, Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka appealed Wednesday to both sides in his homeland's ... 

  • New Czech PM signals more pro-EU policies

    The Czech Republic's new prime minister has taken two steps to improve his nation's ties with the European Union and its policies. Bohuslav Sobotka ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Sochi heats up

    For an Olympics that was expected to be volatile from a political and security standpoint, the first 10 days of the Sochi Games were surprisingly ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Olympic delicacy

    Some of the most popular concession stands near the medals plaza in the Olympic Park sell crepes. The sunflower-decked stands contain three women ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Heartbreak in Russia

    The Russian men's hockey team was supposed to be the star of the Sochi show. Instead, after a 3-1 loss to Finland on their home soil, Russia won't ... 

  • Pope Francis

    Pope talks poverty, eyes finance branch overhaul

    Pope Francis penned a new missive on the injustices of poverty Wednesday amid indications he is eyeing a major overhaul of the Vatican's financial ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Russians getting worried

    The prospect of missing out on the medal stand in men's hockey in Sochi is starting to set in on Russia fans and players. Long faces could be seen ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Dutch 'royal' orchestra

    It wouldn't be an Olympic speedskating competition without Kleintje Pils. The Netherlands oompah band — the name translates to "Small Beer" — is ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Beer me

    Vic Wild might compete under the Russian flag, but the roots for the White Salmon, Wash., native run deep. After the snowboarder completed a career ... 

  • Ukraine crisis felt among athletes at Olympics

    Others tried to keep it from him, but Dmytro Mytsak knew what had happened before he took to the slopes. On a beautiful day in the snowy Caucasus ... 

  • Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers

    Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Surf's up, Sochi

    Leave it to a skier from California to perfectly capture the spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympics. With the competition finished, Julia Mancuso decided ... 

  • Bach praises 'great dignity' of Ukrainian athletes

    IOC President Thomas Bach has expressed his condolences to victims of the violence in Ukraine and praised Ukraine's Olympic athletes for continuing ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: White peaks

    Some days during the Winter Olympics, snow has been relatively sparse on the mountains above Sochi. Not Wednesday. AP photographer Andy Wong captures ... 

  • Germany arrests man on Iran smuggling charges

    German authorities say they have arrested a German-Iranian man suspected of supplying Iran with components for use in its missile program. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: 109 starters

    With 109 listed starters in men's giant slalom, there are bound to be lots of crashes. The slow-mo replay folks are having a field day. Only 79 ... 

  • Unrest 'worried' 1st Venezuelan Olympic skier

    As he prepared to become Venezuela's first Alpine skier at an Olympics, Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta had plenty on his mind about the unrest back home. 

  • German art collector appeals seizure of works

    Lawyers for the German art collector who kept more than 1,400 works in his Munich apartment have filed an appeal against the pieces' seizure two years ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: House of champions

    The Holland Heineken House has always been one of the top party spots at the Olympic Games, with Dutch fans, athletes and sponsors getting together ... 

  • Disability access needs improvement at Sochi Games

    After $51 billion, it should be easy to get around at the Olympics — for everyone. Organizers have repeatedly touted accessibility for people with ... 

  • Greenpeace dumps coal at French president's palace

    Paris police detained 12 Greenpeace activists who dumped a truckload of coal at the doorstep of France's presidential palace on Wednesday, hours ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Snowy site

    Snow doesn't get much more picturesque than this. AP photographer Jae C. Hong captures snow sitting on an umbrella before the men's ski halfpipe final ... 

  • Ukraine leader defiant after violence erupts

    The Ukrainian president is blaming opposition leaders for the deadly violence that has erupted in central Kiev. In a statement published online early ... 

  • David Wise

    SOCHI SCENE: Rock Steady

    Every time American freeskier David Wise travels for a halfpipe competition, he searches for a rock — typically in the shape of a heart — to bring ... 

  • Riot police move in against Kiev protest camp

    Amid cries of "Glory to Ukraine!" and with flaming tires lighting up the night sky, thousands of riot police armed with stun grenades and water ...