Europe

  • SOCHI SCENE: Chasing Chara

    U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are from the Boston area. So naturally, they were eager to meet Bruins captain Zdeno Chara at ... 

  • Jennifer Harss, Johanna Olofsson

    SOCHI SCENE: She shoots, she scores

    Goalkeeper Jennifer Harss of Germany reaches for the puck as Johanna Olofsson's of Sweden shot gets by her for a goal in this photo captured by the ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Just call him I-Pod

    Iouri Podladtchikov has delivered the stunner of these Sochi Games, besting American snowboarding icon Shaun White in the halfpipe to win the gold ... 

  • Correction: Ukraine-Tymoshenko story

    In a story Feb. 10 about Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, The Associated Press erroneously used the dateline Kiev, Russia. It should ... 

  • Hollande: Investors visiting Iran made own choices

    French President Francois Hollande is pushing back against criticism about French businessmen who visited Iran last week. Iranian businessmen welcomed ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Proud Parents

    They sat together like proud parents, witnessing the birth of a child. And in many respects they were. A few hours before the historic first Olympic ... 

  • Vatican OKs miracle for controversial Croatian

    A World War II-era Croatian cardinal considered a hero by many Catholics but a traitor by some Jews and Serbs has moved a step closer to possible ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: A Shaun White hug

    Hours before he went for the win, Shaun White already had delivered a gold-medal moment. Shortly after qualifying for the Olympic halfpipe final ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: For love of the ski

    A rough landing during training turned Slovakia slopestyle skier Natalia Slepecka's left knee into a jumbled mess. A bout with a virus left her ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: She'll be back

    Freeskier Julia Marino wiped out on her final jump of the slopestyle completion Tuesday and had to climb all the way up the hill to fetch her skis. 

  • Germany forgives half of Myanmar's debt

    Germany has signed an agreement to forgive half the 1.084 billion euro ($1.48 billion) debt it is owed by Myanmar, implementing a plan which Germany ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: A head of the game

    Now that's headgear. Check out this image of 10 different helmets, taken by various Associated Press photographers during various skeleton training ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Tree Climbing

    Alpine skiing coaches are also expert tree climbers. That's because lofty perches provide better and more expansive views of lengthy downhill courses, ... 

  • German zoo's polar bear swallows jacket, dies

    A German zoo says one of its polar bears has died after apparently swallowing a jacket or bag dropped into his enclosure by a visitor. The Wilhelma ... 

  • Russian appeal over skiathlon bronze rejected

    The International Ski Federation has rejected an appeal by Russia over the Olympic bronze medal in the men's cross-country skiathlon after a Norwegian ... 

  • Sarah Hendrickson

    SOCHI SCENE: She's No. 1

    "I am bib number one today. That means I will be the first girl EVER to ski jump in an Olympic event. ALL SMILES :)" — American Sarah Hendrickson, of ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Amid fans, the dead

    Stadiums, the Olympic torch, food stalls - what else can you expect to see in an Olympic park? In Sochi: a cemetery. A small graveyard of Old ... 

  • Monkey business: Popular primate changing zoos

    A German zoo says it's sending a monkey Casanova to the Czech Republic because he's produced so many offspring that he may soon start having children ... 

  • Drag queen's speech fuels Irish gay rights debate

    Ireland's top drag queen, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up ... 

  • Italy's Berlusconi tried for political corruption

    Silvio Berlusconi's political corruption trial opened Tuesday in the southern city of Naples — the latest legal challenge for the three-time former ... 

  • Art collector in German find: works in Austria too

    A reclusive elderly German art collector who kept well over 1,000 works at his apartment in Munich also had around 60 more pieces at a house in ... 

  • India insists Italian marines will face Indian law

    India insisted Tuesday it will prosecute two Italian marines under its laws even though Italy is deeply unhappy with a decision to make use of a ... 

  • Swedish mass murderer to be released in 2016

    A Swedish court has commuted the life sentence of man who killed four people to a 33-year prison sentence, making him eligible for release in 2016. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Torchbearer's tweet

    She lit the Olympic cauldron. Now she's trying to put out a different kind of fire. Three-time Olympic figure skating champion Irina Rodnina is ... 

  • US destroyer arrives in Spain for NATO shield

    The first of four U.S. destroyers forming part of NATO's new anti-missile shield for Europe has arrived at a southern Spanish naval base used by the U