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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020 file photo, a DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. AT&T, one of the last major American companies still operating in Venezuela, said Tuesday, May 19, 2020 it will immediately abandon Venezuela’s pay TV market, as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the Venezuelan government, making it impossible to comply with the legal requirements of both countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)
May 19, 2020 - 6:39 pm
MIAMI (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday it will immediately ditch Venezuela's pay TV market as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The Dallas-based company's closing of its Venezuela unit...
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Raffle organizers Peri Cochin, left, and Arabenne Reille put the painting "Nature morte" by Picasso in its frame at Christie's auction house, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Paris. After an eight-week delay caused by France's COVID-19 lockdown, the Christie's auction house in Paris is hosting a raffle draw Wednesday for "Nature Morte," an oil on canvas that Picasso painted in 1921. Raffle organizers say they have already raised 5 million euros ($5.4 million) by selling 50,000 tickets online for 100 euros ($109) each. Their hoped-for sales target was 200,000 tickets but the coronavirus crisis complicated the task. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
May 19, 2020 - 3:43 am
LE PECQ, France (AP) — How’s this as an antidote for coronavirus blues: A genuine painting by Pablo Picasso on your wall. After an eight-week delay caused by France’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Christie’s auction house in Paris is hosting a raffle draw Wednesday for “Nature Morte,” an oil on canvas...
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Second base sits in its place in an otherwise empty ballpark where grounds crew members continue to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 16, 2020 - 3:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks, according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press...
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A combo of recent images and filed on Friday May 15, 2020 of pubs that are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Britain's 47,000 or so pubs were told to close their doors on March 20, three days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the full lockdown. The pub holds a special place in British culture, unmatched anywhere else in the world. They are key building blocks of a shared identity and shared connections from the tiniest hamlet in cider country in southwest England, to the more whisky-focused havens in Scotland's Shetland Islands. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
May 15, 2020 - 11:33 am
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TEUTONIC SHIFT: Germany — Europe's biggest economy —...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on April 5, 2017, Max Liebermann's "Basket Weavers" painting hangs in a law office in Jerusalem. The painting was returned to David Toren, an American heir of its original Jewish owner, after he sued the government of Germany for his great-uncle’s collection and after a lengthy saga, recovered artworks confiscated by the Nazis, jockeyed by an unscrupulous German art trader and ultimately purchased by an Israeli Holocaust survivor unaware of its murky past. Toren died on April 19 in his Manhattan home from symptoms of the coronavirus. He was 94. He left behind his son Peter and two grandchildren. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
May 14, 2020 - 10:03 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — With the Nazis murdering Jews and ransacking their property outside on the infamous nights of Kristallnacht in 1938, 13-year-old David Toren sat in the sunroom of his wealthy great-uncle in Germany admiring a favorite painting depicting two men on horseback on a beach...
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A directional arrow on a street points to the Signal Iduna Park, Germany's biggest stadium of Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Bundesliga will now restart on May 16, 2020 when Borussia Dortmund will play the derby against FC Schalke 04 at home without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
May 14, 2020 - 7:14 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Major League Soccer is extending a league-wide moratorium on group and team training through June 1. The moratorium had been in place through May 15. MLS players are permitted to use outdoor team training fields...
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This image released by Disney Theatricals shows Ciara Renee as Elsa in the musical "Frozen." The big budget musical will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million. (Mary Ellen Matthews/Disney Theatricals via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 5:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The big budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and...
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May 14, 2020 - 3:03 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds are laying off less than 25% of their staff and reducing pay for others on June 1 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cincinnati made the announcement on its website Thursday. The Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 filer, World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari, right, accompanied by Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, left, and Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki, speaks to the media at a press conference in Tokyo. For World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari, it seems like such a sure home run that he can’t even imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to be involved. No wonder the refusal of Major League Baseball and its players' association to send top stars to the Tokyo Games has frustrated Fraccari for years. Now, with the Olympics postponed for a full year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the current MLB season on hold, Fraccari has the unexpected opportunity to make one final pitch to the sport’s biggest league. (AP Photo/Ken Aragaki, File)
May 14, 2020 - 4:45 am
ROME (AP) — Baseball. In Japan. At the Olympics. For World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari, it seems like such a sure home run that he can’t even imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to be involved. No wonder the refusal of Major League Baseball and its players' association...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia. Russia's Foreign Ministry has accused the Financial Times and the New York Times of spreading "disinformation" after the two newspapers alleged that Russia's coronavirus death toll could much higher than officials report. The Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday May 13, 2020, that letters demanding a retraction would be passed on to editors in chief of the newspapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
May 14, 2020 - 4:45 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry has accused the Financial Times and The New York Times of spreading “disinformation” after the two newspapers alleged that Russia's coronavirus death toll could be much higher than officials are reporting. The Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova...
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