Gas explosion in Slovakia tower block kills 5, injures 40

Europe 12/06/19, 05:20

A gas explosion in an apartment building in eastern Slovakia killed at least five people and injured more than 40 Friday. Firefighters rescued people trapped in the building, which officials said is still in danger of collapse. The explosion occurred toward the top of the 12-story building in the city of ...

Finland wins world hockey championship, beating Canada 3-1

Hockey 05/26/19, 16:47

Marko Anttila helped lead Finland to its third world hockey title, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday.Anttila tied it at 1 on a power play early in the second period and the Finnish captain made it 2-1 early in the third. Harri ...

Canada, Finland advance to world hockey title game

Hockey 05/25/19, 16:29

Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal, Matt Murray made 39 saves and Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday night to advance to face Finland in the world hockey championship final.Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot also scored for Canada. Tomas Zohorna scored the Czechs.In ...

Russia to host 2023 hockey worlds in St. Petersburg

Sports 05/24/19, 07:02

The International Ice Hockey Federation has picked the Russian city of St. Petersburg to host the 2023 world championships.Russia plans to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the event, and also use the city's Ice Place venue built for the 2000 worlds.The IIHF says it awarded two ...

Canada escapes; US, Sweden fall in world hockey

Hockey 05/23/19, 16:52

Damon Severson and Mark Stone helped Canada escape to the world hockey championship semifinals while the United States and defending champion Sweden dropped out.Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 in overtime Thursday night. Severson tied it with 0.4 seconds left on a goal confirmed by video review. Stone ended it at 5:07 ...

Germany beats Finland, Czech Republic tops Swiss at worlds

Hockey 05/21/19, 11:06

Leon Draisaitl scored tiebreaking and go-ahead goals late in the third period, lifting Germany to a 4-2 win over Finland at the world hockey championship.Both Group A teams will advance to the quarterfinals and their seeding will be determined after the United State plays Canada on Tuesday night.The Czech Republic ...

Sweden edges Latvia, Brits drop France at ice hockey worlds

Hockey 05/20/19, 12:24

Dennis Rassmusen scored the winner into an empty net with 34 seconds remaining for Sweden to beat Latvia 5-4 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.Latvia needed a win in regulation to keep alive hopes for a quarterfinal spot in the Group B game in Bratislava. After Roberts Bukarts ...

US tops Germans 3-1 for 5th win in row at world championship

Sports 05/19/19, 11:50

Dylan Larkin scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the United States went on to beat Germany 3-1 Sunday at the world championships.Jack Eichel put the Americans ahead by two goals late in the third and Cory Schneider was strong in net, helping them win a fifth ...

DeBrincat scores twice as US routs Denmark 7-1 at worlds

Hockey 05/18/19, 08:50

Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist to help the United States rout Denmark 7-1 on Saturday for the Americans' fourth straight victory during preliminary play at the world championships.Jeff Blashill became the winningest U.S. coach in world championship history in the top division with his 18th career victory ...

Slovakia keeps hopes of advancing alive with win over France

Hockey 05/17/19, 12:29

Slovakia rebounded from three straight losses with a 6-3 victory over France on Friday, keeping alive its slim hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the hockey world championships.Richard Panik scored and had two assists and Erik Cernak had a goal and an assist for Slovakia, which moved into fifth in ...

Canada tops France at hockey worlds, Sweden routs Austria

Hockey 05/16/19, 11:45

Anthony Mantha scored twice to lift Canada to a 5-2 victory over France at the hockey world championship on Thursday.Mantha opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play with a slap shot in the opening period and added his second for a 4-2 lead in the final frame. Mantha now ...

Denmark routs Britain, Latvia blanks Italy at hockey worlds

Sports 05/14/19, 12:00

Morten Poulsen scored a hat trick as Denmark routed newcomer Britain 9-0 at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.Nicklas Jensen also scored twice for the Danes to improve to 2-1 in Group A in Kosice. Britain, which returned to the top division for the first time in 25 years, has ...

US routs France, Russia shuts out Austria at hockey worlds

Sports 05/12/19, 07:49

The United States rebounded from an upset loss to Slovakia in the opening game at the ice hockey world championship by routing France 7-1 on Sunday.After losing 4-1 to the host, the U.S. was not ready for another upset. Alex DeBrincat scored twice and Frank Vatrano added one in less ...

Swiss thrash Italy, Denmark beat France at ice hockey worlds

Hockey 05/11/19, 08:20

Kevin Fiala scored a hat trick and added an assist as Switzerland thrashed Italy 9-0 in their first game at the world hockey championship on Saturday.It was Switzerland's biggest victory over Italy at the worlds.Last year's finalist, Switzerland, didn't waste time and took control with four goals in the opening ...

Slovak court rejects to ban parliamentary far right party

Europe 04/29/19, 04:48

Slovakia's Supreme Court has dismissed a request by the country's prosecutor general to ban a far-right party that has 14 seats in the country's parliament.In his request filed two years ago, Jaromir Cizna said the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia is an extremist group whose activities violate the country's constitution.But ...

Japan’s PM asks for support in abduction dispute with NKorea

Europe 04/25/19, 06:27

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has asked the leaders of four Central European countries for help in a long dispute with North Korea over the abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago.Abe says he has asked for "understanding and support" on an issue that is "very important" for Japan.Japan ...

Slovak court considers banning parliamentary far right party

Europe 04/09/19, 12:08

Slovakia's Supreme Court is deciding whether to ban a parliamentary party for the first time in the country's history.The court listened Tuesday to a request that emanated from the country's prosecutor general to remove the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia party because he considers it a threat to democracy. It ...

Outgoing president to create new political party in Slovakia

Europe 04/03/19, 03:14

Slovakia's outgoing president, Andrej Kiska, says he's planning to create a new political party once his term in office expires in June.Kiska, a successful businessman-turned-philanthropist, did not stand for a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial post. Liberal environment activist Zuzana Caputova was elected Saturday to the post as ...

Slovakia could elect its 1st female head of state

Europe 03/30/19, 03:04

Voters in Slovakia are selecting a new head of state in a runoff that could give the country its first female president.Zuzana Caputova, an environmental activist, is up against European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in the vote for the largely ceremonial post in the nation of 5.4 million.Caputova won the ...

Upstart liberal vs establishment in Slovak president vote

Europe 03/29/19, 08:52

An upstart liberal candidate is facing a career diplomat and establishment figure in a presidential runoff Saturday that could give Slovakia its first female head of state.Zuzana Caputova, an environmental activist, is up against European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in the vote for the largely ceremonial post in the nation ...

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