Posts Tagged Eastern Europe

Pekovic to miss at least next 3 games with injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss at least the next three games because of a sprained right wrist.

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Rocky love: Letters by great women are auctioned

GO WITH STORY GREAT WOMEN'S LETTERS BY THOMAS ADAMSON-- Auction expert Thierry Bodin, displays a letter from Catherine of Aragon, 1487-1536, at a auction house in Paris, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.  The letter from Catherine of Aragon asking a catholic official to block Henry VIII’s bid to annul their marriage so he could marry again, is to be auctioned in a two day auction beginning Tuesday Nov. 17, 2014, in Paris on Tuesday, part of an incredible collection of letters written by women throughout history, said to be the first of its kind in the world. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — An unprecedented collection of 1,500 documents from some of history’s greatest women is being auctioned in Paris, including everything from Catherine the Great’s imperious letter shunning her lover, to Brigitte Bardot’s plea to cancel the release of a song that ended up being banned in several countries owing to its sexual content.

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Russia race walking chief banned over doping

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia’s race walking center was banned for four years on Tuesday following an investigation into claims of systematic doping.

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UEFA charges Croatia, Italy over match disorder

Flares are launched by Croatia supporters during the Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match between Italy and Croatia, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The match was temporarily suspended following the launch of flares and clashes with Italian riot police on the stands.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Croatia is facing UEFA sanctions for another case of racist behavior by fans in a European Championship match against Italy.

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Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

This photo from Nov. 5, 2014, shows a monument dedicated to the 19th century composer Frederic Chopin in a park in Warsaw, Poland.  In 1849 Chopin's dying wish was that his heart should be removed and entombed in his native Poland and following many twists in the tale Chopin’s heart has remained at rest at Holy Cross Church in Warsaw until April 2014, when it was taken out so that officials could determine its condition. Amid huge secrecy the inspection happened over night, photographs were taken and hot wax was added to the jar’s seal to prevent evaporation of the preserving alcohol before the relic was replaced. Officials have now announced plans for another inspection, 50 years from now, a reflection of the mystique the relic-like object holds over Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France.

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