• A Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 photo from files showing the Eiffel Tower-shaped logo for the Paris 2024 bid being unveiled on The Arc of Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris. The head of France's Olympic committee said Wednesday, April 27, 2016, that hosting a successful European Championship in June and July would provide further proof that the country could stage the games safely in 2024. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    Passing security test at Euro 2016 will help 2024 Paris bid

    PARIS (AP) — Hosting a successful European Championship for soccer fans in June and July would provide further proof that France could stage a safe Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, French Olympic Committee president Denis Masseglia said Wednesday.

  • Luka Maksimovic poses as a sleazy, bejeweled politician in a white suit, speaks with people at the green market in the town of Mladenovac, outside Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  Maksimovic started the campaign with his a friends as a joke but now they have been elected to local government office after placing second in the local election.  “This is a satire, a show, but it turned out that people responded to it,” Maksimovic said. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Mock group becomes surprise election success in Serbian town

    MLADENOVAC, Serbia (AP) — A young man poses as a sleazy, bejeweled politician in a white suit, sitting atop a white horse surrounded by hordes of bodyguards while promising jobs and prosperity to the voters.

  • Russia’s athletics return could be at European Championships

    GENEVA (AP) — If reinstated in June, Russia could still compete at the European track championships in July, the head of European Athletics said Wednesday after meeting senior officials in Moscow.

  • 2nd-seeded Safarova reaches quarterfinals at Prague Open

    PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Lucie Safarova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Prague Open on Wednesday after Lucie Hradecka retired with an injury while trailing 6-4, 2-0.

  • Olympic skating scandal official in 4-man race to lead ISU

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A French official who was suspended in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic figure skating judging scandal is running in the International Skating Union’s presidential election.

  • Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, April 27, the 118th day of 2016. There are 248 days left in the year.

  • Safarova, Pliskova advance at Prague Open

    PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Lucie Safarova rallied to advance to the second round of the Prague Open on Tuesday, beating Mariana Duque-Marino 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

  • Usain Bolt to run 100m again at Golden Spike in May

    PRAGUE (AP) — Usain Bolt will run the 100 meters at the Golden Spike in the Czech city of Ostrava on May 20.

  • Russian driver Sirotkin joins Renault F1 team as test driver

    PARIS (AP) — Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Renault Formula One team as a test driver and will participate in practice at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.

  • Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko lays flowers at a monument to the victims of the Chernobyl tragedy outside the nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the world’s worst nuclear accident. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukraine marks 30 years since 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with solemn words and an angry protest, some of the men who were sent to the site in the first chaotic and frightening days were gripped by painful memories.