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This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, right, and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, left, pose for the media before their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 27, 2020. (Kim Myung-won/Newsis via AP)

S. Korean, Hungarian FMs discuss cooperation amid pandemic

Jul. 27, 2020 4:54 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The foreign ministers of South Korea and Hungary met in Seoul on Monday to discuss maintaining bilateral cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said. During their meeting, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha thanked Hungary for its decision...

Demonstrators protesting against the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian news website march in the streets of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 24, 2020.Dozens of journalists are resigning from Hungary's main news site because of the firing earlier this week of their editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members said Friday were leaving because the dismissal of Szabolcs Dull endangers the website's professional independence and its future. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

Dozens resign at Hungary's main news site after editor fired

Jul. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of journalists, including top editors, resigned Friday from Hungary’s main news site because of the firing earlier this week of’s editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members, the vast majority of the newsroom, said they were leaving the...

FILE- In this Friday, May 15, 2020, file photo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban listens to a question during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia. Hungary's prime minister says that his country won a “very important battle” at the European Union summit this week, where national leaders of the 27-member bloc decided an seven-year budget and economic recovery package to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Hungarian PM claims EU win but rule-of-law dispute not over

Jul. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister on Friday touted what he called his victory at the European Union summit, where the bloc's leaders decided on a massive seven-year budget and coronavirus recovery plan, but acknowledged he did not achieve his goal of de-linking EU funds from rule of...

Chief editor of Hungary's main independent news site fired

Jul. 22, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The editor-in-chief of Hungary’s largest independent news site,, was fired Wednesday, a move seen as further risking the publication's independence and journalistic integrity. Last month, Index moved its “ independence barometer ” to “in...

French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 20, 2020. Weary European Union leaders are expressing cautious optimism that a deal is in sight on their fourth day of wrangling over an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU nations clinch $2.1T budget, virus aid deal after 4 days

Jul. 21, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented 1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest...

from left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen meet on the sidelines of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations meet face-to-face for a third day of an EU summit to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years estimated at some 1.75 trillion to 1.85 trillion euros. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts, Pool Photo via AP)

EU summit breaks up after all-night talks, to resume later

Jul. 20, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weary and bleary European Union leaders temporarily broke up their summit at dawn on the fourth day of acrimonious haggling over an unprecedented 1.85 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund to tackle the crisis. They committed to pick up the fight again later...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, July 17, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations meet face-to-face on Friday for the first time since February, despite the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic, to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years estimated at some 1.75 trillion to 1.85 trillion euros. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU leaders far from deal on budget and virus recovery fund

Jul. 17, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders headed into Saturday, the scheduled final day of their summit, about as far apart from reaching a deal on an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund as the seating distance imposed upon them for health reasons. The...

Hungary lawmakers back Orban's position on EU recovery plan

Jul. 14, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian lawmakers passed a resolution Tuesday calling on Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s populist government to ensure that the European Union’s economic stimulus plan meets certain conditions, including the fair distribution of funds among richer and poorer countries...

Hungarian municipalities allowed to limit short-term rentals

Jul. 14, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament approved legislation on Tuesday giving the country’s municipalities the right to set limits on short-term housing rentals in their jurisdictions. The amendments were approved in a near-unanimous vote and say local authorities will be allowed, but...