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FILE - In this April 12, 2017 photo people gather to protest in Heroes Square in Budapest. Hungary's parliament has approved a law regulating civic groups which receive foreign funding. The bill passed Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by the governing parties led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban compels groups getting more than around US $ 26,200 a year from abroad to register the fact with the courts and say in most of their online and printed publications that they are foreign-funded. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP,file)

Hungary rule on NGOs' financing seen in conflict with EU law

Jan. 14, 2020 2:16 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Restrictions imposed by Hungary on the financing of non-governmental organizations from abroad are incompatible with European Union law, according to an opinion issued Tuesday by the bloc's highest court. In 2017, Hungary adopted legislation forcing NGOs receiving foreign funding...

FILE  - In this Nov. 25, 2016 file photo, philosopher Roger Scruton poses with his award after being knighted for services to philosophy, teaching and public education, in London. Scruton, one of Britain’s most prominent conservative thinkers, has died aged 75. Scruton’s family said in a statement that he died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 after a six-month battle with cancer. (John Stillwell/PA via AP, File)

Conservative philosopher Roger Scruton dies at 75

Jan. 13, 2020 11:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Roger Scruton, one of Britain’s most prominent conservative philosophers, has died. He was 75. Scruton’s family said in a statement that he died Sunday after a six-month battle with cancer. A graduate of Cambridge University, S cruton embraced conservative ideas after visiting...

Hungary to keep troops unless Iraq govt decides to end deal

Jan. 9, 2020 6:26 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that his country will keep its troops stationed in Iraq as long as the Mideast country stands by the agreement between the two governments. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that plans were in place...

In this June 14, 2019, photo provided by the United Nations, Andrew Gilmour, assistant secretary-general for human rights, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan at U.N. headquarters. Gilmour says the past decade has seen backlash on human rights on every front, especially on the rights of women and the LGBT communities. (Evan Schneider/United Nations via AP)

UN official: Past decade has seen human rights `backlash'

Dec. 27, 2019 4:29 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour, the outgoing assistant secretary-general for human rights, said the regression of the past...

The mayors of the capitals of the Visegrad Four or V4 countries Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, from left, Zdenek Hrib of Prague, Gergely Karacsony of Budapest, Matus Vallo of Bratislava, and Rafal Trzaskowski of Warsaw pose after they signed the Pact of Free Cities as they announce the establishment of the Alliance of Free Cities of Europe during their meeting in the aditorium of the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

Central Europe mayors against populism sign free cities pact

Dec. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The mayors of four Central European capitals signed a “free cities” pact Monday, pledging to cooperate on issues ranging from environmental protection to urban planning and public transportation. The mayors of Budapest, Hungary; Prague, the Czech Republic; Warsaw,...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands. There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of the human rights set, whose nonviolent struggle against her country's military dictatorship was admired by people around the world and won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Now she is seen by many of her admirers as an apologist for war crimes against its Muslim Rohingya minority. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority? There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of human rights advocates, whose...

A man looks up as police and fire personnel move in to remove climate activists after they climbed the Europa building during a demonstration outside an EU summit meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Greenpeace activists on Thursday scaled the European Union's new headquarters, unfurling a huge banner warning of a climate emergency hours before the bloc's leaders gather for a summit focused on plans to combat global warming.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU leaders break stalemate over climate target, claim deal

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders broke a deadlock early Friday and claimed a deal over a key climate target by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, sidestepping the objections of Poland, one of the blocs biggest economies. Two days after the EU's new commission chief unveiled her “European...

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, escorts Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban prior to their meeting at his office Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Tokyo. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

Hungary OKs 'muzzle law,' boosts lawmaker fines, sanctions

Dec. 10, 2019 2:10 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's right-wing governing parties on Tuesday approved legislation greatly increasing fines and sanctions on lawmakers who disrupt parliamentary activities. The rules, dubbed a “muzzle law” by the opposition, were approved principally by Prime Minister Viktor...

Austria nixes mounted police plan, seeks new home for horses

Nov. 28, 2019 8:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s interim government has cancelled an ex-minister’s project to create a mounted police squad and is now figuring out what to do with the horses. The mounted police force in Vienna was a project pushed by Herbert Kickl, a member of the far-right Freedom Party, who was...

Outgoing President of the European Council and new President of the European People's Party Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference during the European Peoples Party (EPP) congress in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Nov. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early next year. Donald...