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European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

Aug. 12, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water...

AP PHOTOS: Struggling to stay cool in Budapest heat wave

Aug. 11, 2022 05:39 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Inflatable swimming pools are the new must-have item around Budapest as residents of Hungary’s sprawling capital struggle to stay cool amid one of the most oppressively hot summers in the country’s history. The pools have been popping up everywhere —...

Embrace for Hungary's Orban deepens among US conservatives

Jul. 25, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

When heads of state visit the U.S., the top item on their itinerary is usually a White House visit. For Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban next month, it will be addressing a conference of conservative activists in Dallas. Orban's appearance at the Conservative Political Action...

Hungarian lawmakers propose curbing power of EU Parliament

Jul. 19, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers in Hungary passed a resolution Tuesday that calls for curbing the power of the European Union's parliament, arguing that it has steered democracy in Europe into a “dead end.” The resolution, adopted by members of Hungary's governing Fidesz...

Hungary: Anti-government protest blocks bridge over tax law

Jul. 18, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators in Hungary blocked one of the capital's main thoroughfares during morning rush-hour traffic Monday, the latest in a series of protests against recent changes to the country's tax code that have carried on for nearly a week. ...

EU takes Hungary to highest court over LGBT, media rules

Jul. 15, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive intensified its legal standoff with Hungary on Friday by taking the country to the EU's highest court over a restrictive law on LGBT issues and media freedom. The EU had already tried for a year to make Hungary change a law that bans...

Hungarian workers block roads to protest new tax law

Jul. 13, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Protesters in Hungary's capital blocked main traffic arteries for the second day in a row Wednesday in opposition to a tax overhaul pushed through this week by the country's right-wing governing party. Several thousand demonstrators, many of them...

Hungary declares 'energy emergency' over threat of shortages

Jul. 13, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s government has declared an “energy emergency” in response to supply disruptions and skyrocketing energy prices in Europe, an official said Wednesday. There is “unlikely to be enough gas in Europe for the autumn and winter heating...

Hungarian nationalist PM Orban to deliver speech at CPAC

Jul. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's nationalist prime minister will speak at a conference of prominent U.S. conservatives this summer, the latest sign of tightening relations between Hungarian and American conservatives. The press chief for Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Monday...

4 injured as apartment building roof collapses in Budapest

Jun. 27, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The roof and part of the front of an apartment building in the Hungarian capital collapsed Monday, injuring four pedestrians and flattening a number of parked cars. Budapest police said in a statement that the search of the rubble and the building itself...