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Soros boosts private university’s funding for global move

Nov. 15, 2019 5:29 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Philanthropist George Soros says the private university he founded will receive a major funding boost and link up with other progressive institutions around the world. Speaking Friday in Vienna, the Hungarian-American billionaire said his charitable foundation would commit 750 million euros...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

Syrian suspected of IS killings denies charges in Hungary

Nov. 13, 2019 6:57 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Syrian man on trial in Hungary denied charges Wednesday that he took part in a beheading and other killings in his homeland while a member of the Islamic State group. Prosecutors have charged the 27-year-old identified only as Hassan F. with participating in the beheading of a...

Hungary: Former swim boss denies role in rival's 1998 murder

Nov. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The former head of Hungary's swimming federation on Tuesday denied any role in the 1998 killing of a rival media mogul. Tamas Gyarfas, who is suspected of ordering the death of Janos Fenyo, said at the start of his trial that he had nothing to admit related to the killing and that...

3 new candidates for European Commission clear 1st hurdle

Nov. 12, 2019 9:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three new candidates for the European Commission have cleared a first hurdle in their nomination process after lawmakers scrutinizing possible conflicts of interest gave the go-ahead on Tuesday. The new Commission — the powerful executive arm of the European Union that proposes laws...

Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Nov. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe. Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of...

Hungary expects gas from TurkStream pipeline by late 2021

Nov. 7, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary plans to be able to get natural gas from the TurkStream pipeline by the end of 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday after hosting a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hungary depends greatly on natural gas from Russia. It now arrives through...

Hungarian mayor in orgy video resigns despite re-election

Nov. 6, 2019 5:50 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A prominent Hungarian mayor caught on video taking part in an orgy says he is resigning despite being re-elected last month. Zsolt Borkai, a former Olympic champion gymnast and mayor of the western city of Gyor since 2006, said Wednesday that he is resigning effective Friday, to...

Timeline of events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall

Nov. 6, 2019 3:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A glance at events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and Germany's subsequent reunification. Jan. 19, 1989: East German leader Erich Honecker says the Berlin Wall "will still exist in 50 and even in 100 years, if the reasons for it are not overcome." Feb. 5:...

Hungary says Huawei to help build its 5G wireless network

Nov. 5, 2019 9:15 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei will take part in the construction of Hungary's next-generation 5G wireless network despite concerns among key allies like the U.S. about potential snooping by Beijing. Speaking at China's International Import Expo in Shanghai, Hungarian Foreign Minister...