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Pope OKs miracle needed for Briton's sainthood

Feb. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican convert, a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, beatified Newman during a visit to Britain in 2010. In the Catholic church's saint-making...

Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research

Feb. 12, 2019 3:50 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom. Several thousand people formed a human chain around the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, urging the academy's...

US warns Hungary, other allies to shun business with Huawei

Feb. 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States may be forced to scale back certain operations in Europe and elsewhere if countries continue to do business with the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday in a new warning that underscores U.S. concerns about the...

Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption

Feb. 10, 2019 1:34 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and...

China, Russia concerns top Pompeo agenda in Central Europe

Feb. 10, 2019 12:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's agenda as he heads to the region this week, Trump administration officials say. Pompeo leaves Sunday on a five-nation tour of Europe that will begin in Hungary and Slovakia...

'Rambo,' 'Total Recall' producer Andy Vajna dies at 74

Jan. 20, 2019 2:01 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Andy Vajna, a Hungarian-American film producer who worked on several "Rambo" movies with Sylvester Stallone, "Total Recall" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna's "Evita," has died. He was 74. Vajna, who produced many other films, died Sunday at his Budapest home after a long...

Olympic water polo champion Antal Bolvari dies at 86

Jan. 8, 2019 11:05 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Antal Bolvari, a two-time Olympic water polo champion who scored a goal in Hungary's famous 4-0 win over the Soviet Union in the "Blood in the Water" match at the 1956 Melbourne Games, has died. He was 86. Bolvari, who won gold at both the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, died Tuesday in...

Hungary: Unions call for strike, protests over labor law

Jan. 5, 2019 2:57 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Union leaders in Hungary called on Saturday for a national strike and protests on Jan. 19 to oppose labor code changes they see as a "slave law" harmful to workers. A crowd of at least 10,000 people gathered outside the Hungarian parliament building to protest a law approved in...