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Ledecky heads pro swim league set to debut in US, Europe

Apr. 9, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new professional league for elite swimmers will debut this year with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed gender format with the athletes being paid. Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky will compete for one of the International Swimming League's eight teams — four...

Hungary to soon choose builder for China-paid railway line

Apr. 9, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's finance minister says it may choose by the end of April the winning consortium for the reconstruction of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line, which is being financed by China. Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said Tuesday after talks in Beijing with China's Exim Bank, which...

Syrian man suspected of IS beheadings held in Hungary

Mar. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Syrian man suspected of having taken part in beheadings carried out by the Islamic State in Homs has been taken into custody and questioned by authorities in Hungary. The 27-year-old, whose name wasn't released, has refugee status in Greece. He was initially apprehended in...

EU's center-right EPP bloc suspends Hungary PM Orban's party

Mar. 20, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The main center-right alliance in the European Union's parliament refrained from expelling Hungary's ruling party Wednesday, opting instead to suspend Fidesz following a long dispute over its values and policies. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban sought to put on a brave face after his...

Hungary's Orban to attend meeting on party's possible ouster

Mar. 19, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be traveling to Brussels to attend a meeting of the main center-right alliance in the European Parliament, set to discuss the expulsion or suspension of Orban's Fidesz party from the group. Thirteen of the European People's Party's 49...

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

Mar. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 11:45 a.m. New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques. The Government...

Hungarian leader tussles with EU as corruption concerns rise

Mar. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered more than 470,000 signatures to pressure...

Hungarian PM Orban apologizes for insulting EU allies

Mar. 14, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary's prime minister has apologized for calling some of his allies in the European Parliament "useful idiots," but continues to face demands that he and his right-wing Fidesz party be expelled from the political group. Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent apologetic letters to the leaders...

EU party leader says problems not solved after Orban meeting

Mar. 12, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leader of the main center-right group in the European Parliament met Tuesday with Hungary's prime minister, but said the talks had not resolved the issues that could lead to the expulsion of Hungary's Fidesz party from the bloc. Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's...

Hungary's Orban to host EU group leader over possible ouster

Mar. 11, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister will host the leader of the main center-right faction in the European Parliament to discuss the Hungarian ruling party's possible ouster from the group. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office said Monday that the meeting with Manfred Weber will take place...