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Verstappen takes 1st career pole position at Hungarian GP

Aug. 3, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After his brilliant win at the rain-soaked German Grand Prix last weekend, Max Verstappen had a near-perfect lap at the Hungarian GP to take the first pole position of his Formula One career on Saturday. The Red Bull driver set a track record with 1 minute, 14.958 seconds and then...

Conjoined Bangladeshi twins separated by Hungarian doctors

Aug. 2, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Two Bangladeshi girls who were born conjoined at the head have been successfully separated by a medical team led by 35 Hungarian doctors. The 3-year-old sisters, Rabeya and Rukaya, were in a stable condition after the 30-hour procedure ended Friday at a military hospital in Dhaka,...

Ship captain in deadly Danube crash put under arrest again

Jul. 31, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The cruise ship captain suspected of responsibility in a deadly collision on the Danube River in Hungary is under arrest again. A Budapest court on Wednesday ordered his arrest until Aug. 31. The 64-year-old Ukrainian captain had been released on bail on June 13, but prosecutors...

Hungarian swim federation ex-chief indicted in 1998 murder

Jul. 30, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A murder indictment was filed against the former head of Hungary's swimming federation for allegedly ordering the 1998 killing of a rival media mogul, prosecutors said Tuesday. Tamas Gyarfas decided to have Janos Fenyo killed over business disputes and personal conflicts, Budapest...

Hungary: Captain in Danube boat crash back in police custody

Jul. 29, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Ukrainian captain of a cruise ship involved in a crash on the Danube River that killed 28 people was back in police custody on Monday, now also suspected of failing to provide assistance after the tragedy. A statement late Monday afternoon from Budapest police said that the...

Hungary to hold nationwide municipal elections on Oct. 13

Jul. 26, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president says municipal elections will be held nationwide on Oct. 13. President Janos Ader urged citizens on Friday to vote in Hungary's eighth elections for mayors and council members since the country's return to democracy in 1990. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz...

Memorial event held on Danube River for crew of sunken boat

Jul. 12, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — More than a dozen vessels took part Friday in a memorial ceremony for the two-man Hungarian crew killed in a collision when a tour boat with South Korean tourists sank after colliding with a cruise ship on the Danube River. During the solemn commemoration, an urn with the ashes of...

China warns US 'not to play with fire' regarding Taiwan

Jul. 12, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's foreign minister said Friday. Wang Yi also said during a visit to Hungary that his country is concerned about...

Pride celebrations in Europe mark 50 years since Stonewall

Jul. 6, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — European cities celebrated LGBTQ pride on Saturday with colorful parades that also became platforms for political demands and a push back against far-right populist parties. This year's events in London, Madrid and Budapest mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York...

Hungary: Death toll in Danube River boat crash rises to 27

Jul. 6, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say a South Korean woman recovered from the Danube River has been identified as the 27th fatality of the May 29 crash between a tour boat and a cruise ship. Police said Saturday that the body was found at the village of Makad, 58 kilometers (36 miles) downstream...