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Tour boat captain not to blame in deadly Danube crash

Oct. 15, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Experts have concluded that the captain of a sightseeing boat that collided on the Danube River with a much larger cruise ship was not responsible for the deadly crash that killed 28 people, including himself, Hungarian police said Tuesday. The small Hableany (Mermaid) tour boat...

Orban's party suffers major losses in Hungary's local votes

Oct. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Prime Minister Viktor Orban's dominant right-wing Fidesz party suffered large losses in Sunday's local elections in Hungary. Opposition candidates won the mayoral race in Budapest, the capital, and were also projected to win in 10 of the country's 23 largest cities. In 2014, the...

The Latest: Hungary opposition parties win big in Budapest

Oct. 13, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Hungary (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The candidate backed by several opposition parties has been elected mayor of Budapest, defeating the incumbent supported by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party. With 74% of the votes counted in Budapest,...

Sex tapes, scandals in Hungary's local election campaign

Oct. 11, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The campaign in Hungary for Sunday's nationwide municipal elections has seen one outrageous event after another: Candidates have been caught on secret sex tapes or alleged to be using drugs; one opposition candidate's poster has been smeared with feces and a pro-government activist...

Finnish PM: EU members agree on budget link to rule of law

Sep. 29, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc's financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw. Antti...

Hungarian writer and dissident Gyorgy Konrad dies at 86

Sep. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, died Friday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill, but gave no specifics. Known internationally...

Hungary's Orban points to EU 'enlargement fatigue'

Sep. 13, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that Western countries in the European Union are suffering from "enlargement fatigue" and using newer members as a scapegoat for their problems. "Those in the West are exhausted from enlargement," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio,...

Hungarian architect, dissident Laszlo Rajk dies at 70

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Laszlo Rajk, a Hungarian architect, dissident and film and theater production designer, has died. He was 70. Rajk died Wednesday from an undisclosed illness, according to online architecture publication epiteszforum.hu. Rajk shared the name Laszlo with his father, a communist...

Syrian man suspected of IS beheading charged in Hungary

Sep. 3, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian prosecutors say they have charged a Syrian man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group with committing acts of terror, murder and crimes against humanity in his homeland in May 2015. Prosecutors said Tuesday that the 27-year old man identified only as Hassan F....

Hungary: Court extends arrest of river cruise ship captain

Aug. 30, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has extended until Sept. 30 the pre-trial arrest of the captain of a river cruise ship involved in a deadly May crash with a much smaller tour boat on the Danube River in Budapest. Twenty-six South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members aboard the Hableany...