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The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

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...

Hungarian PM Orban launches campaign with anti-migrant plan

Apr. 5, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister on Friday launched his party's campaign for the European Parliamentary elections in May by presenting a seven-point plan against immigration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for migration to be controlled by national governments, not European Union...

Slovenia dismisses Hungary embassy protest of Orban cartoon

Apr. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed a Hungarian embassy protest over a magazine cover cartoon that showed Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban giving a Nazi salute. The ministry said it "consistently respects the principle of freedom of the press and expression 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...

The Latest: EU Parliament bloc suspends Hungary's Fidesz

Mar. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between the European Parliament's center-right EPP alliance and its Hungary's Fidesz party (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Manfred Weber, leader of center-right EPP alliance in European Parliament, says Viktor Orban's Fidesz party has been suspended from the...

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...

Hungarian opposition lawmakers fined for parliament protest

Mar. 19, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of Hungarian opposition lawmakers have been fined up to a month's wages for their loud disruptions and protests inside parliament in December, as deputies were voting on changes to the labor code. Trade unions and opponents have criticized the bill approved by...

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...