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UN expert critical of Hungary's treatment of asylum-seekers

Jul. 17, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary should not allow security concerns to override the human rights of migrants, a U.N. migration expert said Wednesday. Felipe Gonzalez Morales, the U.N. special rapporteur on migrant rights, said that Hungarian authorities should move families with children who are awaiting a...

Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leader

Jul. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country's greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation. He has persevered through scandals, crises and conflicts, winning election...

Hungary's president OKs govt takeover of research

Jul. 12, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president has signed a bill paving the way for the government to take control of academic research, a move that researchers see as a threat to scholarly freedom. President Janos Ader gave his approval Friday to the law, which strips the Academy of Sciences, a partially...

EU chief struggles to sell job winners to hostile lawmakers

Jul. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the bloc's leaders hand-picked the candidates in a series of shady backroom deals. Two days after one of the...

Deals made at secretive EU summit deliver top job nominees

Jul. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the end, the European Union's top jobs jamboree had a familiar old-time ring to it. Instead of embracing a transparent future, leaders of the 28 EU nations repeated the past as they retreated behind closed doors to divvy up a half-dozen jobs for politicians who will be the public faces...

Hungarian court rejects extradition of Macedonia ex-leader

Jun. 27, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Budapest court on Thursday rejected an extradition request from North Macedonia for its former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski. Gruevski fled in November to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption and was later granted asylum by Hungary. North Macedonia is seeking Gruevski's...

Human traffickers get life in Hungary over 71 deaths

Jun. 20, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has extended the prison sentences of four human traffickers convicted last year for their roles in a 2015 incident in which 71 migrants suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck found on a highway in Austria. According to Thursday's decision by an appeals...

Hungary's Orban hosts Polish, Czech and Slovak leaders

Jun. 13, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says Prime Minister Viktor Orban is hosting a meeting with his counterparts from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to discuss the European Union, which will choose new leaders in coming weeks. Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny reported that the meeting...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

Hungary opposition gets 680,000 backers for anti-graft plan

Jun. 5, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian politician says 680,000 people have signed an appeal pressuring the government into joining a fledgling European anti-corruption body. Independent lawmaker Akos Hadhazy said Wednesday that joining the European Public Prosecutor's Office would help boost efforts to stop...