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EU parliament votes to stop Hungary's 'threat' to democracy

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto wastes little time in slamming the vote as 'nothing less than the petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians'

THE HUNGARY VOTE. Member of European Parliament Judith Sargentini (C) votes on the situation in Hungary during a voting session at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

PH drops last 3x3 World Cup match vs Hungary

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine national women's basketball team ends up winless in its 3x3 debut

STRONG FINISH. Perlas Pilipinas ends their campaign in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Hungarians vote in keenly-watched poll

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has clashed with European Union institutions, is seeking a 3rd straight term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and his wife Aniko Levai(R) vote at a polling station located ina school in Budapest on April 8, 2018. Hungary votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday that will decide whether nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term. / AFP PHOTO / Attila KISBENEDEK

U.S. swimmer Ledecky wins historic 12th worlds gold as records tumble

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Katie Ledecky proves she is peerless in the women s 1500m freestyle as she wins the final by a massive 19 07 seconds ahead of her nearest rival Mireia Belmonte

GOLD MEDALIST. US Katie Ledecky reacts after competing in the women's 1500m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 25, 2017. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Rise in populism risks worsening corruption – watchdog

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Transparency International: In countries with populist or autocratic leaders we often see democracies in decline and a disturbing pattern of attempts to crack down on civil society limit press freedom and weaken the independence of the judiciary

A woman holds a placard reading 'Justice not Corruption' during a protest against the corruption and the government in Bucharest January 22, 2017. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Hungary in mourning after horror bus crash

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Stunned mourners offer flowers candles and messages for the 16 people killed in the accident

Candles and flowers are placed at the Szinyei Merse Pal High-school in Budapest on January 21, 2017, to commemorate the victims of a bus accident in Italy. At least 16 people died when a coach bringing Hungarian teenagers home from a skiing trip crashed and burst into flames on a northern Italian motorway overnight, authorities said on January 21. Emergency workers said that the bus carrying 56 people returning from France, most of them teenagers aged 14-16, as well as several teachers and two drivers, ploughed into a bridge pillar. / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

Hungarian school coach crashes in Italy, 16 dead

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:24 PM

Emergency workers say the bus carried 56 people most of them teenagers returning from a skiing trip in France

CRASH. A handout photo provided by Italy's institutional agency for fire and rescue service Vigili del Fuoco on January 21, 2017 shows a firefighter extinguishing flames in the wreckage of a bus following a crash on the A4 motorway near the Verona East exit, northern Italy. Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP

Putin to visit Hungary February 2 – Budapest

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban s chief of staff Janos Lazar tells reporters Orban and Putin will discuss current socio political and economic questions in an important but not exceptional meeting

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky / AFP

Asahi says paying $7.7B for AB InBev's eastern European business

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The takeover – also the largest by a Japanese beer company – includes popular Czech beer Pilsner Urquell and other businesses in Hungary Poland Romania and Slovakia

In this photo illustration, bottles of Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republica are seen on December 13, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hungary offers Ukrainians free long-stay visas

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:50 PM

After the 3 hard years that Ukraine has gone through in the name of European values the EU has a moral obligation to grant visa free access to Ukraine Viktor Orban says after meeting Ukraine s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

HUNGARY'S ORBAN. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a press confrence with Ukrainian Prime Minister after therr meeting in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest on November 24, 2016. Photo by Ferenc Isza/ AFP

Samsung to build electric car battery plant in Hungary

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The company said it will invest 100 billion forints 325 million euros in the construction of the plant in the small town of God 25 kilometers 15 miles north of the capital Budapest

SAMSUNG EV BATTERIES. The Samsung logo is displayed on a screen at the Hammerstein Ballroom, August 2, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Migrants injured in mass brawl at Hungary refugee camp

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:26 PM

A group of around 20 asylum seekers triggers the violence when they exchanged blows before attacking each other using furniture

HUNGARY MIGRANTS. Migrants among their tents on the Serbian side of the Hungarian-Serbian border near Horgos, Serbia, July 16, 2016. Photo by Edvard Mohar/EPA

In EU first, Uber suspends Hungary service

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The suspension comes as Hungary prepares to enforce a law that allows authorities to block a provider of taxi services operating without a proper dispatch center

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows global ride-sharing app Uber's local boss, Zoltan Fekete, talking in front of boxes with 17,000 signed petitions for the Hungarian government, during a press conference in Budapest.  Troubled US ride-hailing service Uber announced on July 13, 2016 its first suspension in an EU country, saying it will halt operations in Hungary on July 24 because of new legislation making it "impossible" to operate. Fekete, the company's head in Hungary, told AFP on July 13, that the new legislation "punishes innovation, is disadvantageous to both competition and consumers, and provides no advantage to the state".  / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

Euro 2016: Ronaldo denied as Iceland, Hungary make history

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:29 PM

Iceland s defense frustrates Portugal s Cristiano Ronaldo while Hungary shocks well fancied Austria for its first win at a major international tournament in 30 years

DENIED. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts after the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016. Photo by MIGUEL A.LOPES/EPA

Hungary gives doctors pay raise to stop exodus

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The move aims to prevent health professionals from leaving for Western Europe where they can earn much higher salaries

Members, sympathizers, nurses and doctors march with a banner reading 'We want a fair salary here at home' on May 12, 2015 across Budapest during an anti-government demonstration to protest against the medical-care policy of the Hungarian government. Thousands of the health care workers left Hungary in last years, trustingly for a better life and working condition in Europe and in the States. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

PH team confident ahead of FIBA 3X3 U18 World Championship

May 31, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Excluding Spain each opponent in the Philippines’ pool is ranked higher by FIBA and with the team consisting of mostly wing players height disadvantage will be an issue

Migrant pressure returns to Hungary-Serbia border

Feb 22, 2016 - 6:42 PM

This month around 1 500 migrants have tried to cross into Hungary so far say police

epa05151245 Detained migrants who arrived via Serbia sit near the border village of Roszke, Hungary, 09 February 2016. A group of 24 migrants from Pakistan, India and Nepal were detained by police after they entered Hungarian territory damaging the border protecting fence. EPA/ZOLTAN GERGELY KELEMEN HUNGARY OUT

Olympics: Four cities open campaign to host 2024 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016 - 11:28 AM

Paris Rome Los Angeles and Budapest are vying to host the 2024 Olympics

CANDIDATE CITIES. (L-R) Paris' Eiffel Tower; Rome's Colosseum; the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles; and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest. Images courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Austria wants Hungary to take over refugee truck deaths probe

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:39 AM

The badly decomposing bodies of the 59 men eight women and four children were found on August 27 inside an abandoned refrigerator truck

Croatia, Serbia calm migrant border tensions after EU wades in

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Over the past week the two neighbors have been locked in their worst spat since the 1990s Yugoslavian conflict imposing tit for tat border restrictions over the human exodus seeking passage through the Balkans to northern Europe

SHARED BORDER. Refugees wait to enter Croatia at the Serbia-Croatia border town of Berkasovo, Serbia, September 25, 2015. Photo by Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia, Serbia trade insults as Hungary builds new migrant barrier

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Hungarian police says 10 046 migrants – a new daily record – arrived on September 23 from Croatia

'KEEP REFUGEES OUT.' Hungarian soldiers install razor wire fence at the border between Hungary and Slovenia near Tornyiszentmiklos, 245 km southwest of Budapest, Hungary, September 24, 2015. Photo by Gyorgy Varga/EPA

#PugadBaboy: Pityful punchline 2

Sep 24, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Hungary places ads in Lebanese press warning off migrants

Sep 21, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Lebanon hosts more than 1 1 million of the 4 million Syrians who have fled their homeland since 2011 some of whom are now heading to Europe as the continent faces its biggest migration crisis since World War II

A Syrian man looks at an advertisement published in Arabic in "L'Orient le jour" French language daily newspaper by Hungary's government to warn would-be migrants on September 21, 2015. Hungary's government has placed advertisements in at least three Lebanese newspapers warning that it would take "the strongest possible action" against those attempting to cross its borders illegally. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

Despite heated rhetoric, Croatia and Hungary cooperate on migrants

Sep 20, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Authorities on both sides appear to have cast aside the rhetoric and exhibited high levels of cooperation and coordination

Slovenia border stand-off as Croatia buses migrants into Hungary

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Riot police use tear gas to stop several hundred migrants – some with children – pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border after a tense stand off of more than an hour

Hungary begins razor-wire barrier on Croatia border – PM

Sep 18, 2015 - 4:00 PM

There will be no sandhill or molehill to hide behind we will defend our borders says Prime Minister Viktor Orban

EU summons leaders for refugee crisis summit next Wednesday

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

President Tusk would like to focus on other immediate issues that need tackling urgently if we want to get the situation under control including in our neighborhood

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this file photo European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for an EU Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2015. File photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Migrants inundate new EU crisis hotspot Croatia

Sep 18, 2015 - 3:50 AM

2nd UPDATE Croatia says it will let people pass through freely on their way to other EU countries – but Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic warns his country s resources for dealing with the influx are limited

RUSH TO FREEDOM. Men, women and children break a police cordon to rushing towards waiting buses at the train station in the city of Tovarnik, close to the Croatian-Serbian border, on September 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Migrants head for Croatia to avoid Hungarian fence

Sep 16, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Human rights group Amnesty International charges that meeting those fleeing conflict and persecution with razor wire troops and draconian new laws Hungary is showing the ugly face of Europe s shambolic response to the growing refugee crisis

SERBIA BORDER. Migrants walk close to the barb-wired border fence at the closed railway crossing between Serbia and Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, September 15, 2015. Photo by KOCA SULEJMANOVIC/EPA

Indonesia expects power projects from GE

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:26 AM

With Ex Im bank shut GE is expected to move 500 jobs overseas

EXPORT. GE plans power projects in a number of international markets, including Indonesia.

Hungary seals border to refugees as Germany slams 'disgraceful' EU

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Hungary effectively seals its border with Serbia to stem the massive influx of refugees as Germany slams the disgraceful refusal of other EU countries to accept more migrants after 22 died in yet another shipwreck

LOCKED OUT. A group of migrants and refugees wait for police formalities after being stopped for crossing illegally close to the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, on September 15, 2015, as a new border protection law is put into place. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek / Agence France-Presse

Hungarian police close main entry point for migrants

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:38 PM

A growing group of several dozen migrants including many children some in pushchairs are stuck on the Serbian side of the border with several women crying

Some migrant people cross through a hole in a barbed-wire fence an they run into the forest at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, on September 10, 2015. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/ AFP

Hungary rushes to complete anti-migrant barrier

Sep 13, 2015 - 10:27 AM

The four meter high barrier being built along Hungary s 175 kilometer 110 mile border with Serbia is aimed at stopping the several thousand migrants who enter Hungary

Some migrant people cross through a hole in a barbed-wire fence an they run into the forest at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, on September 10, 2015. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/ AFP

Pro-migrant rallies in Europe as Hungary says EU 'dreaming'

Sep 12, 2015 - 10:23 PM

Several counter demonstrations are also scheduled in eastern members of the bloc highlighting how the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants is dividing the EU

SOLIDARITY. Protesters march during a silent rally in support of migrants and refugees in The Hague on September 12, 2015. Bart Maat/ANP/AFP

Austrian leader compares Hungary migrant treatment to Nazi era

Sep 12, 2015 - 6:18 PM

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann says the treatment of refugees by Hungary brings back memories of the darkest period of our continent

Eastern European countries reject migrant quotas

Sep 11, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED The UN s refugee agency welcomes the EU plan to distribute refugees but says more is needed to relieve pressure on frontline states

REFUGEES FLEE CONFLICT. Migrants, mainly from Syria and Iraq, seen walking at the E45 freeway near Kliplev, Denmark, September 9, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Nolte/EPA

Video shows refugees fed 'like animals in pen' in Hungary camp

Sep 11, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Women and children were caught in the chaotic scrum as hungry people frantically tried to catch the bread flying through the air

'LIKE ANIMALS.' A video shot by an Austrian volunteer shows some 150 people wildly scrambling for bags of sandwiches thrown at them by Hungarian police wearing helmets and hygiene masks in a fenced-in enclosure inside a big hall. Screenshot from YouTube

EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors

Migrants breach Hungary police lines as army prepares for action

Sep 10, 2015 - 6:13 AM

The break out involving at least 400 migrants takes place near the flashpoint town of Roszke where migrants have to wait at a collection point before being taken to a nearby center for registration

CROSSING FIELD. Migrants walk from the border line near Roszke village on the Hungarian-Serbian border on September 9, 2015. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Cop who found dead Syrian refugee boy thought of 'own son'

Sep 06, 2015 - 8:18 PM

I have a 6 year old son The moment I saw the baby I thought about my own son and put myself into his father s place

LIFE LOST. A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Dogan News Agency/AFP

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Sep 06, 2015 - 1:03 PM

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Hundreds of migrants on new march in Hungary

Sep 05, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The Austrian government provides buses and trains to take the migrants to Vienna and Salzburg where most intended to change onto other trains to take them to Germany

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Austrian FM says Hungary migrant trek a 'wake up call'

Sep 05, 2015 - 4:16 PM

This has to be an eye opener how messed up the situation in Europe is now Kurz says as he arrives for informal talks with his EU peers dominated by the deepening refugee crisis

NEW DAWN. Migrants wave from a bus as they wake up to a new dawn in East Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary September 5, 2015. They were awaiting departure to take them in the direction of the Austrian border after the Austrian government agreed to receive them. Photo by Boris Rossler/EPA

Migrants stream into Austria from Hungary

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Hungary has become the newest flashpoint as hundreds of thousands of migrants try to cross its borders on their journey to Western Europe

HELPING MIGRANTS. Migrants sit in the railway station in Tatabanya 57 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015, after some 200-300 migrants broke out of the Bicske train station. At Bicske in Hungary, police and interpreters on September 3, urged refugees and migrants to leave a train bound for the western town of Sopron and board 20 waiting buses to a nearby camp, but many were promptly brought back to the station platform. Photo by Balazs Mohai/EPA

Migrants mob train in re-opened Budapest train station

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED A public announcement said however that the train would be going nowhere and that no trains for western Europe would be leaving Keleti station for an indefinite period

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Tensions flare at Hungary station as migrant numbers swell

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The standoff is the latest and largest of several tense encounters between the crowds and police following Hungary s decision to prevent migrants traveling west

REFUGEES. Migrant boy holds a sign reading 'SOS help me' as he sits with other migrants in front of the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest on September 2, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Dead child's photo shows Europe refugees' plight

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Britain s Independent newspaper: If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe s attitude to refugees what will?

LIFE LOST. A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Dogan News Agency/AFP

Migrant crisis threatens Europe's open border policy

Sep 02, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Observers fear the genie is out of the bottle and other countries will restore internal borders to curb the flow of humanity

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP