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Idea for 'Scaring Off' Migrants: Pig Heads on Border Fence

Hungarian member of the European Parliament stirs controversy

(Newser) - A Hungarian member of the European Parliament stirred controversy Monday by suggesting that displaying pig heads on a border fence would be an efficient way to scare Muslim migrants from entering the EU-member country, the AP reports. Gyorgy Schopflin, a member of ruling Hungarian Fidesz party, made that suggestion in... More »

Gravediggers Compete Judged on Speed—and Style

But more people be attracted to the job?

(Newser) - Digging their way to the top, 18 two-man teams of Hungarian gravediggers displayed their skills Friday for a place in a regional championship to be held in Slovakia later this year, the AP reports. Participants in the contest, held in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen, were being judged on... More »

Historian: Tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent Found

Suleiman the Magnificent died during 1566 siege

(Newser) - The remains of the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent, who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in southern Hungary, have "in all likelihood" been found, a Hungarian historian says. Norbert Pap says the tomb is believed to have been built over the spot... More »

Camerawoman Who Tripped Refugee: I'll Sue Him

And Facebook, too, after her criminal trial

(Newser) - If you don't remember Petra Laszlo by name, you probably remember the viral footage of her tripping a Syrian refugee carrying his young son in his arms. Well, you're about to hear Laszlo's name a lot more. Once her criminal trial for breaching the peace wraps up,... More »

Migrants' New Peril: Winter Is Coming

Border closings in Balkans will only make the situation worse

(Newser) - Governments across the Balkans are scrambling to locate empty buildings, while aid workers are boosting their stashes of coats, blankets, and tents in anticipation of a backlog of migrants who may soon be facing a treacherous winter as they work their way toward friendly Western European countries, the New York ... More »

Facing Fences, Tear Gas, Migrants Forced to Improvise

Hungary's cracking down, so other countries are scrambling to help

(Newser) - More than 500 migrants have been detained for illegally entering Hungary or breaching a border fence, with nearly 50 criminal cases on the books since new laws took effect yesterday, the New York Times reports, while the BBC notes that Hungarian riot police today fired tear gas at migrants trying... More »

Hungary to Migrants: Cross This Fence and You're a Criminal

New laws boost its crackdown at border with Serbia

(Newser) - Hungary declared a state of emergency and police arrested 60 migrants at or near the country's 110-mile southern border with Serbia after new laws took effect at midnight making it a criminal offense to cross the border illegally or mess with the 13-foot razor-wire fence, the BBC reports. With... More »

Camerawoman Who Kicked Migrant Kids: I 'Snapped'

Petra Laszlo says she isn't a 'heartless, child-kicking, racist camera-person'

(Newser) - Despite the general opinion after a video surfaced of her kicking Syrian migrants , Hungarian Petra Laszlo says she is "not a heartless, child-kicking, racist camera-person." Rather, "something snapped in my head" when hundreds of migrants broke through a police barricade not far from the Serbian border in... More »

Journalist Filmed Kicking Refugees

Hungarian camerawoman fired for 'unacceptable behavior'

(Newser) - A journalist working for a far-right TV station is out of a job after she was unable to resist her urge to become part of the story she was covering. The Hungarian camerawoman was filmed kicking and tripping refugees as they tried to get past police at an overcrowded camp... More »

Merkel: 'Breathtaking' Influx Will Change Germany

Austria preparing to bring back border checks

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her nation can be proud of how it welcomed thousands of refugees over a "breathtaking" weekend—but warns that Germany can't deal with the crisis alone and other European countries need to pull their weight. At a news conference today, she said the... More »

Hungary Made Surprise Migrant Move Overnight

Hungary bused them into Austria by the thousands

(Newser) - Thousands of exhausted, elated migrants reached their dream destinations of Germany and Austria today, completing epic journeys by boat, bus, train, and foot to escape war and poverty. Before dawn, they clambered off a fleet of Hungarian buses at the Austrian border to find a warm welcome from charity workers... More »

Amazing Images: Migrants Walking to Austrian Border

They got tired of waiting for trains in Hungary

(Newser) - Europe's migrant crisis is leading to yet more compelling images today, this time of about 1,000 migrants making a more than 100-mile hike from Budapest, Hungary, to the Austrian border, reports the BBC . What's striking is that the group is walking along the major thoroughfare to Vienna.... More »

Cops: How Truck-Tragedy Migrants Met Their End

Police reveal results of early forensic testing

(Newser) - The migrants found dead in an abandoned truck in Austria appear to have died by suffocation under horribly tight conditions. Relying on early forensic tests, police say the 71 victims —including three children and a baby girl—ran out of air while packed five people per 10 square feet,... More »

Number of Decomposing Bodies in Truck Rises to 71

3 people held in Hungary are reportedly from Bulgaria

(Newser) - The refrigerated truck left on an Austrian roadside didn't just contain the decomposing remains of 20 to 50 migrants as first thought. Police now say at least 71 people—59 men, eight women, and four children, believed to be Syrian refugees—died inside the vehicle, which police believe left... More »

Hungary Wants a Big Fence to Keep These People Out

It's looking to build 109-mile fence to keep out migrants coming from Serbia

(Newser) - A 13-foot-high fence that stretches 109 miles along its border with Serbia is Hungary's plan for keeping in check what the Washington Post calls an "unprecedented migrant crisis." "Hungary cannot afford to wait any longer," the country's foreign affairs minister said at a press... More »

Village for Rent, $760 Per Day

But reservations are booking up quickly

(Newser) - Rooms at Hungary's village-for-rent are going fast. More than 300 inquiries and reservations for 280 guests have been made since Mayor Kristof Pajer last week began advertising the village of Megyer, available for $760 a day. Pajer said today that tourists are coming from as far away as Australia,... More »

Historian Watching Movie Spots Long-Lost Painting

'Sleeping Lady with Black Vase' was last seen in 1928, bought for $500

(Newser) - Hungarian art historian Gergely Barki was watching Stuart Little with his young daughter five Christmases ago when he noticed a painting above the mantelpiece in the film—and did a double-take. It looked just like "Sleeping Lady with Black Vase," a painting by Hungarian artist Robert Bereny that... More »

US' Latest Diplomatic Brouhaha: Hungary

US cites suspicion of officials' corruption in denying 6 visas

(Newser) - Tensions between US and Hungary have surged after the US denied visas to six Hungarian officials amid suspicion of corruption. A pro-government Hungarian news site says the denials were retribution for a Hungarian investigation into American companies, but the US embassy says that's not the case, the New York ... More »

Birth Season Affects Your Temperament

Hungarian study says summer babies have more mood swings

(Newser) - Getting moodier as you grow older? That may be because you were born in summer—assuming, of course, that you were born in summer, according to a new study out of Hungary. Researchers in Budapest who analyzed 400 people say they found a direct connection between the subjects' temperament and... More »

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in... More »

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