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They Published an Enemies List. The Response Was Unexpected

Pro-government magazine in Hungary publishes 200 names

(Newser) - One of Hungary's most famous native sons is at odds with the country's newly re-elected prime minister in a political fight that has international implications. The dispute between billionaire philanthropist George Soros and Prime Minister Viktor Orban escalated Tuesday when Soros announced that he was closing his Open... More »

Anti-Migration Hungary PM Scores Landslide WIn

Orban claimed George Soros was part of conspiracy

(Newser) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says his "decisive" re-election victory and the super majority in parliament his right-wing populist party appeared to have won Sunday are "an opportunity to defend Hungary." Critics said they feared Orban will use his third consecutive term and the Fidesz party's... More »

The 'Mediocre' Skier Raising Eyebrows at the Olympics

Elizabeth Swaney didn't do any tricks on her halfpipe run, deliberately

(Newser) - On the surface, there's nothing at all ordinary or subpar about a 33-year-old Berkeley and Harvard grad who's competing with the best of the best at the Olympics. Yet Elizabeth Swaney has caused a hubbub in Pyeongchang, after turning in what Digg labels a "hilariously mediocre" ski... More »

Ex-Trump Adviser Has Had Arrest Warrant Out Since 2016

Sebastian Gorka is wanted on weapons charges in Hungary

(Newser) - President Trump's deputy assistant was a wanted man during his seven-month stint in the White House, the Guardian reports. A warrant out of Hungary states Sebastian Gorka has been wanted on charges for "firearm or ammunition abuse" since September 2016. According to BuzzFeed , the warrant is still active.... More »

Hungry and Weak, Dog Stayed Beside Dead Owner for Weeks

'We had to drag her away'

(Newser) - A woman was found dead in her home in Budapest on Wednesday, having apparently died of natural causes weeks earlier, the BBC reports. Her dog hadn't left her side. “The dog was lying next to the dead body, and was so weak that she could not stand up,... More »

16 Killed in Fiery Italy School Bus Crash

Hungarians were returning from ski trip

(Newser) - A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy Friday night and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police say. Out of 39 survivors, 26 were injured, some seriously, the AP reports. No other vehicles were involved... More »

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 »

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