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A Rare Resignation Following PM's 'Mixed Race' Comments

Viktor Orbán's remarks inexcusable, adviser says

(Newser) - Update: An adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has resigned in protest over Orbán's comments on the mixing of races. Zsuzsa Hegedus, whom the BBC describes as a member of Orbán's inner circle who has known him for two decades, called Orbán's...

Jill Biden Will Spend Mother's Day Overseas

First lady will be in Slovakia meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who fled the war

(Newser) - Jill Biden will spend Mother's Day meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who have fled the Russian invasion. The Sunday meeting will take place in Slovakia, one of two eastern European countries the first lady plans to visit during a five-day trip that starts Thursday, per the AP . She...

At Embassy, an Act of 'Anti-Russian Hysteria'

Man dies crashing his car into Russian embassy in Bucharest, Romania

(Newser) - A man has died after crashing a car filled with flammable substances into the Russian embassy in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, according to police. A video showed the silver hatchback "engulfed in flames" while wedged in the embassy's gate around 6am local time Wednesday, before firefighters arrived,...

Romania's Trees Are Coveted, Sometimes Dangerously So

Loggers in Romania wage bloody campaign to secure the last of Europe's old-growth forests

(Newser) - Alexander Sammon's gripping piece on threats to one of the biggest remaining old-growth forests in the world—it's in Romania—for the New Republic begins with a disturbing story about logging thugs who smash a documentary film crew’s equipment and nearly kill an activist. It's even...

Biden Sending Thousands More Troops to Europe

US move meant to show support to NATO allies as tensions continue between Ukraine, Russia

(Newser) - President Biden is sending about 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, NC, to Poland and Germany this week, as well as sending part of an infantry Stryker squadron of roughly 1,000 troops based in Germany to Romania, a senior administration official said Wednesday, per the AP . The military moves...

COVID Cases Hit Record Highs in Germany, Netherlands

Meanwhile, Austria plans a lockdown for the unvaccinated

(Newser) - Winter is approaching in Europe—and with it, a return to tighter COVID restrictions, at least for the unvaccinated. Reuters reports that, with strained ICUs and infections at a record high, Austria is planning a lockdown for the unvaccinated. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Thursday that the country is just days...

Billionaire and Family Die After Plane Hits Building

Dan Petrescu was piloting the private jet in Milan

(Newser) - A Romanian billionaire and his family were among the dead when a private jet flew into a building Sunday afternoon in Milan, Italy. All eight people on board were killed, including property tycoon Dan Petrescu, 68, his wife, and their 30-year-old son, the BBC reports. Family friends were also reportedly...

Prince Accused of 'Harvesting' Huge Bear

Activists say he paid $8.4K for the opportunity

(Newser) - Romanian police will investigate a possible poaching case involving an Austrian prince who is reported to have “wrongly” killed a massive male bear in a trophy hunt on a visit to the country’s Carpathian Mountains in March, authorities said Wednesday. Official hunting documents seen by the AP confirms...

Skier Escapes Bear by Ditching Backpack
Skier Being
Chased by Bear
Pulls Off 'Pretty
Cool Move'
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Skier Being Chased by Bear Pulls Off 'Pretty Cool Move'

Tense incident took place in Romania

(Newser) - Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? In this case, what the brown bear saw was a skier trying to outmaneuver it down a ski slope in Romania. Per the New York Daily News , the frightening incident took place Saturday at the Predeal mountain resort, where an unlucky tourist...

We Know How That Utah Monolith Disappeared
We Know How That Utah
Monolith Disappeared
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We Know How That Utah Monolith Disappeared

4 guys dismantled it at night, a photographer tells the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - So where will a monolith turn up next? First, one popped up in the Utah desert, only to vanish . Then another turned up in Romania , but now it's gone, too. While nobody seems to know exactly what's going on, the New York Times has at least shed light...

Another Mysterious Monolith Appears

This time in Romania

(Newser) - Days after Utah's mysterious monolith disappeared , a very similar one has appeared elsewhere. This hollow, triangular, 13-foot monolith, which Sky News reports "bear[s] a close resemblance" to the one found in Utah, was found on Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamt, facing a mountain known...

Fire Destroys COVID ICU, Kills 10
Fire Destroys
COVID ICU, Kills 10

Fire Destroys COVID ICU, Kills 10

At least 10 others are injured in Romania hospital

(Newser) - A fire at a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in northeastern Romania killed 10 people Saturday and injured 10 others, seven of them critically, reports the AP . Prosecutors quickly opened a criminal investigation. The blaze spread through the intensive care ward designated for COVID-19 patients at the public hospital in the...

Relieved Owners Get Back Rare, Irreplaceable Books Stolen in 2017

Nearly all volumes intact after daring warehouse theft

(Newser) - In the sort of break-in usually executed by a Tom Cruise character while background music adds to the tension, rare books worth millions were stolen from a London warehouse nearly four years ago. On Tuesday, police announced that the books have been returned to the proper owners, leading one of...

Mayor Dies of COVID, Gets Re-Elected

'None of the other contenders got the same trust from the voters'

(Newser) - In the Romanian village of Deveselu, Ion Aliman was a popular mayor—so popular that he was re-elected to a third term Sunday despite having died of COVID-19 complications 10 days earlier. Aliman, who would have turned 57 on election day, received 1,057 out of around 1,600 votes...

With Nearly 1M Dead, Protesters Hit the Streets

Demonstrators make their voices heard in Tel Aviv, London, and Bucharest

(Newser) - Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv, and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures have affected daily life even with infection rates rising in many places and the global death toll approaching 1 million, the AP reports. In the UK, the latest official...

Ship With 15K Sheep Overturns
Ship With 15K Sheep Overturns 

Ship With 15K Sheep Overturns

Only 32 have been rescued, authorities say

(Newser) - After a cargo ship carrying almost 15,000 sheep overturned off the coast of Romania on Sunday, authorities said all 22 crew members had been rescued—but only 32 sheep. The Queen Hind, which was bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with a cargo of around 14,600 live sheep, overturned...

Girl's Tragic Story Rocks Nation and Its Government

3 Romanian officials have lost their jobs over Alexandra Macesanu's disappearance

(Newser) - The plight of a missing girl has rocked Romania and forced three officials—including the nation's education minister—out of their jobs. The tragic story hinges on emergency phone calls made by Alexandra Macesanu, 15, saying she had been kidnapped and raped after disappearing Wednesday while hitchhiking with a...

Pope Asks Forgiveness of an Ethnic Minority

Francis apologizes for 'discrimination, segregation, and mistreatment'

(Newser) - Pope Francis apologized Sunday to the Roma ethnic minority for a history of discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his three-day visit with a message of forgiveness. Francis reached out to the minorities of Transylvania during a deeply symbolic...

Ex-Trump Family Driver Is Behind Bars. Guess Why

Zoltan Tamas was detained by ICE on immigration charges

(Newser) - Not long ago, he was picking up Donald Trump's children at the airport. Now he's behind bars—and Zoltan Tamas' arrest is part of an immigration crackdown that's been hailed by the Trump administration, the New York Times reports. "Zoltan wasn't caught crossing the border,...

Yet Another Odd Twist in the Case of a Stolen Picasso

Writer thought she had been led to the painting. Apparently not

(Newser) - For a brief moment, there was hope that a lost Picasso—one of seven artworks stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2012—had been found. Instead, it was seemingly another odd twist in an odd story. Mira Feticu, an author who penned a novel inspired by the...

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