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Two Weather Officials Fired After Inaccurate Forecast

Hungary's authoritarian government apparently wasn't pleased with the misfire

(Newser) - The two top officials of Hungary's meteorological service were fired Monday after an inaccurate rain forecast prompted the postponement of a fireworks display on the country's most important national holiday, per the AP . The annual St. Stephen's Day fireworks show along the Danube River in Budapest—billed...

Hungary Sacks Meteorologists for Making Wrong Forecast

Next time, maybe they won't be so cautious

(Newser) - Forecasting the weather is not unlike forecasting the price direction of a given stock: One can make reasonable calculations and offer probabilities, but there are always forces at play beyond the realm of prediction. Such was the case Saturday, per the BBC, when Hungary’s National Meteorological Service persuaded officials...

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...

Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships
Swimmer: I Was Drugged
After World Championships
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Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships

Canada's Mary-Sophie Harvey writes of an hours-long window she can't recall

(Newser) - Mary-Sophie Harvey’s second-to-last Instagram post shows her wearing a big smile in the pool at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she took home a bronze medal in the women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay in June. Her last post describes the horror that happened afterward. "On...

US Swimmer Rescued From Pool Bottom at Championships

Anita Alvarez said to be feeling fine after rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes

(Newser) - A US competitor at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, had to be rescued from the bottom of the swimming pool, where she sank after completing an artistic swimming routine Tuesday. Underwater photos captured fully-clothed coach Andrea Fuentes diving to the bottom of the pool where 25-year-old Anita Alvarez'...

Orban, a Putin Ally, Declares 'Huge Victory'

Prime minister says vote is a message to Europe

(Newser) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared victory in Sunday's national elections, claiming a mandate for a fourth term as a partial vote count predicted a strong lead for his right-wing party. In a 10-minute speech to Fidesz party officials and supporters at an election night event in Budapest, Orban addressed...

Trump Endorsement of Hungarian PM Called 'Unusual'
Trump Offers Far-Right Leader
His 'Complete Support'
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Trump Offers Far-Right Leader His 'Complete Support'

Endorses Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for reelection

(Newser) - Former President Trump's endorsements continue to make headlines, but on Monday, he offered his backing to a candidate who isn't a Republican—or an American. In what the Washington Post terms an "unusual endorsement in a foreign election," Trump released a statement endorsing far-right Hungarian Prime...

Thousands Turn Out to Support Orban

Thousands march in Budapest to back right-wing government

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing government marched in Budapest on Saturday in a demonstration of unity behind the populist leader's contentious policies that have led to challenges to his power both in Hungary and the European Union. The rally was...

Pope to Give Orban 30 Minutes
Pope to Give
Orban 30 Minutes

Pope to Give Orban 30 Minutes

Trip is Francis' first after having intestinal surgery

(Newser) - Pope Francis is making his first foreign trip since undergoing intestinal surgery in July, a four-day visit to central Europe that will not only test his health but also provide one of the most awkward moments of his papacy—a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the sort of...

Plan for Chinese College on Foreign Soil Draws Opposition

Hungary's Orban has been working to strengthen ties between two nations

(Newser) - Several thousand people rallied Saturday in Hungary's capital against plans by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to host a Chinese university in Budapest. A strategic agreement that Hungary signed with Shanghai-based Fudan University envisages opening a branch in the city's 9th district. Plans call for the Budapest campus to...

Right-Wing MEP Caught Fleeing Gay Orgy With Drugs: Police

József Szájer has stepped down in Hungary

(Newser) - A European Parliament member who opposes LGBT rights has resigned after police say he was arrested fleeing a gay orgy, the Guardian reports. József Szájer, of Hungary's right-wing Fidesz party, apparently fled the scene last Friday by scrambling down a drainpipe with drugs in his backpack. Police...

Anti-LGBTQ+ Official Resigns After Allegedly Attending 'Orgy'

Top Hungarian lawmaker says only that he attended a party in violation of COVID restrictions

(Newser) - A Hungarian lawmaker is out of a job after he was caught climbing down a drainpipe to escape a sex party in Belgium that was being broken up by police. József Szàjer, a senior member of European Parliament, resigned after acknowledging he had been present at the private...

New Figure Enters Ukraine Controversy
New Figure Enters
Ukraine Controversy
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New Figure Enters Ukraine Controversy

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban reportedly bad-mouthed Ukraine before call

(Newser) - New reports out Tuesday add more context to President Trump's view of Ukraine before he made his famous call to that nation's leader in July. The upshot is that Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orban each bad-mouthed Ukraine as a corrupt nation to Trump, reinforcing what he...

Video Shows Mayor in Boat Orgy. He's Reelected Anyway

'Borkai-gate' explodes in Hungary

(Newser) - Days before Sunday's local elections in Hungary, a video emerged showing the mayor of Gyor in a drug-fueled orgy on a boat. It quickly went viral—but ultimately, Zsolt Borkai was reelected anyway. Borkai, a former gymnast who won a gold medal in pommel horse at the 1988 Olympic...

Family of 'Sweden's Schindler' Wants Answers
Family of
'Sweden's Schindler'
Wants Answers
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Family of 'Sweden's Schindler' Wants Answers

Nearly 75 years after he disappeared, Raoul Wallenberg's family is still in the dark

(Newser) - Raoul Wallenberg is called "Sweden's Schindler," and is thought to have saved as many as 30,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II—and his family has no idea when or how he died. This week, some of his descendants are traveling to Stockholm to demand the...

Deadly Sinking Happened in Just 7 Seconds

Captain of Danube cruise ship arrested

(Newser) - Hungarian police have detained the captain of a cruise ship that collided with a sightseeing boat packed with South Korean tourists , causing it to sink quickly in the Danube River in Budapest. Seven people have been confirmed dead, while 21 people remain missing in the fast-flowing river. A South Korean...

7 Dead, 21 Missing in Budapest Boat Disaster

Sightseeing boat collided with larger ship

(Newser) - There was a massive search and rescue effort on the Danube river Wednesday night after a boat packed with South Korean tourists capsized and sank in Budapest. Authorities say seven people have been confirmed dead and another 21—19 Koreans and two Hungarian crew members—are missing, the BBC reports....

Obama Named in Hubbub Over Hungary's Super-White Opera

Director defends move to ask actors to identify as African American

(Newser) - When the Hungarian State Opera took heat last year for casting only white performers in a production originally about racism and violence in an African American community, the general director, Szilveszter Okovacs, appeared to brush off the wishes of Porgy and Bess creator George Gershwin, whose will demands the show...

Hungary to Women: Have 4 Kids, Pay No More Income Tax

Proposal comes from anti-immigration leader Viktor Orban

(Newser) - Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his state-of-the-nation speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary's population decline, per the AP...

'Unprecedented' Move Against School Founded by Soros

Central European University says it's been forced out of Hungary, the first school in EU to be booted

(Newser) - Central European University is said to be the best graduate school in Hungary, but it just became the first university to get kicked out of an EU nation. The Washington Post calls it "one of the surest signals to date of autocracy's return to the country," and...

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