Alexa

Coronavirus crisis provides excuses for curbs on free speech

BANGKOK (AP) — Health concerns were on artist Danai Ussama’s mind when he returned to Thailand last month from a trip to Spain. He noticed that he and his fellow passengers did not go through medical ...

China's mask diplomacy a hit in virus-plagued Eastern Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When China’s first shipment of coronavirus medical aid landed in Belgrade, the president of Serbia was there to kiss the Chinese flag. In Hungary, officials have played down as...

Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of bunks for those infe...

Hungary approves extra government powers, with no end date

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament on Monday approved a bill giving Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government extraordinary powers during the coronavirus pandemic, without setting an end dat...

Hungary seeks indefinite extension to state of emergency

The Hungarian government is seeking to extend indefinitely the state of emergency introduced on March 11 because of the coronavirus epidemic, leading some to fear an unjustified power grab and an eros...

Trial starts of captain charged in deadly Danube boat crash

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A trial began Wednesday in Hungary in the case of a river cruise ship captain charged in the deaths of 27 people in a May 2019 collision on the Danube River. ...

Asylum-seekers, coronavirus collide with complicated results

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — No entry, says Hungary. Not all at once, says Greece. Watch out, says Croatia: They might have the coronavirus. This week, thousands of asylum-seekers sit at...

Hungary commemorates 1945 liberation of Budapest ghetto

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's Jewish community on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Budapest ghetto, where over 70,000 Jews were confined near the...

Review: Marcus King stirs soul, rock, country on 'El Dorado'

Marcus King, “El Dorado” (Fantasy Records) Marcus King's solo debut is an enticing mix of deep soul, rock and country in the best Southern traditions. King, though...

Hungary rule on NGOs' financing seen in conflict with EU law

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Restrictions imposed by Hungary on the financing from abroad of non-governmental organizations are incompatible with EU law, according to an opinion issued Tuesday by the Euro...

Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, turns 99

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is th...

Review: All-star Mose Allison tribute hits the right spots

Various artists, “If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison” (Fat Possum) It may be a tired cliche to say someone was one of a kind, but Mose Allison most definitely was...

Get in the holiday mood with Ne-Yo, Lea Michele and Chicago

Here's a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. _________ Ne-Yo, “Another Kind of Christmas” (Motown/Compound Entertainment) ...

Review: Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album centers on poetry

Leonard Cohen, “Thanks for the Dance” (Columbia/Legacy Recordings) Leonard Cohen’s last album, released just weeks before he passed in 2016, was “You Want It Darker,” which had a sen...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. ...