NEWS WATCH: Hungary’s Media Threatened By Government Control, Critics Say

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest, Hungary BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Proposed legislation in Hungary to reform the country's media has drawn critcism from journalists and opposition politicians, saying it would return the former Soviet satellite to the days of repression of press freedom.

Uzbekistan Jails Baptists, Threatens Church, report

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By BosNewsLife Special Correspondent Marshall Ramsey with BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Police in Uzbekistan reportedly jailed ten Baptists for up to five days and fined three others 80 times the monthly minimum wage on charges of unauthorized worship at home, BosNewsLife monitored Friday, August 7.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary’s President Resigns in Plagiarism Scandal

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Hungary BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's embattled President Pal Schmitt has resigned after a Hungarian university revoked his doctoral title because an investigation found he mainly copied his thesis from other authors.

BosNewsLife Launches New Website And “Worthy” Partnership

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By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe's first Christian news agency on the Internet, BosNewsLife, has launched a new website (www.bosnewslife.com) and a strategic partnership with Worthy Ministries, an organization specialized in Christian news "and spreading the Gospel around the world," its founder confirmed Friday, December 5.

NEWS WATCH: Clinton Questions Hungary’s Democratic Credentials

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised concerns with Hungary's government about legislative measures that critics claim limit press freedom and reduce powers of previously independent institutions. Clinton also expressed solidarity with pro-democracy activists in Egypt, where she says the U.S. will re-open talks with the controversial Muslim Brotherhood group.

NEWS WATCH: US, EU Discuss Data Sharing Agreement Amid Controversy

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The United States and European Union have begun formal negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information they exchange while fighting crime and terrorism.  But the talks in Hungary also underscored that differences remain over how far the information exchange can go.

NEWS WATCH: US, EU Express Concern About Hungary’s ‘Crackdown’ on Democracy

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's government says it has received a letter from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she reportedly expresses concerns about a perceived crackdown on democratic freedom in the country, more than two decades after Hungary threw out the Communist regime. The letter arrived just days after the European Commission urged Hungary to withdraw legislation that critics claim will lead to a government takeover of the Central Bank.
 

US Congress Delegation Remembers Holocaust Hero Wallenberg in Hungary

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Budapest, Hungary BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- A United States Congressional delegation and other officials have gathered in Hungary's capital Budapest to remember Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who is credited with saving the lives of as many as 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II. Friday's commemoration was part of a series of events marking the Raoul Wallenberg Year to commemorate his centennial birth.  

NEWS WATCH: Hungary’s Far Right Receiving Many Votes In Elections; Prime Minister Concerned

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest Kormányátalakítás - Új kormánytagokBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's outgoing Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai has condemned his country's political climate ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections Sunday, April 11, as opinion polls show a far right political party will receive many votes. There is also international concern about the favorite to win the ballot, the main center right opposition party Fidesz, after its leader criticized a European Union deal on foreign landownership.

NEWS WATCH: Villagers Return To Devastated Hungarian Village after Toxic Flood

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Kolontar and Budapest
KOLONTAR/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Nearly two weeks after toxic sludge flooding in Hungary killed at least nine people and injured over 120 others, villagers are returning home. The arrivals come shortly after the government ordered the resumption of production at the MAL Zrt aluminum plant that has been linked to the disaster.