Pinball paradise lives on in Budapest basement

Mar 24, 2015

Pinball paradise lives on in Budapest basement

Glistening signs, flashing lights and nonstop tinkling lure scores of tourists in Budapest to Europe’s largest pinball museum, where a passionate collector is bent on reviving the once-popular pastime. In the basement of a nondescript apartment house, Balazs Palfi displays a unique collection of ...

Mar 23, 2015

China reportedly seeks return of 'stolen' mummy

A Chinese province is seeking the return of a 1,000-year-old mummified monk that experts say was stolen two decades ago and resurfaced at an exhibition in Hungary. A Buddha statue containing a monk’s remains has been on display at the Mummy World Exhibition at ...

Migrants flock to EU door at Hungary's border

Mar 2, 2015

Migrants flock to EU door at Hungary's border

Exhausted, hungry and cold, they have been walking for miles. What little they have is carried in plastic bags. They camp in abandoned homes, followed by stray dogs hoping to snag a morsel. Tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and ...

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

Dec 14, 2014

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

A Russian loan to France’s National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria’s Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain’s anti-European Union party. As the diplomatic chill over Ukraine deepens, the Kremlin seems keener than ever to enlist Europe’s ...

'Stuart Little' helps lost Hungarian painting come home

Nov 28, 2014

'Stuart Little' helps lost Hungarian painting come home

A long-lost avant-garde painting has returned home to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian who spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film “Stuart Little.” In 2009, Gergely Barki, a researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery, noticed “Sleeping ...

Oct 27, 2014

Thousands of Hungarians protest Internet traffic tax

Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has been ...

Original score for one of Mozart's most famous pieces is discovered

Sep 28, 2014

Original score for one of Mozart's most famous pieces is discovered

Balazs Mikusi’s heart started racing when he realized what the papers he held in his hand were: the long-lost original score of a famous Mozart sonata, scribbled by the composer himself. “When I first laid eyes upon the manuscript, the handwriting already looked suspiciously ...