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Out of Seasand and the Air

I’m a firm believer in old souls and past lives. Some of us – not all of us, but some of us – have been around before. I’ve learned to pay attention to that feeling I get when I meet someone for the first time and recognise something familiar in them.  An instant like or dislike. An affinity or a wariness. Something clicks. Or it doesn’t.

Novak attends pilgrimage in Sumuleu Ciuc

President Katalin Novak on Saturday attended Pentecost mass in Sumuleu Ciuc (Csiksomlyo), in central Romania, and said it was "uplifting to experience when the nation is together."

Karacsony: Chain Bridge revamp to wrap up early

The reconstruction of Budapest's Chain Bridge will end some six weeks earlier than originally planned, in the summer rather than autumn, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony said on Saturday.

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LMP to ask construction minister about Lake Ferto investment

Green LMP will put questions to Construction and Transport Minister Janos Lazar about a hotel and leisure site construction project at Lake Ferto, a protected area in north-western Hungary, a board member of the party said on Saturday.

World Aquatics to relocate HQ to Budapest

World Aquatics (WA), the international federation for water sports, will relocate its headquarters from Lausanne to Budapest, pending approval by its congress, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.

Jobless rate edges down to 3.9 percent in April

Hungary's jobless rate was 3.9 percent at the end of April, edging down from 4.0 percent in March, but rising from 3.5 percent twelve months earlier, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Friday show.

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Tourism Agency: Hotels fully booked over May long weekend

Almost 200,000 guests spent 362,000 guest nights at commercial accommodations in Hungary during the May 1 long weekend, generating 7 billion forints (EUR 18.7m) in revenue, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) told MTI on Friday.

Gulyas: Government to extend interest rate freeze

The government will submit the 2024 draft budget to parliament on May 30, with a vote scheduled for July 7 and it is extending a freeze on interest rates for small and medium-sized companies and will keep it in place until the base rate ...

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Egis favipiravir drug licenced for Covid-19 treatment

A new drug with the active ingredient favipiravir manufactured by Hungarian pharmaceutical company Egis has been licenced for treatment of Covid-19 by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYEI), the institute said on Saturday.

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Orbán: New EU migration pact could force Hungary to welcome migrants

Hungary does not support the new migration and refugee package presented by the European Commission on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told Reuters newswire on Friday. Under the package, Hungary's commitment to send people back from the southern EU states like Italy or Greece, ...