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April 29, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY From LAX , connecting service (change of plane) to Budapest is offered on KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, British, Alitalia, Turkish and Aeroflot. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $712, including taxes and fees. By taxi, the 12-mile ride from the Budapest airport to the city center costs about $23. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 36 (the country code for Hungary)
June 20, 2013
Gyula Horn, 80, a former Hungarian prime minister who played a key role in opening the Iron Curtain, died Wednesday, the Hungarian government announced. He had been hospitalized in Budapest for several years. He was best known internationally for his announcement as foreign minister in 1989 that Hungary would allow East German refugees to leave the country for West Germany, one of the main events that helped end communism in Eastern Europe. Tens of thousands of East Germans had traveled to Hungary in the spring and summer of 1989 as expectations mounted that the more moderate Communist country might open its borders to the West.
September 15, 1988 | From Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir met Hungarian Communist Party leader Karoly Grosz on Wednesday for talks likely to center on the Middle East and moves to restore diplomatic relations broken 21 years ago. It was the first visit by any Israeli premier to an East European country other than Romania, and the highest-level bilateral meeting since Hungary broke diplomatic ties after the 1967 Six-Day War.
April 19, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
The heirs of the Budapest-based Jewish banker Baron Mor Lipot Herzog have cleared a major legal hurdle in their decades-long quest to force Hungary to return dozens of artworks from Herzog's collection that were looted during World War II. In 2010, Herzog's great-grandson David de Csepel of Altadena led his family in suing Hungary and three of its museums for the return of more than 40 artworks valued at $100 million, including masterpieces by...
October 11, 1985 | United Press International
Alarmed by the dramatic increase in drug abuse among teen-agers, Hungary announced that it will launch an anti-narcotics campaign that will include therapy and rehabilitation. It said there are at least 30,000 drug abusers in Hungary.
February 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
A bomb exploded in a crowded Budapest subway, but no one was injured, Hungarian news reports said Saturday.
June 11, 1988 | From Reuters
The government will begin selective, compulsory AIDS screening for certain people next week to prevent the spread of the killer disease, the official MTI news agency reported Friday.
November 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The wall of a coal mine shaft collapsed under the weight of a mudslide overnight, killing two people in the nation's second fatal mine collapse in a week, Hungarian radio reported Saturday.
May 21, 1987 | From Reuters
This country is surveying the health and "sociological state" of people aged 100 or more to discover the secrets of longevity, the official Hungarian news agency MTI said Wednesday. On top of genetic factors, Budapest's Semmelweis Medical University is paying particular attention to environment, life style, the earlier occupation and present activity of the people concerned. There are estimated to more than 200 centenarians among Hungary's population of 10.6 million, MTI said.
April 29, 2012 | By Daniel Robinson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
BUDAPEST, Hungary - American coffeehouses are prized for their quick service and fast Internet - ideal for people on the go. But a century ago, European cafes were places to linger amid Gilded Age opulence. Nowhere was this more so than in Budapest, where some of its great historic cafes have survived economic crises, war and Communism. My wife, Rachel, and my mother-in-law, Edie, had never been to Hungary, but they had been hearing about Budapest and its grand avenues, delicious pastries and vibrant Jewish community all their lives: Edie's parents were born here in the 1890s.
February 1, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Balthazar Korab, an architect-turned-photographer with a wide-ranging eye whose moody, polished images captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture and celebrated its masters, including Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, died Jan. 15 in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 86. Korab, who lived in Troy, Mich., died after a long period of decline caused by Parkinson's disease and a stroke, said his son, Christian Korab. A refugee from Communist-controlled Hungary, Korab came to the United States in 1955 and found work as a designer in Saarinen's Bloomfield, Mich., office.
January 23, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- A three-judge federal appellate court heard brief oral arguments Wednesday in what art experts say could be the last great Holocaust-era art restitution case, one with a California connection, but issued no ruling. The unusual case was brought by heirs and relatives of a legendary Hungarian art collector in a dispute over possession of more than 40 artworks valued at $100 million -- including some paintings now hanging in Hungarian museums -- that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The lead plaintiff is David de Csepel of Altadena, Calif., great-grandson of Jewish banker Baron Mór Lipót Herzog.
August 6, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- It didn't take long, a little more than an hour of churning water for U.S. medal chances to take a serious hit. The men's water polo team tumbled from second to a likely fourth-place finish in its group after a lifeless 11-6 loss Monday against Hungary in an Olympic preliminary. If Montenegro beats Great Britain as widely expected, the U.S. (3-2) will play Croatia (5-0) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Not exactly a breezy way to start single-elimination play. After a silver medal effort at the 2008 Olympics, there was talk of the U.S. possibly breaking through here for its first gold medal in the sport.
August 5, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON - Going into Saturday's group-play match against Serbia, Tony Azevedo, captain of the U.S. water polo team, must have felt a bit like a law student getting an advance peek at the bar exam. Although the game wasn't exactly meaningless, the Americans have already qualified for the cross-over stage, where they're likely to meet Serbia again. That made the Americans' 11-6 loss to the tournament favorites a valuable chance to study. "From every loss, you learn a great deal," Azevedo said.
July 30, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - Maggie Steffens was scoring so many goals in her Olympic water polo debut even she couldn't keep count. "In the game you're thinking, 'What's the next play? What's my next move?' You're not necessarily thinking what happened last," said Steffens, Team USA's youngest player at 19 and a soon-to-be freshman at Stanford. "At one point I was like, 'Oh, I'm getting open a lot,' but at the same time you've got to just play in the moment and put the ball in the net. " She put it in seven times, tying the women's single-game Olympic record, as the U.S. began preliminary-round play on Monday with a physical 14-13 victory over Hungary at the Water Polo Arena.
May 23, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
With a last round of roster cuts looming ahead of this summer's London Olympics, U.S. Water Polo Coach Terry Schroeder will get one final look at his team in action when it plays a series of exhibitions in Southern California against Croatia and Hungary, the defending Olympic champion, beginning Saturday at Newport Harbor High School. Schroeder needs to trim three players from a 16-man roster that includes 11 former Olympians, among them three-time Olympians Tony Azevedo, the team captain, and Ryan Bailey.
May 15, 1987 | From Reuters
Soviet Marshal Viktor G. Kulikov, commander in chief of the Warsaw Pact forces, arrived in Budapest on Thursday for a working visit, the official Hungarian news agency MTI said. Kulikov later held talks with Karoly Nemeth, deputy secretary general of the Hungarian Communist Party, and Premier Gyorgy Lazar.
August 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
A Hungarian prisoner deposited in a Russian psychiatric hospital after World War II and forgotten for five decades returned Friday to Hungary--a homeland he hasn't seen since the 1940s. Andras Tamas, 75, flew to Budapest from Moscow aboard a Hungarian airliner and was rushed in a wheelchair past hundreds of reporters and onlookers to a van that took him to the National Psychiatric and Neurological Institute. He is expected to stay there for at least two months.
May 6, 2012 | By Les Gapay
A friend of mine got a lifetime achievement award recently, and it got me to thinking about the Holocaust again, something that's never been completely out of my mind for the last 22 years. Randolph L. Braham and I are an odd couple to be friends because our families were on different sides of the Holocaust. His emails to me over the last 20 years have always been signed Randy, but I call him Professor Braham out of respect. Braham is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, director of the Rosenthal Center for Holocaust Studies there, and the author of more than 60 books on the Holocaust.
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