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A history of destruction and recovery

On one of our visits to Vienna this year, The Budapest Times stayed in Leopoldstadt, which is considered a Jewish area. Orthodox Jewish men were…

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Three days of Mexico mood

Mexican colours, lights, shapes, moods and flavours are being celebrated with a festival all along District XI’s Bartók Béla út this Friday, Saturday and Sunday,…

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A Scottish man walked out of a bar…

Bring up the topic of football stadiums in Hungary and you’re guaranteed eyes will roll. So many have been built in recent years it’s laughable….

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Choir adds its voices to improving relations

With 19 ladies and seven men in its ranks, the Othello Polyphonic Choir has chosen an appropriate name for itself. Not that anybody in the…

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South Italian cuisine in style

Authentic ingredients, authentic staff, authentic atmosphere – that’s what most want an Italian place to feel like. There is now such a place right in…

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Cameraman on the battlefields

The Hungarian Museum of Photography in Kecskemét is exhibiting Hungarian-American photographer Laszlo Kondor’s images taken during the Vietnam War between 1969 and 1972, when he…

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Eyes glued to the screen

The Szemrevaló / Sehenswert (Hungarian and German for “Eyeful”) Film Festival presents films from German-speaking countries in Budapest for the seventh time from September 27-October…

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Wonder in the wilds

It’s always a pleasure for my family and I to spend summer holidays on the road, as we often make our way to lesser-known places….

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Bethlehem ‘special’ twin

Budapest Mayor István Tarlós and Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman signed a twin-city agreement between their cities in Bethlehem in early September. Powered by WPeMatico

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Varga optimistic on long term

Hungary’s economy grew by an annual 4.8 percent in the second quarter of 2018, up from 4.4 percent in the previous quarter, the Central Statistical…

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(Almost) everything’s rosy: US ambassador

David B. Cornstein, the United States’ ambassador to Hungary, said he has not experienced any infringement on freedom rights in Hungary and should the case…

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'Time' to suspend Hungary

International civil groups have called on Members of the European Parliament to vote for launching the European Union’s Article 7 procedure against Hungary, saying that…

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Blue in the face, and other colours

One face is staring at another face in the gallery. The first face is simply a visitor, come to look at the exhibition of paintings….

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Arts all year in two of continent’s gems

Next year’s two European Capitals of Culture will be Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Matera in Italy. Two such cities do the honours each year and…

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The brief history of the month (September)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Donate blood in honour of terrorism victims

United States Ambassador David B. Cornstein, a native New Yorker, shares some personal reflections on the tragedy of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on…

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Art Deco on the Ringstrasse

Top-end hotels lay out the red carpet for their guests, if not literally, then certainly figuratively: a doorman in livery stands outside to do the…

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Presence of NATO officers and US military forces is worrying

Political analyst Omar Bennani explains how the presence of NATO officers and US military forces in the Maghreb region is worrying the countries there: The…

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Handicrafts and hardships

The Kingdom of Morocco is holding a Handicraft Week at the Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park from 7-16 September, while, in other news, it is…

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Loyalty recognised and celebrated

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus held its traditional annual party to celebrate the start of the business season. Guests at the event on September 4 included partners…

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Three countries holding hands for one cause

At 7pm on 23 August 1989, an estimated two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined hands, forming a human chain from Tallinn through…

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Serious reforms despite Russian aggression

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine since 2014 was highlighted when Ukrainian Ambassador to Hungary Liubov Nepop welcomed guests at a reception in the Museum of Military…

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Icon of democracy, social justice honoured

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa and the Municipality of the City of Budapest will co-host a Family Fun Walk in commemoration of…

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All well and good

Legend has it that Slovakia’s leading spa complex, the appropriately named Spa Island at Piešťany, originated when it was observed that a peacock with a…

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A rich natural and human environment

In his three years in Japan’s Okinawa Province from 2006, zoologist Zoltán Korsós visited 53 of the 140 or so islands in the Ryukyu Archipelago….

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Criminally satisfying

This is one of the most intriguing of the 30 or so “Maigret” books that we have read: a man calls on the Detective Chef…

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The brief history of the month (August)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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‘We are the future of Europe’

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has repeated his message that every European country has the right to protect its Christian culture and the traditional family model,…

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Josper is just the job

On this warm summer evening the score or so of tables on the restaurant’s outdoor cobble-stoned terrace are all occupied, and newly arriving diners are…

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“It must have been very interesting in Vienna back then… “

The writer Hermann Bahr hit the nail on the head when he came up with this observation on life in Vienna around 1900. Many of…

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Flag of freedom hoisted

Some 200 members of Hungary’s Indian community and friends of India gathered at the Residence in Budapest’s District II on August 15 for the annual…

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Ring the changes

Next year’s 34th Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix is set to occupy a full week rather than just a weekend, Minister of Foreign Affairs and…

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Debrecen at the wheel

German car manufacturer BMW is to build a EUR 1 billion-plus factory to make conventional and electric cars in Debrecen. Powered by WPeMatico

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Volunteers needed for the Nursery Project

“Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life and not something [we] do in [our] spare time.” Whether…

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Palanok pearl

Although steeped with much Hungarian history and legend, Palanok Castle has outlived the former empire and more during the course of its millennium. This remarkable…

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We meet on Astana Street

The Cities Mayors Forum “Global Silk Road” was held in Astana at the beginning of July, and highlighted the need for digitalising and cooperation between…

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More than beer and sausages

Germany gave the world the word schadenfreude, and some parts of the world were happy to throw it back at them when the Germans flopped…

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Common Roots and Historical Ties

Ambassador, Kazakhstan included Hungary in the first round of visa exceptions. Why is that? Powered by WPeMatico

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Astana Rising

Kazakhstan’s capital strives to be among the world’s smartest cities, a hub for financial services and a platform for solving international conflicts. A small delegation…

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Beat the heat!

Whether on a stick or in a croissant, whether in the flavours of strawberry, chocolate or plum pálinka, at temperatures above 30 degrees an ice-cream…

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16,000 steps to learn love

The Bishops of Passau in Germany, Székesfehérvár in Hungary and Szatmárnémeti in Romania decided to organise a youth meeting every three years. One thousand three…

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Something special in meat

The dream of all carnivores has finally come true! Or at the very least, since March there is a place in the Hungarian capital that…

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Memories of Hungary in Algeria

From the street looking into the pub, the many different things hanging on the walls are exciting enough to feel an invitation and walk in:…

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Turkish Cyprus has its delights

Our guide shows us several of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ many attractions – historic sites, nice beaches and unspoilt scenery, timeless villages and…

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‘Qualitative leap’ in Moroccan-Hungarian ties

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mrs Karima Kabbaj, hosted a reception in Budapest Marriott Hotel on July 30 to celebrate the 19th anniversary…

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Letter to the Editor

On July 24, 2018, the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) held an Extraordinary Council meeting to cancel the 1st East Asian Youth Games (“EAYG”) in…

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Budapest’s Zsidai group’s overseas expansion continues in Marbella, Spain

Zsidai Gastronomy Group is a family business that runs 20 restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and two luxury boutique hotels in Budapest, Vienna and Marbella. The…

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The story of a book

One of the less obvious tourist sites in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the former house of critically hailed British novelist, poet, humourist…

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Fearlessly into the ’forbidden’ land

In November 2017, The Budapest Times innocently accepted an invitation to a reception to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic…

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Where impossibilities seem commonplace

Walking down a city street in India one day (it may have been Bombay and it may have been 1973; so long ago – no…

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Waliczky explores range of visual perception

New-media artist Tamás Waliczky’s project “Cameras – Imaginary Cameras and Other Optical Devices” has been selected to represent Hungary at the 58th Venice Biennale in…

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Stronger when we are together: French diplomat

France’s Ambassador-designate to Hungary, Mrs Pascale Andréani, welcomed guests to her country’s National Day reception at the Residence in Buda on July 14. Mrs Andréani…

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Islamophobia ’not major issue in Hungary’

Turkey’s Ambassador to Hungary, Ahmet Akif Oktay, says he is not worried about any anti-Moslem sentiment in Hungary, and while Islamophobia is a problem in…

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Liszt collection on rare public display

As his fame grew, Franz Liszt received more and more musical scores from hopeful fellow composers, leading him to send a message to German music…

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Egyptian national day celebrated

The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt held a reception in the Museum of Military History on July 10 on the occasion of the…

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Similar story, different adjective

OK, we confess. We are addicted, there is a monkey on our back. Each month now, as Penguin reissues the latest of the 75 “Maigret”…

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Art through suffering

Just for a few moments, in the series of windowless rooms, there is a real feeling that we are not in Budapest in 2018 but…

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Bilateral relationship ‘can be best it has ever, ever been’

Newly arrived United States of America Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein was pressed into public action quickly, hosting the official Independence Day celebration at…

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Healing amid hardship

Doctor Anna Jakkel, of Kecskemét, has made six visits to Africa on a voluntary basis to help with medical prorblems there, and a selection of…

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Soaking up some summer

This year’s longest day fell on June 22 – the date varies slightly each year – and the occasion was celebrated at InterContinental® Budapest with…

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Crooks and Hungarian folklore

Whether Urban Betyár is a restaurant that includes a museum or a museum with a restaurant attached is a question that can only be answered…

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Light snacks on the go

Enjoying food should be the most natural thing in the world but it is a problem for many. Especially if you cannot eat everything. Dropping…

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The brief history of the month

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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My Budapest

Hardly a week goes by without someone asking me for advice on where to eat and what to do in Budapest. Usually it’s friends asking…

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Orbán firm on Fortress Hungary

The state has a duty to act against the organisation of illegal migration, a crime that harms national security interests, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has…

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Lights, music 3D

Do you find miniature golf a bit bourgeois? Or just something for aging hotel facilities? Then you have not tried the newest mini-golf course in…

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Jewish leader denies attack

In reply to a letter by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) said he had never made the…

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Jobbik split brewing

The radical nationalist Jobbik party has elected as leader Tamas Sneider, seen as the more moderate of the two candidates. Sneider garnered 298 votes, or…

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Honeymoon on bikes

When they left Hungary, they did not know in which direction or how lengthy their travel would be. They did not know how long their…

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EU concern on education, media

The European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) has made several serious criticisms about the situation in Hungary. The committee voted 13-4 to approve…

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Where to wet your whistle

The craft beer trend has also arrived in Hungary. This is proven not only by the many new microbreweries founded in recent years but also…

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Szijjártó backs robust EU

Hungary has a vested interest in a strong and successful Europe, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a conference, where Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist…

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Birthday gala of the Aikido kids

The uninitiated might not know the name Uesiba Morihei, but for many millions of his followers all over the world he is known as Osensei…

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A festival a month

The outdoor summer festival season will soon be in full swing. In June, the Telekom Volt festival awaits those keen on the slightly more alternative…

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New US Ambassador to back democracy, deter anti-Semitism

US President Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Hungary, David B. Cornstein, has told his nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that…

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Much blood will flow

Finally, we have received our replacement copy of “Maigret in Court”, which readers may recall was stolen at a diplomatic function in Budapest, probably by…

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Book a date with super luxury

They are gone now – the sultans such as Suleyman the Magnificent who wielded absolute power over the two empires that lasted for more than…

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Philippines ambassador has hope of peace

Ambassador Maria Fe T. Pangilinan of the Philippines hosted a reception to celebrate the 120th anniversary of her nation’s Proclamation of Independence, at the Museum…

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Back through centuries in a few tram stops

At least 50 pencil-thin minarets can be seen from the wraparound balcony of our corner room on the top 7th floor. They pop up everywhere…

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Music, dance, food, fashion – the Indian way

Twenty-one locations in Hungary will host activities when the Indian Embassy holds the third Ganga-Danube Cultural Festival and the fourth International Day of Yoga on…

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Indonesian children to share in adventures in Pécs

A children’s book by Hungarian author Erika Bartos has been translated into Indonesian in a project handled directly by the Ambassador of Indonesia, Wening Esthyprobo,…

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‘Global situation is unstable, dangerous’

The Norwegian constitution was adopted on this day 204 years ago, by a national assembly of 112 elected men. Its democratic principles have been with…

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India on display

A composite event to promote India’s States, particularly their economic, culinary and tourism potential, was coupled with a food pairing and wine-tasting event at the…

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Counterculture, celebrity and capitalism

When Jann Wenner asked investigative reporter Joe Hagan in 2013 to write his biography, they came to a critical agreement – the book would be…

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Revolución de Mayo of 1810 celebrated

The Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, Maximiliano Gregorio-Cernadas, and Mrs. Cecilia Scalisi de Gregorio-Cernadas hosted a reception on the occasion of the National Day of…

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On the waterfront

The outside isn’t completely left behind when you go through the revolving door to the inside, and that’s the way it’s designed to be –…

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Thunder and lightening

Nick Cave is a Bad Seed. That’s a simple statement but one often ignored. In the standard nomenclature of rock’n’roll, where acts are classified front…

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Cargo City, parking garage and a new terminal

For years the passenger numbers of Liszt Ferenc International Airport have been growing steadily. Since 2015 the annual growth has always been in double digits,…

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On a culinary journey to foreign countries

The choice of places that invite to a cozy brunch on Sunday is truly excellent in the Hungarian capital. While most bistros and cafés offer…

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Creativity from the cellar

Anyone can exhibit in the Jancsó Art Gallery – that’s part of the concept. And so since 2014 art from all kinds of artists, times…

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A fashion brand between two continents

While outside everything is grey and grey, if you believe what the trend oracles at the Pantone Color Institute say, the winter season of 2017/2018…

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Through Hungary to Europe, through Algeria to Africa

The Algerian and the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a Budapest visit for Algerian businessmen. The aim of the meeting at the end…

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Tasty Asian food: can do

The cuisine of Asia has long been well represented on the Hungarian street-food market, but now it seems that it is gradually gaining a foothold…

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki horror revisited

At the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, they are posing the question of how many times could the world be destroyed by the…

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10 things not everyone knows

Mummified kings and subterranean caves? Hungary possesses a number of lesser-known secrets. Its fairy-tale architecture, abundant thermal springs and enchanting, folklore-steeped history give it an…

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One last blast of musical magic

On August 29, 1966, The Beatles ended a US tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, and then declared there would be more concerts….

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Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad were presented with the recognition established on the 25th anniversary of the Best of Budapest & Hungary Awards

The 25th Best of Budapest & Hungary gala was hosted on April 14, 2018, at the Budapest Congress Centre, recognising the best of the Hungarian…

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A wellness wonderland

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On the trail of the stolen book

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Horseback sport hammers home its message

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On a need-to-know basis

There’s an old truism that journalists should know a lot about a little and a little about a lot. It applies to other people too,…

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