Pressure is mounting on Hungary’s right-wing government after it adopted a law that would effectively shut down Central European University, an institution founded by the Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros shortly after the fall of Communism.
An American official and a United Nations expert on Tuesday joined European Union officials in expressing grave concern about the law, which was rushed through Parliament by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Budapest on Sunday to urge President Janos Ader not to sign the law, but on Monday he did just that.
A video shows Prime Minister Theresa May being evacuated from Westminster just yards from where Khalid Masood made his assault on Parliament in Wednesday’s terror attack. The video shows that Masood got much closer to the prime minister than was initially thought.
While Masood was being shot by police in a park in front of Parliament, May was getting into her car just yards away, separated only by a reportedly open archway and a stretch of tarmac.
Beautiful Budapest is home to stunning bridges, sweeping boulevards and packed with history in every quarter. Here are the 10 top Budapest attractions for you to see.
The might Danube runs below the Chain Bridge
1. The mighty Danube River runs through the city from north to south splitting it into two and is the reason it’s called the ‘capital of bridges’. Many were rebuilt following their destruction during the Second World War and are an integral part of the Budapest’s character. Make sure to walk across the Chain Bridge, adorned with majestic lions.
2. If you walk along the banks of the river from Chain Bridge towards Parliament, you’ll come upon a very moving sculpture memorial to the many Jews who died in Budapest during a short period towards the end of the World War II. It’s called Shoes on the Danube in tribute to those shot into the river at the hands of Fascist Arrow Cross militiamen.
3. Browse the stalls at the ‘Kosponti Vasarcsarnok’ or central market, located at the Pest end of Liberty Bridge. This three-storey hall is as grand as it is vast and buzzes with tourists and locals alike in search of speciality foods, jams, liqueurs and spices.
4. Escape to Margaret Island, once known as the ‘Island of the Rabbits’ and used as a harem during the Turkish occupation. The island is now a much-loved green park in the middle of the Danube. Walking the length of the island, with its romantic pathways and medieval ruins, takes about 20 minutes.
5. Take advantage of a free walking tour – there are several on offer to suit all tastes. The ‘original’ takes in all the major sites from Gresham Palace to the Fisherman’s Bastion, while the fascinating Communism walk provides a fascinating account of life in the city pre and post Iron Curtain.
6. Take in a panoramic view of the city by climbing Gellert Hill. Stretching to a height of 235 metres, walking to the top should take you around 15 minutes. Here you’ll also find the Citadel and Liberty Statue.
7. Visit the beautiful St Stephen’s Basilica which, with a capacity of 8,500 people, is the biggest church in Budapest. It took more than 50 years to complete construction and the dome is 96 metres high. Climbing to the observation deck ensures you amazing views, but there is a nominal fee for this.
8. Watch the world go by in the impressive Heroes’ Square. Laid out in 1896 to commemorate Hungary’s thousandth anniversary the square is flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the ‘Kuntshalle’ (Hall of Art).
9. Pay your respects at the reconstructed tomb of Gül Baba and its beautiful surrounding rose garden. This is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims and you must remove your shoes before entering. It’s located in Rose Hill, one of Budapest’s richest neighbourhoods.
10. Okay this last one isn’t technically ‘free’ – just a total bargain. For one night only each year, so long as you time your visit for June, for the cost of one single ticket you can channel you inner Ben Stiller and spend a night at one of Budapest’s many fascinating museums. Institutions taking part in this year’s ‘Night of the Museums’ include the Hungarian National Gallery and famed House of Terror Museum.
All are suspected of being part of, or supporting, the banned Islamic extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, the Met says
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is understood to be one of nine men arrested today as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism.
The men, who were all seized in London, were arrested on suspicion of being members of, or supporting, a banned organisation, the Metropolitan Police said.
Al-Muhajiroun is understood to be the banned organisation in question.
Counter-terrorism police searched 18 addresses across London, and one in Stoke on Trent.
More addresses are expected to be targeted throughout the day.
Scotland Yard said the men, who are aged between 22 and 51, were arrested as “part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism and are not in response to any immediate public safety risk”.
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