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‘Semi-fascist’ attack on minorities: Hungarian official slams Ukraine’s education reform

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A Hungarian official has branded Ukraine’s education law “semi-fascist,” saying it “tramples” on the rights of minority citizens living in the neighboring country to have access to education in their own language. Gergey Guiyash, who heads Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s administration, used the harsh words during a media conference in Budapest on Thursday. Also Read More

Russia’s biggest automaker AvtoVaz negotiating exports to Iran

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Major Russian car producer AvtoVaz is in talks with Tehran over the sale and assembly of its cars there, Viktor Kladov, the director of international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s state corporation Rostec, has said. “Avtovaz has been assembling its cars in Egypt,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Aero India 2019 Read More

Uber agrees to pay VAT in Egypt: tax chief

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Uber has agreed to pay value-added tax on its services in Egypt, Egyptian officials said on Monday, a move that may help resolve a long-simmering feud with traditional taxi drivers. A man walks near a banner of ride-sharing app Uber during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lena Masri Read More

Slovenian MP resigns after admitting to ‘social experiment’ sandwich theft

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A member of Slovenia’s parliament has resigned after fessing up to stealing a sandwich from a shop in Ljubljana, claiming that frustration over inattentive staff prompted the hoagie heist. Darij Krajcic, a member of the ruling Marjan Sarec List (LMS), told Slovenian media that he walked out of a supermarket without paying for a sandwich Read More

EU will dissolve like Soviet Union unless Europeans ‘wake up’, George Soros warns

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The “sleeping pro-Europe majority” must “wake up” before the EU goes the way of the Soviet Union, billionaire George Soros has warned, adding that Europe’s political parties must give the bloc’s interests first priority. Pro-EU political parties must rally support ahead of crucial European Parliament elections in May, the Hungarian-American businessman and controversial influencer wrote Read More

China on gold-buying spree amid global push to end US dollar dominance

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Beijing has joined the global gold rush, increasing its gold reserves for two months in a row to 59.94 million ounces. China has long been silent on its holdings of gold as many countries are turning away from the greenback. China’s national gold reserves rose by 0.38 million ounces (nearly 12 tons) at the end Read More

Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S.

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned U.S. allies on Monday against deploying equipment from Chinese telecoms gear manufacturer Huawei on their soil, saying it would make it more difficult for Washington to “partner alongside them”. The United States and its Western allies believe Huawei Technologies’ apparatus could be used for espionage, and Read More