Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Hungarians protest closure of opposition newspaper

Thousands of people in Hungary protested on Sunday against government corruption and to demand the preservation of press freedoms.

A rally called by civic groups and small opposition parties was held on Free Press Road, a location made more symbolic by last week's closure of the largest opposition newspaper.

Publishing company Mediaworks said the Nepszabadsag newspaper's "considerable" losses and falling readership led to closure. Its journalists are under contract but there's little chance the paper will reopen.

Journalist Miklos Hargitai said Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government was the only one since the 1990 end of the communist regime "which doesn't tolerate any control or criticism, not even questions."

Orban's Fidesz party insisted that the closure was a financial decision.

Migrants riot after ambulance delayed * Greek police say migrants living in a camp outside the northern city of Thessaloniki have rioted after a woman and her son were struck and killed by a car.

The riot started Sunday night after an ambulance was late to arrive. Camp residents claimed that they asked police to take the Kurdish Syrian woman, 35, and her son, 10, to a hospital and they refused.

Migrants blocked the road outside the camp, threw rocks at the police and set fire to two patrol cars. Police responded with tear gas and stun grenades. Calm has returned to the camp, home to 1,300 migrants.

Kuwait plans for new elections * Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmed on Sunday dissolved the National Assembly, clearing the way for early elections in the oil-producing Gulf country, the state news agency KUNA said. …

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