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In the House of Terror, one of Budapest’s most popular tourist attractions, two mannequins’ torsos stand back to back on a rotating platform, one wearing the uniform of Hungary’s communist secret police, the other that of the Arrow Cross fascist party. They bear mute testimony to the traumas of 20th-century history in this corner of Europe. Mária Schmidt, the museum’s director, says she would like to show her display to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, thus reminding her that in 1945 Hungary was occupied by the two most brutal totalitarian regimes of the last century in the space of a single year. This would, she believes, explain why the country remains fiercely proud of its independence and suspicious of “neocolonial attitudes” towards eastern Europe from Brussels.

“We are Hungarians, and we want to preserve our culture,” Schmidt says, sitting in the museum’s boardroom. “We don’t want to copy what the Germans are doing or what the French are doing. We want to continue with our own way of life.” When the German chancellor visited Budapest in 2009, Schmidt claims she sent her an invitation to a commemorative event but got no response. “There is only one explanation for this,” she says. “She has a heart of ice.”

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Pink Is Battling The Flu, And Reportedly ‘Had A Really Tough Time’ Making It Through Pre-Super Bowl Rehearsal

Oh no!!!

Pink is all set to sing the National Anthem tomorrow right before Super Bowl LII kicks off in Minneapolis, but she’s in the midst of battling a particularly vicious flu bug, and she’s having serious trouble singing and beating back the sickness this weekend!!

Related: Pink Landed On This Week’s Worst-Dressed List…

According to TMZ sources, Pink had “a really tough time” making it through her rehearsal of the anthem on Thursday night, and apparently “everyone involved” with the production felt rehearsal went poorly by the time it ended.

To make matters worse, Pink tried to power through a pre-Super Bowl concert on Friday up in Minneapolis, but she had to dial things back and let her backup singers and the audience do the work for her at multiple points throughout the show.

At one point, Pink even cut off her track Beautiful Trauma while referencing her sickness and telling the crowd (below):

“I can’t do it. I hate this … I can’t do that song. I’m sorry.”

Ugh!!!

What a bad time for the flu to hit!!!

No word yet on if there’s a backup plan for the anthem singer if Pink is truly unable to go on game day tomorrow — it sounds like she’s still adamant that she’s going to sing and will do her best, though.

She added on Instagram last night (below):

Trying to practice the flu away. I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song. And now, my chance has finally come. And it just so happens that this chance comes when I have two small Petri dish kids who literally cough INTO MY MOUTH and rub their snot on my cheek. You can’t write this stuff I swear! And here we are. I’ve arrived at another one of my dreams which is slowly becoming a sort of nightmare. I will tell you, this is one of the biggest honors of my life, singing this song in front of my family, my military family, my dad and brother and step mama and family and the world. And the EAGLES!?!?! I promise I will do my best, as I always do. As far as the gremlins that got me into this mess, you can cough at me for the rest of your lives. If it’s a contest, babies, you win. #spreadthelove #spreadthegerms #pleasegivememyvoiceback #ificansingimgonnakillitA post shared by P!NK (@pink) on Feb 3, 2018 at 12:37am PST

We’ll see if anything changes tomorrow, but for now… everybody send good wishes to Pink for a LOT of rest tonight and hopefully a little bit of recovery ahead of the big pre-game anthem tomorrow!!!

Get well soon, Pink!!!

[Image via Instagram.]

Federal Judge Halts Deportation Of Indonesian Christians In New Jersey

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted deportation proceedings against Indonesian Christians who are in the U.S. illegally but are seeking to gain legal status, including one man honored for his work helping to rebuild more than 200 homes after Superstorm Sandy.

The order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and applies to Indonesians who have orders of removal dating to before 2009.

The order affects roughly 50 people in New Jersey who had identified themselves to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2009 as part of a program to obtain work authorization and stays of deportation, according to the ACLU and Seth Kaper-Dale, co-pastor of a church where some of the immigrants sought sanctuary.

The lawsuit came after several enforcement actions by immigration authorities in New Jersey that targeted Indonesian Christians and rekindled fears in a community that includes people who left Indonesia years ago to escape religious persecution.

Read More: Undocumented Immigrants Seeking Sanctuary At New Jersey Church Claim Their Homes Are Being Ransacked

Two men were arrested last month after they dropped their children off at school. Harry Pangemanan, who has been in the country since 1993 and lives with his wife and two daughters in central New Jersey, sought sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, where he is an elder and where he spent nine months in 2012 under similar circumstances.

Two other men, Arthur Jemmy and Yohanes Tasik, already were living there to avoid detention.

“The response from Harry and Arthur and Yohanes was tears, honestly, and just a big sense of relief,” Rev. Kaper-Dale told WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp.

The men feared being deported and facing torture back home.

“These are all individuals who escaped the collapse of the Suharto regime in the late ‘90s, and the bloodbath that ensued that was largely targeted against ethnic Chinese Christians,” said Kaper-Dale. “Folks came here, they overstayed VISAs.”

Salas ordered both sides to file briefs over the next month.

“There’s no promise in that order that says that ICE cannot detail individuals, but we would hope that the spirit of the ruling would lead ICE to exercise tremendous discretion,” Kaper-Dale added.

A spokesman for ICE’s Newark office didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

Pangemanan has been staying in a room that doubles as a children’s library at the church and had to move his belongings when the library is in use. His family joined him recently after their home was broken into and vandalized after his name was included in news reports.

“We are trying to stay strong as a family, take one day at a time,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press last week. “You do your best today, do something useful, and tomorrow is in god’s hands.”

Pangemanan came to the country in 1993 on a tourist visa that was to lapse in five years, he said. His wife came in 1998 during a period of turmoil in Indonesia when Christians were being targeted. They cite that as one reason for not going back.

“A thousand churches were burned to the ground between 1996 and 2003,” said Kaper-Dale, of the Highland Park church. “Some islands are safer than others, but it’s too simple to say it’s safe now.”

Pangemanan concedes he didn’t know enough about immigration law when he first arrived, and wasn’t aware he had one year to apply for asylum. At the time, it didn’t seem to matter.

“Nobody asked you, as long as you are a good man, you work hard and help your company, and you pay your taxes,” he said. “You’re working like everybody else, you don’t bother anybody. Then everything changed after Sept. 11.”

Working through the church after Sandy devastated the New Jersey coast in 2012, Pangemanan organized more than 2,000 volunteers, matching their skills with the needs of homeowners whose homes had been destroyed. He said he traveled to other areas of the country to perform similar work, including the Carolinas, West Virginia and Texas.

A system put in place after Sept. 11 required non-citizen men and boys from predominantly Arab or Muslim-majority countries to register and be photographed and fingerprinted.

Pangemanan and Jemmy said they complied, and have repeatedly tried to gain legal status since then, without success.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Federal Judge Halts Deportation Of Indonesian Christians In New Jersey

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted deportation proceedings against Indonesian Christians who are in the U.S. illegally but are seeking to gain legal status, including one man honored for his work helping to rebuild more than 200 homes after Superstorm Sandy.

The order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and applies to Indonesians who have orders of removal dating to before 2009.

The order affects roughly 50 people in New Jersey who had identified themselves to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2009 as part of a program to obtain work authorization and stays of deportation, according to the ACLU and Seth Kaper-Dale, co-pastor of a church where some of the immigrants sought sanctuary.

The lawsuit came after several enforcement actions by immigration authorities in New Jersey that targeted Indonesian Christians and rekindled fears in a community that includes people who left Indonesia years ago to escape religious persecution.

Read More: Undocumented Immigrants Seeking Sanctuary At New Jersey Church Claim Their Homes Are Being Ransacked

Two men were arrested last month after they dropped their children off at school. Harry Pangemanan, who has been in the country since 1993 and lives with his wife and two daughters in central New Jersey, sought sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, where he is an elder and where he spent nine months in 2012 under similar circumstances.

Two other men, Arthur Jemmy and Yohanes Tasik, already were living there to avoid detention.

“The response from Harry and Arthur and Yohanes was tears, honestly, and just a big sense of relief,” Rev. Kaper-Dale told WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp.

The men feared being deported and facing torture back home.

“These are all individuals who escaped the collapse of the Suharto regime in the late ‘90s, and the bloodbath that ensued that was largely targeted against ethnic Chinese Christians,” said Kaper-Dale. “Folks came here, they overstayed VISAs.”

Salas ordered both sides to file briefs over the next month.

“There’s no promise in that order that says that ICE cannot detail individuals, but we would hope that the spirit of the ruling would lead ICE to exercise tremendous discretion,” Kaper-Dale added.

A spokesman for ICE’s Newark office didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

Pangemanan has been staying in a room that doubles as a children’s library at the church and had to move his belongings when the library is in use. His family joined him recently after their home was broken into and vandalized after his name was included in news reports.

“We are trying to stay strong as a family, take one day at a time,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press last week. “You do your best today, do something useful, and tomorrow is in god’s hands.”

Pangemanan came to the country in 1993 on a tourist visa that was to lapse in five years, he said. His wife came in 1998 during a period of turmoil in Indonesia when Christians were being targeted. They cite that as one reason for not going back.

“A thousand churches were burned to the ground between 1996 and 2003,” said Kaper-Dale, of the Highland Park church. “Some islands are safer than others, but it’s too simple to say it’s safe now.”

Pangemanan concedes he didn’t know enough about immigration law when he first arrived, and wasn’t aware he had one year to apply for asylum. At the time, it didn’t seem to matter.

“Nobody asked you, as long as you are a good man, you work hard and help your company, and you pay your taxes,” he said. “You’re working like everybody else, you don’t bother anybody. Then everything changed after Sept. 11.”

Working through the church after Sandy devastated the New Jersey coast in 2012, Pangemanan organized more than 2,000 volunteers, matching their skills with the needs of homeowners whose homes had been destroyed. He said he traveled to other areas of the country to perform similar work, including the Carolinas, West Virginia and Texas.

A system put in place after Sept. 11 required non-citizen men and boys from predominantly Arab or Muslim-majority countries to register and be photographed and fingerprinted.

Pangemanan and Jemmy said they complied, and have repeatedly tried to gain legal status since then, without success.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Lady GaGa Cancels Final Ten Joanne World Tour Dates, Citing Medical Reasons

Medical reasons are forcing Lady GaGa to cut short the final leg of her Joanne World Tour, impacting ten concert dates in several European countries and Brazil.

The announcement from GaGa came down overnight, with the superstar sharing it to her social media accounts and revealing that intense pain was plaguing her performances.

Video: GaGa Performs Joanne & Million Reasons At The Grammys!

In total, the final ten tour dates for the Joanne album tour have been nixed completely, with GaGa explaining (below):

“I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it. All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home. We’re canceling the last 10 shows of my Joanne World Tour. I love this show more than anything, and I love you, but this is beyond my control. London, Manchester, Zurich, Koln, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin. And Rio. I promise I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first. I love you, forever. XX Gaga.”

Sad!

In full, she broke the news on Twitter (below):

And then, she added more to her Instagram account this weekend, as well (below):

A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on Feb 2, 2018 at 11:10pm PST

And she followed it up with a boomerang video on her IG account, showing off her love to her fans and thanking them for their support (below):

I love you, monsters ❤️A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on Feb 2, 2018 at 11:14pm PST

All we can hope for is that she feels better again very soon!

Related: Wait… Is Lady GaGa Married?!

Rest up, Lady GaGa — your personal well-being must come first, and you should take this time to get healthy and rested once again!!

Sending lots of love!

[Image via WENN.]

Cardi B Wants You To Know She Is Not Pregnant — She’s ‘Just Getting Fat’!

Well… in case you were wondering, Cardi B is here to set the record straight!!!

The Bodak Yellow superstar posted a video to her Instagram account this weekend, and when one fan commented that it looked like Cardi might be pregnant… the rapper came down hard in a way like only she could do!!!

Related: Cardi B Stepped Up When Amazon’s Alexa Lost Her Voice!

First things first, though… here’s the IG post in question to see for yourself (below):

@ozunapr @himusichiflow @anuel_2blea @chrisjeday I DONT THINK THEY READY FOR THE whole REMIX

Average transaction prices climb to a record $36,270 in January

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It’s thanks to crossover, SUV, and truck sales.

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