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Slovenia suspends tougher EU border checks after traffic chaos

Ljubljana - Slovenia said Saturday it temporarily suspended beefed-up checks on the EU's external border hours after the new regulation -- aimed at stopping suspected Islamist fighters returning from Iraq and Syria -- came into force.

Grapes of wrath sour Slovenia-Croatia relations

Ljubljana - Visiting Slovenia this week, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will likely be offered Teran, a local variety of red wine. But it won't just be to delight the Luxembourger's palate.

Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown

Ljubljana - A 35-year-old nuclear plant in Slovenia was restarted Friday after it automatically shut down because of a water supply problem, its operator said."The unexpected malfunction was fixed...

Slovenia passes law allowing migrant border pushbacks

Ljubljana - Slovenia on Thursday approved a bill allowing police to seal the border with Croatia to migrants in case of a new influx along the so-called Balkan route, sparking condemnation from rights groups.

Popcorn, salami — and bemusement — in Melania Trump's hometown

Sevnica - Sevnica is a small town in a small country but on Friday that didn't stop local dignitaries making the most of its most famous daughter -- US First Lady Melania Trump.

Slovenia amends constitution to ensure right to water

Ljubljana - Green-friendly Slovenia amended its constitution on Thursday to ensure access to drinkable water was a fundamental right for all citizens and could not be commercialised.

Stars, stripes and singing in Melania Trump's hometown

Sevnica - The Stars and Stripes fluttered, champagne flowed and songs were sung Wednesday in Sevnica, the small Slovenian hometown of the next US First Lady Melania Trump, although mostly local residents were nonplussed.

Slovenia starts burial of WWII mass killing victims

Maribor - Slovenia on Thursday started burying the remains of some 800 alleged Nazi collaborators killed by communist forces in the aftermath of World War II, and discovered in a giant mine in 2009.

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Portoroz - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

Whaling nations vote down bid for South Atlantic sanctuary

Portoroz - Whaling nations defeated a renewed bid Tuesday by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century.

Putin avoids politics on historical Slovenia visit

Sveti Jurij - Russian President Vladimir Putin avoided any public mention of current tensions with the West as he paid a visit Saturday to EU and NATO member Slovenia, focusing on history not politics.

Rare 'baby dragon' hatches in Slovenia

Postojna - The strange, slithery creatures inside Slovenia's Postojna cave were once considered living proof that dragons existed, prompting locals to give it a wide berth.

Kayakers protest Balkans 'dam tsunami' in lake paddle

Ljubljana - More than 60 kayakers took to Slovenia's Lake Bohinj Saturday to kick off a 35-day environmental protest over plans to build dams on rivers in six Balkan countries.

Slovenia invites Putin to WWI event despite EU tensions

Ljubljana - Slovenia said on Monday it has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend a World War I commemoration event in spite of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Macedonia eyes joining NATO in wake of migrant crisis

Ljubljana - Macedonia Defence Minister Zoran Jolevski on Thursday said he hoped his country's "responsible" attitude to the migrant crisis would help accelerate its entry into NATO, something Greece has blocked until now.

Slovenia says ready to take migrants under EU quotas

Ljubljana - Slovenia, which this week closed its borders to migrants, will begin in April accepting refugees shared out among the European Union under its troubled quota scheme, the government said Thursday.

Balkan nations shut off migrant route to Europe

Ljubljana - The Balkan trail from Greece to northern Europe used by floods of migrants was blocked Wednesday after a string of nations slammed shut their borders, hiking pressure on the EU and Turkey to nail down a "game-changing" grand bargain.

EU's Tusk defends use of barbed wire against migrants

Dobova - EU president Donald Tusk on Wednesday defended the use of barbed-wire fences against migrants, saying that securing the outer borders of Europe's passport-free Schengen area was a "pre-condition" to solving the refugee crisis."I'm convinced that...

In a Slovenia cave a tense wait goes on for the birth of a dragon

Postojna - In southern Slovenia's Postojna Cave, biologists are awaiting the birth of an animal that gave rise to the legend of the "dragon's offspring."

Balkan nations cap migrant numbers as EU warns of 'disaster'

Ljubljana - Four Balkan countries on Friday announced a daily cap on migrant arrivals, deepening the crisis gripping the European Union, as Brussels warned of "disaster" if an upcoming summit with Turkey failed.
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