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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.

Slovenia sends army to help manage migrant flow on border

Ljubljana - The Slovenian parliament late Monday authorised the army to help police manage the flow of migrants crossing the Croatian border into Europe's Schengen passport-free zone, which has been rocked by the refugee crisis.

Thousands protest against Slovenia migrants' centre

Kranj - Thousands of people in Slovenia on Saturday protested against the proposed opening of a migrants' centre.Around 3,000 protesters, according to state Radio Slovenija, waved Slovenian flags and banners with slogans such as "Migrants' centre: no thanks!

Slovenia to clamp down on migrant border entries

Ljubljana - Slovenia said Sunday it would clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to enter the country, ahead of tougher measures set to be announced by neighbouring Austria later this week to slow down the influx.

Hungary, Slovenia urge fencing off of Greece to keep migrants out

Kranj - Hungary and Slovenia on Friday urged the erection of a fence along Greece's northern border, effectively sealing off the EU's passport-free Schengen area to migrants seeking to enter the bloc via the western Balkans.

Snow makes migrants' journey through Europe even harder

Sentilj - It's the first time that Arman Butt, a Pakistani man desperately seeking to reach western Europe, sees snow.But as the 30-year-old goes limp in the harsh chill, stuck at the Slovenian-Austrian border, he wishes it was not quite so cold.

Slovenians reject gay marriage law in low-turnout vote

Ljubljana - More than 60 percent of Slovenian voters opposed legalising gay marriage in a referendum marked by low turnout, according to near-complete results from the electoral commission.

Slovenians vote in marriage equality referendum

Koper - Slovenians voted Sunday in a referendum on whether the largely Catholic EU member will become Europe's first ex-communist country to allow same-sex marriage.More than 1.

Slovenia installs razor wire on Croatia border

Sveti Jurij - Slovenia began erecting razor wire along the border with fellow EU member Croatia on Wednesday in a move the government says will help it better manage a record influx of migrants.

Slovenia toughens border ahead of EU migrant summit

Ljubljana - Slovenia said Tuesday it will build "obstacles" on its border with Croatia, in a move that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said highlighted the urgency for the EU to stem the migrant influx on the eve of a summit in Malta.

Slovenia to tighten border control, fears unmanageable migrant wave

Ljubljana - Slovenian government said Monday it would take urgent measures to strengthen control of its Schengen border with Croatia, fearing an expected new wave of migrants would be scarcely manageable.
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