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Ten take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens today Special

Pittsburgh - Ten immigrants from nine different countries proudly stood and took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens on Sunday during a naturalization ceremony in downtown Pittsburgh.

Slovenia judge quits arbitration tribunal after tapping scandal

Ljubljana - Slovenian member of the arbitration tribunal created to solve a border dispute with Croatia, Jernej Sekolec, resigned Thursday after a media scandal showed he had breached the tribunal's rules of impartiality.

Slovenia gay pride warns same-sex marriage still in jeopardy

Ljubljana - Over a thousand people marched Saturday at Slovenia's 15th Gay Pride festival warning their fight was not over since a recently adopted bill legalising same-sex marriages could still be revoked in a referendum.

Technical problem shuts down Slovenian nuclear plant

Ljubljana - Slovenia's only nuclear plant Krsko said Thursday it has initiated a preventive shutdown over technical problems in the system for monitoring the temperature.

'Kingdom of Enclava' picks new spot on Croatia-Serbia border

Ljubljana - The world's youngest micronation, the self-proclaimed "Kingdom of Enclava", on Saturday announced it would settle on a new spot along the Croatian-Serbian border after learning that its initial chosen location was in fact on Slovenian territory.

'Kingdom of Enclava' part of Slovenia, Ljubljana says

Ljubljana - The world's latest micronation, the miniscule "Kingdom of Enclava" proclaimed by Polish tourists in April, is in fact part of Slovenia, officials in Ljubljana said Thursday.

Polish tourists proclaim new state — 'Kingdom of Enclava'

Metlika - Just weeks after a Czech politician created his own country, a group of Poles have declared a new state -- the "Kingdom of Enclava", on the border between Slovenia and Croatia.

Slovenian defence minister forced out over telecom scandal

Ljubljana - Slovenian Defence Minister Janko Veber was forced to step down by parliament Thursday over a telecom privatisation scandal that has plunged the country's seven-month-old coalition into chaos.

Slovenian parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage

Ljubljana - Slovenia's parliament voted Tuesday to legalise same-sex marriages and grant such unions equal rights to those of heterosexual couples.The bill was approved by a vote of 51 to 28 in the 90-seat parliament.

European bird populations in precipitous decline

Exeter - Over the last 30 years, bird populations Europe-wide have fallen drastically with the sharpest falls seen among the most common bird species.

Slovenia proposes little-known Bulc for EU Commission

Ljubljana - Slovenia's government on Friday put forward a little-known deputy premier, Violeta Bulc, to be part of the EU Commission following the rejection of former prime minister Alenka Bratusek by the bloc's parliament.

Tide of world opinion turning against Japan over whaling decision Special

Portoroz - The slow tide of world opinion is turning against Japan's recent decision earlier this month to flout international law and resume whaling in the antarctic in 2015. Especially after news came out about Japan's so-called "scientific research."

Whaling meeting heaps pressure on Japan - but rejects sanctuary bid

Portoroz - The world's whaling watchdog agreed Thursday to toughen scrutiny of Antarctic hunts which Japan conducts in the name of science, but rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic.

Whaling: Greenland hunt gets okay, Iceland blasted

Portoroz - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) gave aboriginal Greenlanders the go-ahead Monday to kill hundreds of whales even as Iceland came under fire for contravening a ban on commercial hunting.

Political newcomer Miro Cerar wins Slovenia snap polls

Ljubljana - The party of Slovenian political newcomer Miro Cerar, a law professor, won snap elections Sunday with 36.9 percent of the vote, exit polls released by private POP TV showed.

Gloomy Slovenians pin little hope on snap election

Murska Sobota - Jolanka Horvat has watched her home region of Pomurje, in Slovenia's northeast, slide deeper into poverty and joblessness over the past few years.

Slovenian PM resigns, opens way for snap polls

Ljubljana - Slovenia's Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigned on Monday after losing her party's leadership, opening the way for the troubled eurozone country's second early election in three years.

Slovenia PM to resign Monday, snap vote in June

Kranj - Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek said Saturday she has agreed with coalition partners to resign in order to create the conditions for early elections in June.

Fresh Slovenia turmoil as PM loses party leadership

Ljubljana - Political turmoil returned to Slovenia on Saturday after Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek lost the party leadership following 13 months in office that saw bailout fears ease in the small eurozone member.

Fresh Slovenia turmoil as PM loses party leadership

Kranj - Slovenia's Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek lost the leadership of her party after 13 months in office on Saturday, plunging the small eurozone country back into political turmoil.
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