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Slovak vote on gay marriage, adoption ban a flop

Bratislava - A referendum intended to strengthen a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and adoption in socially conservative Slovakia fell flat Saturday with low turnout.

Slovak vote on same-sex marriage alarms rights activists

Bratislava - Rights activists are sounding the alarm over a referendum in EU-member Slovakia on Saturday designed to cement a constitutional ban on gay marriage, pointing to a rise in hate speech.

Op-Ed: In Slovakia, Christmas dinner is in the bathtub

It's always fun to learn about Christmas traditions around the world. In the U.S., most of us enjoy a turkey or holiday ham for our Christmas dinner, but in Eastern Europe, if you were there today, chances are you would find a carp in the bathtub.

Slovak train station's homeless now work there

Bratislava - Once their crash pad, now their office: seven homeless men who used to camp out at the Slovak capital's main train station are now its baggage porters.

Slovakia says freed Guantanamo inmates 'pose no risk'

Bratislava - The Guantanamo Bay prisoners released to Slovakia as part of efforts to empty the controversial US military detention centre pose no security risk, the Slovak interior ministry said Friday.

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.

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

Political novice tycoon wins Slovak presidential election

Bratislava - Andrej Kiska has been elected president of Slovakia in a runoff vote against the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, The surprise win by Kiska prevented Fico from obtaining even more power as his party controls parliament and he is prime minister.

Philanthropist elected first Slovak president since independence

Bratislava - Political newcomer and millionaire Andrej Kiska emerged out of nowhere to win a landslide in a presidential run-off, preventing veteran leftist Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico from tightening his grip on power.

Slovak PM duels philanthropist in final battle for presidency

Bratislava - Slovaks return to the polls on Saturday to choose their president in a fractious and tight run-off between Prime Minister Robert Fico and political newcomer and philanthropist, Andrej Kiska.

ECB ready to fight deflation with 'nonstandard measures'

Bratislava - The European Central Bank is prepared to combat deflationary risks threatening the recovery in the eurozone, Slovak central bank chief and ECB Governing Council member Josef Makuch said Tuesday."

Slovak PM and philanthropist in duel for presidency

Bratislava - Prime Minister Robert Fico and millionaire-philanthropist Andrej Kiska will face off March 29 in round two of Slovakia's presidential election after topping Saturday's duel focused on a power grab by Fico's leftists.Fico, a popular ex-communist, scored...

Slovak PM and philanthropist to vie for presidency

Bratislava - Prime Minister Robert Fico and millionaire-philanthropist Andrej Kiska will face off on March 29, in the second round of Slovakia's presidential election after clinching the top two spots in voting on Saturday.Fico scored 28 percent of the vote in roun...

Slovaks vote for president, with PM in power play

Bratislava - Slovaks head to the polls on Saturday for round one of a presidential election that Prime Minister Robert Fico is poised to win, sparking concern his leftist Social Democrats could monopolise power in the eurozone country.A victory for the ex-communist...

Slovakia suspends plan to nationalise health insurers

Bratislava - Slovakia's government on Wednesday suspended its plan to create a single state-owned health insurer and potentially nationalise the EU member's two private insurers."The healthcare ministry will not take further steps toward the introduction of a singl...

Rise of far-right sparks fear amid Slovak Roma

Brezno - Five little Roma boys braving the February chill in just T-shirts kick around a football in front of a ramshackle building in Brezno, central Slovakia, as their worried parents look on.Dasa Bucekova, a 40-year old mother of two, has had trouble sleepin...

Flying car spreads its wings in Slovakia

Bratislava - Mankind's primordial dream of flight is taking off with a new twist as a Slovak prototype of a flying car spreads its wings.

Slovak auto sector posts record output in 2013

Bratislava - Slovakia's auto sector posted record output of 980,000 vehicles in 2013 despite gloom in the European Union, its key export market, the industry said on Wednesday.

45 arrests made during international arms traffic sweep in France

Nearly 300 officers contributed to an international arms traffic sweep in France. 45 international traffickers were arrested on Monday, according to police.

European Central Bank interest rate reduction from .50% to .25%

The European Central Bank cuts interest rate from 0.50 percent to 0.25 percent. The historically low rate shows E.C.B.’s intentions to save the Euro but may have quickened the abolishment the Euro instead.
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