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Slovakia slaps emergency checks on Polish beef

Bratislava - Slovakia on Friday decided to slap checks on beef imports from Poland after veterinarians in the neighbouring Czech Republic found the dangerous salmonella bacteria in a batch of Polish meat.

Protests mark a year since Slovak journalist's murder

Bratislava - Tens of thousands of Slovaks rallied Thursday to mark a year since the gangland-style murder of a journalist probing corruption sparked a crisis that forced the prime minister to quit.

Slovak farmers clog capital protesting alleged EU subsidy fraud

Bratislava - Farmers clogged Slovakia's capital Bratislava with around 100 tractors on Tuesday in protest against alleged fraud in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by journalist Jan Kuciak who was murdered a year ago.

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to save face Tuesday after a summit with four central European nations was cancelled over a Holocaust-linked dispute with Poland, instead holding meetings with the remaining three leaders.

Pompeo in Slovakia on latest stop to curb Russia, China

Bratislava - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday visited Slovakia on the latest stop on a Central European tour aimed at curbing the growing influence of Russia and China.

Pompeo seeks to end Hungary's eastward drift on Europe trip

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is hoping to stall inroads of Russian and Chinese influence as he visits two of the European Union's most quarrelsome members, Hungary and Poland.

Eastern EU states, Israel to meet as Netanyahu seeks re-election

Warsaw - Leaders of four eastern European states will meet with Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem later this month, the Czech and Slovak governments said on Thursday, as the Israeli prime minister is to bid for re-election in April.

UN chief names veteran diplomat to be Lebanon envoy

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Jan Kubis, who has led UN missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, to be the new UN special coordinator in Lebanon, the UN announced Wednesday.

Slovakia seals its largest-ever arms deal

Bratislava - Slovakia will purchase 14 US-made F-16 war planes in the NATO member's largest-ever military purchase, the prime minister said Wednesday, dropping his earlier objection to the deal.

Hundreds protest detention of Greenpeace activists in Slovakia

Bratislava - Hundreds protested in Bratislava on Monday against the detention without bail of 12 Greenpeace activists who staged a protest at Slovakia's largest brown coal mine, a move that the EU country's president and premier have both criticised.

Slovak government clashes over largest-ever arms purchase

Bratislava - Slovakia's prime minister clashed with the defence ministry on Friday over a deal to acquire US-made F-16 war planes in what is slated as the NATO member's biggest military purchase.

Poorer EU states could spend more on post-Brexit budget: Slovak PM

Bratislava - Slovakia's prime minister said on Thursday that poorer EU members were willing to increase their contributions to the bloc's post-Brexit budget to keep development and agricultural spending at current levels.

Slovak activists in park bench protest over Hungary homeless law

Bratislava - Slovak activists on Thursday transformed segmented park benches in Bratislava into comfortable places to sleep in a silent protest against a law in EU neighbour Hungary criminalising homelessness."These segmented benches prevent people from lying down....

Bridges heal World War I wounds of Slovak-Hungarian city

- The bridges across the river Danube connecting Komarom in Hungary to Komarno in Slovakia are today the epitome of a borderless Europe -- but their appearance belies the tensions that stretch back a century, and which have only recently been calmed.

Macron accuses Hungarian, Polish leaders of 'lying' about EU

Bratislava - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday went from measured criticism against Hungary and Poland to anger, accusing their leaders "lying" to their people about the European Union.

Macron rejects calls to halt Saudi arms sales over Khashoggi

Bratislava - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday brushed off pressure to halt lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying such calls were "pure demagoguery".

Stopping Saudi arms sales over Khashoggi 'pure demagoguery', Macron says

Bratislava - Halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be "pure demagoguery", French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday.The sale of weapons "has nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi.

Leaders gather to mark centenary of Czechoslovakia's creation

Prague - German, French and US leaders will visit Prague over the next three days for ceremonies marking a century since the creation of Czechoslovakia, the precursor of the modern Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Suspect paid 70,000 euros for Slovak journalist murder: prosecutor

Bratislava - A female suspect paid tens of thousands of euros for the murder of a Slovak journalist whose death triggered mass protests and toppled a prime minister, a prosecutor said Monday.

Fourth person charged in Slovak journalist's murder

Bratislava - A 44-year-old woman was charged in the murder of a Slovak journalist, the prosecutor's office said Sunday in a case that sent thousands into the streets and toppled a prime minister."We can confirm that a woman identified as A. Z.

Slovak police detain suspects in journalist murder: lawyer

Bratislava - Slovak police detained several people suspected of involvement in the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, his family's lawyer said Thursday, months after the reporter's violent death and his exposure of alleged high-level corruption sent sho...

Czechs protest government 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

Prague - Czechs and Slovaks on Tuesday marked 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring" democratic reform drive, while protesters used the anniversary to rail against the current Czech government's ties to the Communist Party.

Bulgarian memories of Prague Spring: 'We weren't aggressors'

Sofia - Bulgarian soldiers who took part in crushing the 1968 Prague Spring democracy movement under orders from Moscow bristle at being considered aggressors.

When Czechoslovaks cracked jokes in the face of Soviet tanks

Prague - Even when Soviet tanks invaded their country on August 21, 1968, to wipe out a pro-democracy movement, Czechoslovaks managed to maintain their unique sense of humour.

Soviet army nearly 'battled' US filmmakers in Prague Spring

Davle - Propaganda-fuelled Soviet soldiers were ready to take on American and German armies during the 1968 invasion of former Czechoslovakia -- before they realised the "enemies" were filmmakers.

Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crush the Prague Spring

Paris - In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring.

Prague invasion sparked first dissident protest on Red Square

Moscow - In a symbolic gesture on August 25, 1968, that launched the political dissident movement, eight people demonstrated on Moscow's Red Square against the Soviet authorities sending tanks into Prague.

Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia claimed over 400 lives

Prague - The day that Soviet-led armies rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to put an end to a pro-democracy movement changed Milan Tesar's life."I saw tanks coming down this road here.

Prague Spring: AFP reports on the Soviet invasion

Paris - At dawn on August 21, 1968, residents of Prague were shocked to find their city occupied by Soviet tanks.

Slovakia denies 'intentional' involvement in Vietnam oil exec kidnapping

Bratislava - Slovakia on Friday denied it knowingly took part in the kidnapping last year of a Vietnamese oil executive from Berlin after media reports claimed a government plane was used in the abduction.
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