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Tiny bay makes waves in Slovenia-Croatia border row

Piran - Tourists tucking into their cuttlefish risotto have little idea that the local seafood delicacy was caught in waters subject to one of the EU's longest-standing border feuds opposing Slovenia and Croatia.

Slovenia hideouts spill Cold War secrets

Kocevje - Almost three decades after the end of the Cold War, secrets from the era of espionage and power games are now resurfacing in Slovenia.

No explosives found on easyJet plane diverted to Germany

Berlin - German police said Sunday that no explosives were found aboard a London-bound easyJet flight from Slovenia that was diverted to a west German airport after passengers overheard three men on board talking about "terrorist" activities.

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.

Swedish court jails mother and sons over fake mental disability

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Wednesday jailed a woman and her two adult sons for fraud after the elder brother pretended to be mentally disabled for more than a decade to receive social benefits.

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.

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.

Portugal's Guterres leads first-round vote for UN chief

New York - Antonio Guterres, Portugal's ex-prime minister who was UN refugee chief for 10 years, led the closely watched first straw poll vote Thursday to pick the next UN secretary-general, diplomats said.

Slovenian brown bear released in Pyrenees in survival plan

Barcelona - A brown bear imported from Slovenia has been released in Spain's northern Pyrenees mountains as part of a programme to ensure the species' survival in the region, local officials said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Fact file: Same-sex marriage around the world

Paris - Slovenians on Sunday shut down efforts by their national parliament to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples -- the second time they have voted in a referendum against changing the law.

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's fence on Croatia border threatening wildlife: WWF

Zagreb - A razor-wire fence rolled out by Slovenia on Croatia's border to block the path of migrants is seriously threating wildlife in the area, conservation group WWF warned Friday.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Plavac Mali from Bura on Peljesac.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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A part of Prevalje pod Krimom, a village in Brezovica municipality, Slovenia.
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Staša Cafuta Trček , editor of The Third Wine, at home among the vines.
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Piran is beautiful little coastal Slovenian town. Its century old port buildings have their architec...
Piran is beautiful little coastal Slovenian town. Its century old port buildings have their architectural roots in Venice, Italy.
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Panorama picture displays the stalagmite named 'Brilliant' which is the symbol of the cave. Picture taken November 2005.
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People demonstrating in the streets of Maribor, Slovenia.
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Slovenian neo-nazis infiltrate peaceful demonstration in Ljubljana.
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The dragon's offspring of Postojna Cave are really salamanders.
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Protests prior to Slovenia presidential elections  November 30  2012
Protests prior to Slovenia presidential elections, November 30, 2012
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Slovenia is a stunningly beautiful alpine country of approximately 2 million.
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In 2009, the Slovenian economy fell into recession and never quite recovered.
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The stunning vineyards of Haloze in Slovenia.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Kabaj Winery, Brda in Slovenia.
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