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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.

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 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.

Slovenia to hold gay marriage vote in December

Ljubljana - Slovenian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to hold a referendum in December on whether to implement legislation allowing gay marriage, an issue that has divided the central European nation.

Austria needs border barrier, insists interior minister

Vienna - Austria's interior minister on Thursday reiterated the need for some kind of "barrier" at its Slovenian border to control the record migrant influx, but eased off her call for an actual fence.

Slovenian villagers disgruntled in eye of migrant crisis

Dobova - As a helicopter whirrs over the Slovenian village of Dobova, discomfited residents look out over a rubbish-strewn enclosure where refugees sleep, play and try to keep warm by small fires.

EU will 'fall apart' if no quick action on migrants: Slovenia

Brussels - The European Union will "start falling apart" if it fails to take concrete action to tackle the migrant crisis within the next few weeks, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar warned Sunday.

Slovenia court allows referendum on halting gay marriage

Ljubljana - Slovenia's Constitutional Court on Thursday gave the go-ahead for a referendum on whether to implement legislation allowing gay marriage, an issue that has divided the central European nation.

Over 12,600 migrants arrive in Slovenia in 24 hours: Police

Ljubljana - More than 12,600 migrants arrived in Slovenia over a 24-hour period, police said, a record that surpasses even that in Hungary at the height of the crisis in September.

Slovenia blocks over 1,000 migrants at border

Ljubljana - Slovenian authorities said Monday they had refused to let in more than 1,000 migrants arriving from Croatia after a daily quota had been reached, stoking fears of a new human bottleneck on the western Balkan route.

Migrants pour into Slovenia from Croatia after Hungary closes border

Sveti Jurij - Nearly 3,000 migrants trying to reach northern Europe crossed into Slovenia from Croatia on Saturday, having been forced to change their route after Hungary closed off another border with razor wire.

Slovenia suspends trains from Croatia ahead of migrant arrivals: railways

Ljubljana - Slovenia on Friday suspended its rail links with Croatia ahead of the anticipated arrival of large numbers of migrants being rerouted towards the Alpine country after Hungary announced it would close its border with Croatia.

Croatia to divert migrants to Slovenia as Hungary announces border closure

Zagreb - Croatia is set to divert migrants passing through its territory towards Slovenia after Hungary, where most were headed, announced it would close their common border, Croatia's interior minister said Friday.

Men left behind as families first into Slovenia

- Hundreds of men fleeing war and misery without their loved ones found themselves stuck at the Croatian border with Slovenia Sunday, as families travelling together continued on their long, muddy route to a new life in western Europe.

Migrants start arriving in Austria across Slovenian border

Vienna - Some 150 migrants entered Austria from across the Slovenian border on Saturday, opening up a new route for the thousands seeking to cross the Balkans into northern Europe.

Migrants mass on Slovenia border

Harmica - Hundreds of migrants gathered on Croatia's main border crossings with Slovenia on Saturday, seeking transit through Slovenian territory in their bid to travel to northern Europe, AFP reporters and local media said.

Slovenia border police fire tear gas at migrants

Harmica - Slovenian police used tear gas late on Friday to disperse a group of migrants on its border as the country's government said it was considering opening safe corridors for refugees to pass through the tiny Alpine country.
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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 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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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.
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