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Slovakia: Country in Central Europe
Slovakia, officially the Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5.6 million and consists mostly of Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava, and the second-largest city is Košice. The official language is Slovak.


Slovak leading party pushes pensions rise in last-gasp before election

Slovakia's long-ruling leftist Smer party, facing slipping support before a national election this month, pushed a rise in pension payments through parliament on Tuesday amid criticism from opposition..
Reuters - Published

Dark horse of Slovak election woos voters with tough anti-graft message

With its slogan "Let's beat the mafia together", Igor Matovic's anti-graft movement has ridden a wave of public anger over corruption to emerge as the unexpected favorite to oust Slovakia's ruling..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Slovakia

Tesco completes China exit with $357 mln stake sale [Video]Tesco completes China exit with $357 mln stake sale

Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has completed its exit from China with the 275 million pound ($357 million) sale of its joint venture stake to state-run partner China Resources Holdings. Ciara Lee..

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Slovak PM Pellegrini cancels schedule due to illness

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini canceled his agenda because of sudden illness, his office said on Sunday, just one week ahead of a parliamentary election in which his party might lose power.
Reuters - Published

Slovaks remember murdered journalist before election that may oust ruling party

Thousands of people across Slovakia held gatherings on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the murder of an investigative journalist that shook the country's political scene and may redraw the..
Reuters - Published

Slovak far-right leader on trial for hate speech may play election kingmaker

Slovakia's far right leader began the year on trial on charges of spreading hate but could end up as kingmaker in a tight parliamentary election next week, adding to nationalist challenges confronting..
Reuters - Published

Slovak government backs rise in benefits before election

Slovakia's three-party coalition government approved on Wednesday a doubling of child benefits and an extra pension payment in 2020 as part of a package it aims to push through parliament before a..
Reuters - Published

Fed Cup: Great Britain trail Slovakia 2-0 in qualifier as Watson & Dart beaten

Great Britain trail Slovakia 2-0 in their Fed Cup qualifier as a battling Harriet Dart loses in three sets to Viktoria Kuzmova.
BBC News - Published

Slovakia expels Vietnamese diplomat over abduction case

Slovakia said it had expelled a Vietnamese diplomat over a case involving the abduction of a Vietnamese businessman in 2017 from a Berlin street.
Reuters - Published

Konta and Boulter missing from GB Fed Cup squad named for qualifier

Neither Johanna Konta nor Katie Boulter are to compete for GB in next week's Fed Cup qualifier in Slovakia.
BBC News - Published

Vlhova wins 2nd straight World Cup slalom for first time of career

vlhova wins 2nd straight world cup slalom for first time of career
BRATISLAVA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Petra Vlhova of Slovakia celebrated her second slalom World Cup victory in Flachau, Austria on Tuesday. Vlhova crossed the finish line one tenth of a second ahead of..
WorldNews - Published

Ex-soldier admits contract killing of Slovak journalist

ex-soldier admits contract killing of slovak journalist
PEZINOK — A former soldier told a court on Monday he had been hired to kill Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak, a reporter known for his corruption investigations whose murder triggered anti-graft protests..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Defendant admits in court to killing Slovak journalist Kuciak

Miroslav Marcek, one of four defendants in a trial related to the murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last year, admitted to the killing in court on Monday.
Reuters - Published

EU ministers to focus on bringing Iran back into nuclear deal: Slovakia

Slovakia's foreign minister said on Friday the Iran nuclear deal was not dead and that European Union foreign ministers would focus on finding ways on how to bring Tehran back into the accord after its..
Reuters - Published

4 on trial over Slovak investigative journalist’s killing

4 on trial over slovak investigative journalist’s killing
Four people go on trial in Slovakia on Thursday over last year’s alleged contract killing of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a crime that shocked the country and prompted the fall of the..
WorldNews - Published

Slovak ex-top prosecutor charged as probes into reporter's murder widen

Slovakia's former chief prosecutor has been charged with abuse of power for hiding recordings from a secret service operation, Slovak police and media said on Wednesday, the latest fall-out from an..
Reuters - Published

Slovak court suspends bill for Europe's longest pre-election poll blackout

Slovakia's Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended a law putting in place one of the world's longest bans on publishing opinion polls before elections, preventing the bill from taking effect before..
Reuters - Published

Trial over Slovak journalist's murder puts justice system to test

The trial opens on Thursday of a businessman and three others charged over the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiance in what is seen as a test of Slovakia's judicial and political..
Reuters - Published

Slovak police charge three with putting public in danger over deadly gas explosion

Slovakia's police have charged three people with putting the public in danger over a gas explosion at an apartment block in the eastern Slovak town of Presov that killed at least seven people and..
Reuters - Published

Gas explosion kills at least seven in apartment block in Slovakia

The death toll from a gas explosion which shook an apartment block in the eastern Slovak town of Presov rose to least seven people, the local fire department said on Saturday, adding that shoddy..
Reuters - Published

Slovak ex-PM Fico left party congress to seek medical treatment: reports

Former Slovak prime minister Robert Fico left the annual congress of the main ruling Smer party, which he still leads, on Saturday to seek medical treatment, Slovak media reported.
Reuters - Published

Slovak police charge ex-president and opposition leader Kiska with tax fraud

Slovak police have charged former president Andrej Kiska with tax fraud, stirring up the political scene ahead of an election due in February.
Reuters - Published

Gas explosion kills at least three in Slovakia, people trapped by fire

A gas explosion at a multi-storey apartment block in the eastern Slovak town of Presov has killed at least three people, rescuers said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Police charge Slovak ex-prime minister Fico with supporting racism

Former Slovak prime minister Robert Fico - leader of the country's biggest party - has been charged with racism over his support for a far-right former lawmaker who lost his seat in parliament over..
Reuters - Published

Senior U.S. diplomat to travel to Ukraine amid impeachment probe

A top U.S. diplomat for Europe and Eurasia will travel to Ukraine, Slovakia and Italy over the next week, the State Department said on Tuesday, at a time when Ukraine is at the center of an impeachment..
Reuters - Published

Slovakia set to pass law forcing women to view images of embryo or foetus before abortion

The country's parliament will consider the law
Independent - Published

Slovakia opposition talks collapse ahead of February election

Slovakia's opposition parties failed to reach agreement on forming a "coalition of change" on Thursday ahead of February's general election, complicating their goal of replacing the ruling three-party..
Reuters - Published

Twelve killed in Slovakia bus crash

A lorry carrying gravel collided with a passenger bus, killing 12 people in western Slovakia on Wednesday, the country's deadliest road accident in a decade, police said.
Reuters - Published

Slovakia’s deadliest road accident in a decade leaves 13 dead

slovakia’s deadliest road accident in a decade leaves 13 dead
A crash between a truck and a passenger bus has killed 12 people and injured 17 in western Slovakia. It is the central European country's deadliest road accident in a decade, Slovak fire and rescue..
WorldNews - Published

Bus crash in Slovakia kills 12, injures 17

A crash between a truck and a passenger bus killed 12 people and injured 17 in western Slovakia on Wednesday, in the central European country's deadliest road accident in a decade, Slovak fire and..
Reuters - Published

Slovakia deputy speaker resigns over links to journalist murder suspect

Slovakia's parliament deputy speaker resigned on Thursday over contacts with a businessman charged with ordering the murder of a journalist last year that sparked mass protests which ousted then Prime..
Reuters - Published

Slovakia's president digs in to fight law banning pre-election polls

Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova on Wednesday vetoed a new law extending a ban on publishing opinion polls up to 50 days before elections and vowed to challenge it at the Constitutional Court if the..
Reuters - Published

Slovak parliament toughens pre-election polling rules before February vote

Slovakia's ruling leftist Smer party pushed a bill through parliament on Monday extending a ban on opinion polls to 50 days before elections, one of the longest periods in the world.
Reuters - Published

Slovan Bratislava 1-2 Wolves: Raul Jimenez hits winner in Europa League

Wolverhampton Wanderers produce a stirring Europa League fightback to beat Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia and move into second spot in Group K.
BBC News - Published

Jan Kuciak: Four charged over murder of journalist and fiancée

The murder of Jan Kuciak and his fiancée last year triggered mass protests in Slovakia.
BBC News - Published

Human trafficking gang guilty of selling women in Glasgow

Victims were taken from Slovakia to Glasgow and forced into prostitution or sham marriages.
BBC News - Published

Wales performance in Slovakia 'a step forward' - Giggs

Wales boss Ryan Giggs believes his side took "a step forward" in their 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifying draw in Slovakia.
BBC News - Published

Wales keep qualification hopes on track with draw in Slovakia

Wales keep their Euro 2020 qualification hopes on track in Slovakia despite the hosts coming from behind to earn a point in Trnava.
BBC News - Published

Iran nuclear deal can be saved by goodwill not sanctions: Slovakia's IAEA hopeful says

The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the remaining signatories can still be saved after the U.S. withdrawal but Iran must return to the full implementation of its commitments and in return be offered..
Reuters - Published

Probe into 2018 murder of Slovak journalist and fiancée nears end: lawyer

The police have wrapped up the main part of their investigation into last year's murder of a journalist and his fiancée, her family's lawyer told Reuters on Monday, in a case that continues to shake..
Reuters - Published

Tens of thousands march for ban on abortions in Slovakia

Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia's capital on Sunday calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Slovak prime minister Pellegrini survives no-confidence vote

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini defeated a no-confidence vote on Tuesday as his government comes under pressure from revelations about the degree of influence of the main suspect in the 2018..
Reuters - Published

Two men 'planning to kidnap and murder woman who renounced Islam' arrested

Pair plot to kill 25-year-old relative working in Slovakia with husband
Independent - Published

Slovak deputy minister quits after allegations of contacts with murder suspect

Slovakia's deputy justice minister Monika Jankovska resigned on Tuesday under pressure from the president and the opposition over her alleged contacts with a suspect in the killing of an investigative..
Reuters - Published

S Jaishankar starts three-nation trip today

Before heading to Russia on August 27, Jaishankar will spend some days in Hungary. Finishing his meetings with the Russian leadership, Jaishankar will travel to Poland, which will be the first..
IndiaTimes - Published

[UPDATE] Lightning Strikes Kill 5, Injure 100, On Mountains Straddling Poland, Slovakia

[update] lightning strikes kill 5, injure 100, on mountains straddling poland, slovakia
At least five people, including two children, have died and more than 100 have been injured during a sudden thunderstorm Thursday in Poland and Slovakia’s Tatra mountains, according to rescuers, The..
WorldNews - Published

At least three die in thunderstorm in Tatra mountains

At least three people were killed and 22 injured during a thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra Mountains on Thursday and another was killed in the West Tatras in Slovakia, mountain rescue services reported.
Reuters - Published

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