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Leader's Condition Improves After Second Surgery

Suspect in shooting of Robert Fico is ordered held until his trial

(Newser) - After undergoing more surgery, Prime Minister Robert Fico is improving, Slovakia's deputy minister said Saturday. "Several miracles happened," Robert Kalinak told reporters in front of the hospital in Banska Bystrica where Fico was taken after an assassination attempt Wednesday. "He is conscious, with all the limitations...

Deputy Expects Prime Minister of Slovakia to Survive Shooting

Robert Fico had been meeting with supporters following a government meeting

(Newser) - Slovakia's prime minister underwent hours of emergency surgery after an assassination attempt Wednesday, and Robert Fico's condition has improved, his deputy said. "I guess in the end he will survive," Tomas Taraba told the BBC . "He's not in a life-threatening situation at this moment....

Russia Might Soon Have a New Ally in Europe

Possible new Slovakia PM Robert Fico has vowed to end weapons deliveries to Ukraine

(Newser) - With around 5.5 million people in an area smaller than West Virginia, Slovakia has never been a massive player on the international stage—but its September 30 election will be closely watched in the European Union and beyond. The country has been one of the firmest supporters of its...

Jill Biden Will Spend Mother's Day Overseas

First lady will be in Slovakia meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who fled the war

(Newser) - Jill Biden will spend Mother's Day meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who have fled the Russian invasion. The Sunday meeting will take place in Slovakia, one of two eastern European countries the first lady plans to visit during a five-day trip that starts Thursday, per the AP . She...

'Little Hassan' Makes 700-Mile Solo Trip Out of Ukraine

11-year-old Ukrainian boy had only passport, plastic bag, phone number on journey to Slovakia

(Newser) - While many Ukrainians are fleeing the country via Poland, an 11-year-old boy went a different route, which took him 700 miles by train to Slovakia with only a passport, a plastic bag, and a phone number scrawled on his hand. As the Washington Post reports, Slovakian authorities are calling "...

With Shocking Upset, US Is Out of Men's Hockey

Team blanked in quarterfinal shootout with Slovakia, losing 3-2

(Newser) - Minutes after failing to score in the shootout as the Americans' last chance to stay alive at the Olympics, captain Andy Miele took off his gloves to wipe the tears coming out of his eyes. "I'm just sad it's over," he said, per the AP . With...

Another EU Country Is Entering Lockdown

'We’re losing the battle against COVID,' Slovakia's president says

(Newser) - Slovakia's government on Wednesday approved a two-week national lockdown amid a record surge of coronavirus infections. Prime Minister Eduard Heger said the measures that take effect Thursday will target all—both unvaccinated and vaccinated, the AP reports. Under the lockdown, people can leave their homes only for some specific...

4 European Countries Make Masks Mandatory

Austria orders all shoppers to wear 'alien' masks

(Newser) - "I'm fully aware that mask wearing is something alien to our culture," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday after announcing that face masks will be compulsory for people visiting supermarkets and other stores. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have also made mask-wearing in public, formerly unusual...

BMW Goes Airborne Right Into Tunnel Roof
How This Guy Lived,
We Have No Idea

How This Guy Lived, We Have No Idea

The driver was apparently sober, too

(Newser) - Amazing this guy is even alive. Stunning video footage shows a BMW launching 20 feet in the air off a concrete barrier, smashing into the top of a tunnel, and flipping over before rolling to a halt near Poprad, Slovakia, ABC News reports. Police say the 44-year-old driver was alone...

World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt

(Newser) - Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when...

In 'Unprecedented Attack,' Journo, Girlfriend Found Dead

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico announced $1.23M reward to find Jan Kuciak's killers

(Newser) - A Slovak investigative reporter and his girlfriend were shot dead in their home in an attack likely linked to his reporting on tax evasion, Slovakia's top police official said Monday. The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his partner were found on Sunday evening in their house in the...

Gravediggers Compete Judged on Speed—and Style

But more people be attracted to the job?

(Newser) - Digging their way to the top, 18 two-man teams of Hungarian gravediggers displayed their skills Friday for a place in a regional championship to be held in Slovakia later this year, the AP reports. Participants in the contest, held in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen, were being judged on...

American Couple Helps 149 Iraqi Christians Escape ISIS

They flew 25 refugee families to Slovakia this month

(Newser) - Nearly 150 refugees from Iraq—including many children—got off a private jet in Slovakia on Dec. 10, ready to start a new life far from ISIS attacks, ABC News reports. The 25 families are Christians who fled their homes to escape persecution and violence. They were aided in their...

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in...

World's 'Greatest' Mass Murderess Bathed in Blood

Countess Elizabeth Bathory died 400 years ago

(Newser) - Talk about a grim anniversary: Countess Elizabeth Bathory of the Kingdom of Hungary died 400 years ago, ending the world's "most prolific" recorded killing spree by a woman, CNN reports. Bathory reportedly tortured and killed up to 650 girls and bathed in their blood because she believed it...

European Corruption 'Breathtaking': EU Report

Romania and Bulgaria lead the pack of worst offenders

(Newser) - Think Europeans are unlikely to be corrupted by a bribe? Not according to a new EU report that calls European corruption "breathtaking" in scope and says it costs at least $120 billion a year, the BBC reports. The extent of corruption varies by country, but 75% of Europeans surveyed...

US Sends Guantanamo's Last 3 Uighurs to Slovakia

It had been a struggle to resettle the Uighurs

(Newser) - Slovakia has accepted three prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who had posed a difficult resettlement challenge, helping the US government move closer to its goal of closing the prison on its base in Cuba, officials said today. The three men who left for the Central European country in recent days were...

Slovakia Leftists Heading for Big Win

Elections give leftist party first majority in Slovakia history

(Newser) - Slovakia's leftist opposition appears headed toward a big win in yesterday's elections, reports the AP . With most of the votes counted, the Smer-Social Democracy party has taken 44.8% of the vote, enough for 84 of the 150-seat parliament. If the lead holds up, it will be the...

Slovaks Set to Walk on Top of Chuck Norris

Action hero leading ballot to name new pedestrian bridge in Slovakia

(Newser) - There won't be anything pedestrian about this pedestrian bridge across the Morava River from Slovakia to Austria—not once it's named after awesome action star Chuck Norris. Norris is the runaway leader of an Internet ballot to select the new bridge's name, taking in 74% of votes...

Slovakia Blocks Euro Zone Bailout (for Now)

It's expected to pass later this week

(Newser) - Slovakian lawmakers today rejected the expansion of the euro currency zone's bailout fund. But parliament is expected to pass the measure later this week, notes MarketWatch . Slovakia remains the only country in the 17-member euro zone that has not approved expanding the bailout fund, which requires unanimous support. Today'...

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