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Gov't critic on track to become Slovakia's first woman president

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The liberal environmental lawyer Zuzana Caputova secures 40 percent of the vote, and is almost certain to win the March 30 run-off against European Commission vice-president Sefcovic, who receives just 19 percent

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT? Leading presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova takes part in a television debate with candidate Maros Sefcovic at TV Markiza in Bratislava on March 17, 2019, one day after the first round of the presidential elections. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

After reporter's murder, gov't critic tipped to win Slovak poll

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Frontrunner Zuzana Caputova, 45, is among tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Slovakia over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee

AGAINST EVIL. A picture taken on March 13, 2019 in Bratislava shows a billboard bearing a portrait of presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova and reading "Stand up against evil, together we can do it". Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The fresh controversy in Polish-Israeli ties comes after a row in 2018 over a Polish law that made it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes

AFTER WARSAW. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / AP AND POOL / Dan Balilty

Pompeo pledges Slovakia support on latest stop to curb Russia, China

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Mike Pompeo, the first US secretary of state to visit Slovakia in 14 years, tells President Andrej Kiska as they meet: 'It's been too long since America has been deeply engaged here'

POMPEO VISIT. Slovak President Andrej Kiska and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo give statements on February 12,2019, at the al palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, during Pompeo's week-long tour across Central Europe. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Remains of slain Slovakia OFW Henry Acorda brought back to Manila

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Philippine government officials join the family of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Henry Acorda in receiving his remains on Tuesday, June 19

'HENRY IS HOME.' The remains of slain Slovakia OFW Henry Acorda arrive in Manila on June 19, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Slovaks mourn Filipino expat beaten to death in street

Jun 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Henry Acorda, a 36-year-old Filipino living in Slovakia, was assaulted in the heart of the capital on May 26 by 28-year-old Juraj H., whose surname has been withheld pending trial.

MOURNING. Thousands of Slovaks rally in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 8, 2018 to pay tribute to murdered Filipino expat Henry Acorda beaten to death by a young man believed to be a neo-Nazi. Photo by Vladimir Simicek / AFP

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36-year-old OFW dies in Slovakia after defending 2 women

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Henry John Acorda, 36, was 'a hero who came to the rescue of the defenseless in a land that is not even his,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Slovak police free all suspects held after journalist murder

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:22 PM

In Italy, prosecutors have suggested that the 'Ndrangheta may have been behind the killing of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova

FUNERAL. A cross stands on the grave of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, who was slain as he was about to publish an explosive report on alleged high-level corruption linked to the Italian mafia, prior to his funeral at a cemetery in Stiavnik, Slovakia, on March 3, 2018. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Thousands attend protest vigils for slain Slovak journalist

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Many hold candles, marching in silence in sub-zero weather

PROTEST. People shout slogans during a protest march to pay tribute to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova on March 2, 2018 in front of the government office in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP

Murdered Slovak journalist 'was probing high-level graft'

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The leading SME newspaper reports Jan Kuciak was about to publish an article on possible political links to Italian businessmen with alleged ties to the notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia supposedly operating in Slovakia

MEMORIAL. A woman places a candle in front of a portrait of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in the center of Bratislava on February 27, 2018. Photo by Vladimir Simiceck/AFP

Slovak police probe murder of investigative journalist

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:12 PM

'If the death of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak proves to be linked to his journalism, it would be an unprecedented attack on freedom of the press and democracy in Slovakia,' leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico says

CRIME SCENE. Policemen stand guard at the crime scene where Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Marina Kusnirova were murdered in Velka Maca, some 50 km from Bratislava, Slovakia, on February 26, 2018. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Asahi says paying $7.7B for AB InBev's eastern European business

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The takeover – also the largest by a Japanese beer company – includes popular Czech beer Pilsner Urquell and other businesses in Hungary Poland Romania and Slovakia

In this photo illustration, bottles of Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republica are seen on December 13, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

EU leaders seek unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

Sep 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says on the summit eve that the leaders must have a sober and brutally honest assessment of the situation

AFTER BREXIT. (L-R) President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, Speaker of the Slovak Parliament Andrej Danko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak pose for a group photo before their informal dinner on the eve of the European Union summit at the Bratislava Castle in the Slovak capital on September 15, 2016. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Manager Hodgson says 'someone will pay' for England frustration

Jun 21, 2016 - 1:53 PM

England comes up with a goalless draw against Slovakia meaning the team finishes second in Group B behind rivals Wales

FRUSTRATED. England's coach Roy Hodgson (L) shakes hands with goalkeeper Joe Hart at the end of a frustrating UEFA EURO 2016 group B preliminary round draw against Slovakia. ROBERT GHEMENT/EPA

Slovakia vs Inggris: Waspadai kekuatan Slovenski sokoli

Jun 20, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Hamsik bakal berada dalam radar para pemain Inggris

Marcus Rashford (kiri), Raheem Sterling (tengah), and Daniel Sturridge (kanan) saat berlatih jelang laga melawan Slovakia, pada 19 Juni 2016. Foto oleh Georgi Licovski/EPA

Wales star Gareth Bale hurts fan with wayward shot

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:33 PM

The Real Madrid star was practicing free kicks in the warm up when one wayward shot struck a man sitting behind the goal square in the face

Gareth Bale of Wales (R) in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 group B preliminary round match between Wales and Slovakia. Photo by ARMANDO BABANI/EPA

Slovakia's Fico loses majority amid extreme right gains

Mar 06, 2016 - 8:56 AM

UPDATED Robert Fico who ran and won on an anti refugee platform no longer has parliamentary majority

Slovakia Prime Minister and Chairman of the SMER party Robert Fico speaks at the SMER Party election campaign rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 2, 2016. Jakub Gavlak/EPA

Slovakia's Fico set for victory in EU's anti-refugee east

Mar 05, 2016 - 2:03 PM

The leftist populist Robert Fico is using anti Muslim and anti refugee rhetoric to clinch a win in Slovakia s general elections

VICTORY. Chairman of the Slovak Smer-Social Democracy party Robert Fico is close to winning in Slovakia's general elections, but may divide the country with his rhetoric. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

EU summons leaders for refugee crisis summit next Wednesday

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

President Tusk would like to focus on other immediate issues that need tackling urgently if we want to get the situation under control including in our neighborhood

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this file photo European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for an EU Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2015. File photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Eastern European countries reject migrant quotas

Sep 11, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED The UN s refugee agency welcomes the EU plan to distribute refugees but says more is needed to relieve pressure on frontline states

REFUGEES FLEE CONFLICT. Migrants, mainly from Syria and Iraq, seen walking at the E45 freeway near Kliplev, Denmark, September 9, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Nolte/EPA

EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors

Migrants stream into Austria from Hungary

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Hungary has become the newest flashpoint as hundreds of thousands of migrants try to cross its borders on their journey to Western Europe

HELPING MIGRANTS. Migrants sit in the railway station in Tatabanya 57 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015, after some 200-300 migrants broke out of the Bicske train station. At Bicske in Hungary, police and interpreters on September 3, urged refugees and migrants to leave a train bound for the western town of Sopron and board 20 waiting buses to a nearby camp, but many were promptly brought back to the station platform. Photo by Balazs Mohai/EPA

Slovaks vote on same-sex marriage, adoption ban

Feb 07, 2015 - 11:39 PM

In this predominantly Roman Catholic member of the EU many see equality and diversity as liberal values imported from the West to undermine the traditional nuclear family

BAN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE? A man casts his ballot for a referendum on the protection of the traditional family and maintain a ban on same-sex marriage at a polling station in Bratislava, Slovakia, 07 February 2015. Photo by Jakub Gavlak/EPA

PM in pole position as Slovaks vote for president

Mar 16, 2014 - 12:50 AM

Slovaks vote in the first round of a Presidential election that PM Fico is expected to win igniting concern that his leftist Social Democrats could monopolize power in the eurozone country

VOTE. Slovaks vote in the 1st round of a presidential election that PM Robert Fico is poised to win, amid concerns that his leftist Social Democrats could monopolize power in the eurozone country. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

Ice Hockey: USA down Russia in Olympic thriller

Feb 16, 2014 - 1:17 PM

T J Oshie scored the shootout winner as the United States defeated Russia 3 2 in a nail biting Sochi Olympic hockey clash

ACTION ON ICE. Russia's Vyacheslav Voynov (L) vies with US Zach Parise (R) during the Men's Ice Hockey Group A match USA vs Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014 in Sochi. Bruce Bennett/AFP

Ikea pulls meatballs from Europe stores as horsemeat found

Feb 26, 2013 - 1:47 PM

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has withdrawn its own label meatballs from sale in at least 16 European countries after Czech authorities found horsemeat in the product

File photo by AFP