UEFA punishes Slovakian club for fan racism in Europa League
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has ordered Slovan Bratislava to play a Europa League game against Wolverhampton in an empty stadium as punishment for fans' racism.
Storm in central Europe kills 3, disrupts travel and power
BERLIN (AP) — High winds swept across parts of central Europe on Monday, leaving three people dead, disrupting transport and causing power outages.
Slovakia’s Soviet-made Mig-29 jet crashes, pilot survives
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Slovak Defense Ministry says a Soviet-made Mig-29 military jet of the country's air forces has crashed during a training flight.
Slovak prime minister survives no-confidence vote
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister has survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote over the alleged contacts between a senior government official and a controversial businessman...
Slovan Bratislava vice president fined for Nazi salute
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A court in Slovakia has convicted the vice president of soccer club Slovan Bratislava of racism and fined him 5,000 euros ($5,530).
Slovak far-right lawmaker loses seat for racism toward Roma
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A far-right party lawmaker in Slovakia has lost his parliament seat after the country's Supreme Court upheld his conviction for racism.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's president has told China's foreign minister that she is worried about human rights in his country.
President Zuzana Caputova met with Chinese Foreign...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Former Slovak President Andrej Kiska is kicking off a new centrist political party.
Kiska says his "For People" party's ambition is to unite with other opposition...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Marko Anttila helped lead Finland to its third world hockey title, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal, Matt Murray made 39 saves and Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday night to advance to face Finland in...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The International Ice Hockey Federation has picked the Russian city of St. Petersburg to host the 2023 world championships.
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Canada shut out Denmark 5-0 for a fifth straight victory at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.
Sam Reinhart scored two goals and the rest went to Jonathan...
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Morten Poulsen scored a hat trick as Denmark routed newcomer Britain 9-0 at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Anthony Mantha and Kyle Turris both scored twice as Canada bounced back from a defeat to Finland by trashing Britain 8-0 at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday on a...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Kaapo Kakko scored a hat trick to lift Finland to a 4-2 win over host Slovakia at the ice hockey world championship on Saturday.
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Matus Sukel scored early in the first period and Slovakia went on to beat the U.S. 4-1 on home ice Friday night, a stunning result on the opening day of the world hockey...
Slovak court rejects to ban parliamentary far right party
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a request by the country's prosecutor general to ban a far-right party that has 14 seats in the country's...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has asked the leaders of four Central European countries for help in a long dispute with North Korea over the abductions of...
Slovak prime minister to meet with Trump in May
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says he has been invited by U.S. President Donald Trump to meet him next month in Washington.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's Supreme Court is deciding whether to ban a parliamentary party for the first time in the country's history.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's outgoing president, Andrej Kiska, says he's planning to create a new political party once his term in office expires in June.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An liberal environmental activist has been elected as the first female president of Slovakia.
Relative newcomer Zuzana Caputova had 58 percent of the vote with...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's lawmakers approved a resolution on Friday to reject an international treaty on women's rights.
Parliament voted 101-28 with three abstentions to ask...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An upstart liberal candidate is facing a career diplomat and establishment figure in a presidential runoff Saturday that could give Slovakia its first female head of...
Slovak president race: upstart vs. EU official in runoff
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The two leading contenders in Slovakia's presidential election will meet in a runoff vote that could give the central European country its first woman...
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The Latest: 2 favorites make Slovak presidential runoff
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Latest on Slovakia's presidential election: (All times local).
Almost complete results in Slovakia's presidential election show that the two...
Slovakia could get its first woman president in ballot
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia could get its first woman president as voters elect a new head of state on Saturday.
The leading contenders are Zuzana Caputova, an environmental...
Suspect charged with ordering killing of Slovak reporter
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A suspect has been charged in Slovakia with ordering the slaying last year of an investigative reporter and his fiancee, a case that brought down the Slovak government,...
Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are rallying across Slovakia to mark the anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.
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Polish envoy to Slovakia summoned over tainted meat scandal
BRATSLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's agriculture minister summoned the Polish ambassador to Bratislava on Friday over a scandal in which meat from sick Polish cows that were slaughtered illegally was exported to 11 other European Union countries.
Polish authorities have previously acknowledged the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia.
EU’s commission vice-president to run for Slovak president
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic says he is ready to run for the post of Slovakia's president in the forthcoming presidential election.
The 52-year-old Sefcovic is considered one of the favorites in the March 16 vote for the largely ceremonial post.
Sefcovic announced his candidacy on Friday after accepting an offer to run from the senior ruling leftist party of former Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia
HONOLULU (AP) — Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot.
Start with the flag stitched onto his golf bag.
And when he stepped to the first tee Thursday, he heard words never uttered on the PGA Tour.
1962 World Cup final striker Jozef Adamec dies, aged 76
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Former Czechoslovakia striker Jozef Adamec, the youngest member of the team beaten 3-1 by Brazil in the final of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, has died. He was 76.
The Slovak football association says Adamec died on Monday in hospital in Trnava. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He scored 14 goals in 44 international matches, including a hat trick against Brazil in a friendly in 1968.
Slovakia inks deal to buy 14 F-16s from US Lockheed Martin
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is to buy 14 F-16 military jets from Lockheed Martin as it seeks to replace Soviet-era jets.
Slovak Defense Minister Peter Gajdos signed the contract on Wednesday with Lockheed Martin vice president of international business development Ana Wugofski.
The F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets are meant to replace the obsolete Soviet-made MiG-29 jets that Slovakia's air force has used.
Slovakia says it expels Russian spy working as diplomat
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his country has expelled a Russian diplomat after discovering he was a spy working under diplomatic cover.
Peter Pellegrini said Wednesday the diplomat's activities were aimed against the interests of Slovakia and NATO.
The prime minister says the person was officially working at the military envoy's section at the Russian embassy.
Slovakia house fire kills 4 children, 1 adult
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak firefighters say five people, including four children, have been killed in a house fire in eastern Slovakia.
They say in a statement the blaze broke out around 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Friday in a four-room house in the town of Richnava.
Officials say the children ranged in age from 5 to 9, and one 28-year-old died as well.
Slovak president condemns questioning of protest organizers
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's president has condemned a move by the country's police, which started questioning the organizers of recent massive anti-government protests over allegations of staging a coup and corruption.
Senior ruling party suffers losses in Slovak local elections
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Independent candidates won the most seats in Slovakia's local elections, while the senior ruling party of former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico suffered losses.
It was the first election since massive anti-government protests triggered by the slaying of an investigative journalist forced the collapse of Fico's government. The same three coalition parties created a new government.
Press group urges action in slain Slovak reporter case
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An international press freedom group held a memorial Friday for slain Slovakian reporter Jan Kuciak to keep pressure on local authorities to solve his killing and to draw attention to crimes against journalists worldwide.
German, Czech leaders want EU migration deals with Africa
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis have found an area of agreement within their conflicting views of migration.
Standing together at a news conference in Prague on Friday, Babis and Merkel said the European Union should strike deals with African countries like one with Turkey that helped slow the arrival of refugees and migrants.
Jaguar Land Rover opens new plant in Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Jaguar Land Rover is opening a new, $1.6 billion plant in Slovakia, the luxury car maker's first in continental Europe.
The U.K.-based company, owned by India's Tata Motors, built the plant near Nitra, about 100 kilometers (65 miles) east of Bratislava, to initially produce 150,000 cars a year. The Slovak government is giving the carmaker investment subsidies of up to 130 million euros ($148 million).
Czech coach Pavel Hapal to take over Slovakian national team
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Czech coach Pavel Hapal has agreed to take over Slovakia's national soccer team.
The 49-year-old Hapal will succeed Jan Kozak, who quit after the team's second straight loss in the UEFA Nations League.
The Slovakian soccer association says its executive committee has approved the appointment. A contract through the end of European Championship qualifying is expected to be signed on Wednesday. If the team qualifies, the contract can be extended.
Slovakia to send soldiers to Iraq to train security forces
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's defense ministry says the country will keep its military presence in Iraq after the government approved a plan to deploy up to 42 soldiers there next year to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a NATO mission.
The ministry says the soldiers and military police officers will cooperate with allied forces from Italy and the United States. The plan still needs to be approved by Slovakia's Parliament, where the coalition government has a majority.
Slovak PM: Foreign hackers targeted foreign ministry
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says hackers have attacked his country's foreign ministry from abroad in an attempt to get data and documents from the ministry's computer network.
Peter Pellegrini said the attack was "very sophisticated," and called the hackers "a multinational, sophisticated spy organization" but did not identify them. He didn't say what documents the hackers targeted, whether they succeeded in getting any information and when exactly the attack took place.
Slovakia coach quits after 2 defeats in Nations League
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Jan Kozak has quit as Slovakia coach after the team's second straight loss in the UEFA Nations League.
The Slovak football association says it terminated the contract with Kozak at his request, describing it as "an unexpected decision."
Slovakia lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic at home on Saturday in the new European competition following a 1-0 loss to Ukraine.
Slovak air force training plane crashes, pilots survive
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An official says a military training aircraft has crashed in central Slovakia.
Defense Ministry spokeswoman Danka Capakova says the Czech-made L-39 Albatros plane crashed in an uninhabited area north of the central city of Zvolen on Wednesday afternoon.
Prosecutors: $81,000 paid for Slovak journalist slaying
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A total sum of 70,000 euros ($81,000) was paid for the contract slayings of a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancee, a prosecutor said Monday.
A prosecutor in the case whose name wasn't given told a news conference that 50,000 euros were paid and the remaining 20,000 euros were a forgiven debt. Special prosecutors, who deal with the most serious crimes, are never identified for their own protection.