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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, welcomes Slovakia's Prime Minister Igor Matovic prior to a meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

Slovakia's PM survives parliamentary no-confidence vote

Jul. 24, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s prime minister survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote over allegations of plagiarism. Only 47 of the 125 present lawmakers in the 150-seat Parliament voted to dismiss Igor Matovic early Friday. His dismissal would mean the end of his coalition government. ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, light tributes are seen during a silent protest in memory of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova, seen in photo, in Bratislava, Slovakia. The state prosecutor in Slovakia requested on Thursday, July 23, 2020 a 25-year prison term for all three defendants in the alleged contract killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country’s government.   (AP Photo/Bundas Engler, file)

Prosecution wants 25-year term in Slovak reporter's slaying

Jul. 23, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A prosecutor in Slovakia on Thursday requested 25-year prison terms for three remaining defendants in the alleged contract killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country’s government. ...

In this handout photo taken in May, 2020, a custom officer walks past bags containing drugs. Authorities in Slovakia say they have seized 1.5 tons of methamphetamines, with an estimated street value of some 2 billion euros ($1.7 billion), which was being smuggled into the country and originated in Mexico. Officials said Tuesday July 7, 2020, that the drugs were found at the end of May with the help of Hutch, a service dog employed by the country's financial administration, after customs officials became suspicious about the contents of two large metal containers for transporting liquids. (AP Photo/HO Photo by Slovakia's Custom Office)

Slovakia drug bust yields huge shipment of methamphetamines

Jul. 7, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia has seized 1.5 tons of methamphetamines, with an estimated street value of some 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion), which was being smuggled into the country and originated in Mexico, officials said Thursday. The seizure was described by Slovak authorities as the country's...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, center, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, second right, are taking a family photo with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic, right, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, left and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second left, at the start of a Visegrad Group summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 3, 2020, as Poland takes the rotating presidency of the regional cooperation group.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday that the European Union’s budget for the next seven years should be generous for Central European nations, which aim to help drive the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Duda spoke to open a summit of prime ministers of...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Passengers disembark from a train that arrived from the Czech Republic in Rijeka, Croatia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. A train carrying some 500 tourists from the Czech Republic has arrived to Croatia as the country seeks to attract visitors after easing lockdown measures against the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Prague train with 500 tourists boosts Croatia tourism hopes

Jul. 1, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A train carrying about 500 tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia arrived to Croatia on Wednesday morning as the country seeks to attract visitors after easing lockdown measures against the coronavirus. The train rolled into the station in the northern Croatian port of Rijeka...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, March 11, 2019, a truck drives past cases of beer at the Budejovicky Budvar brewery in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.  Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech state-owned brewery, said Wednesday June 24, 2020, that its output rose last year to the highest level in the brewer’s 124-year history. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, FILE)

Before pandemic, Czech Budvar beer sales hit a record

Jun. 24, 2020 6:56 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Beer production at Budvar, which has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over use of the “Budweiser” brand, increased last year to the highest level in the brewer’s 124-year history. Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech state-owned brewery, said...

The Latest: S Korea has 56 new COVID cases amid resurgence

Jun. 11, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of COVID-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277...

Police officers attend an incident at the primary and secondary school in Vrutky (Zilina region), Slovakia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Police say a man with a knife attacked a school in Slovakia on Thursday, killing one person before he was killed by police. (Erika Durcova/TASR via AP)

1 dead in knife attack at Slovak school; attacker also dead

Jun. 11, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A man with a knife attacked a school in Slovakia on Thursday, killing one person and wounding at least five before he was killed by police, authorities said. The attack took place at the United School in the town of Vrutky in northwestern Slovakia on Thursday morning. The...