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Report: Chicago forward Hossa retires due to health problems

May. 19, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks veteran forward Marian Hossa says he's retiring because of health issues. In an interview with the Slovak newspaper Novy Cas, Hossa says he's done playing hockey. The 39-year-old missed the entire season due to a progressive skin disorder and side effects of...

Slovak President Kiska decides not to seek re-election

May. 15, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak President Andrej Kiska says he will not seek a second term in office in next year's presidential election. The 55-year-old Kiska announced his decision Tuesday, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. Kiska, a successful businessman-turned-philanthropist, was...

Merkel urges Slovakia to solve case of slain journalist

May. 2, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Slovakia on Wednesday to solve the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee that triggered a political crisis in the country. Merkel made the comments alongside new Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, who was on his first official trip...

New interior minister sworn in amid slain journalist crisis

Apr. 26, 2018 4:45 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's president has sworn in a new interior minister, the third person in the hot seat since the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee triggered a political crisis. Thursday's appointment of Denisa Sakova comes after her two predecessors resigned following...

Slovakia to deploy 152 troops in Baltics to join NATO forces

Apr. 25, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's government has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia and the West. Slovakia's defense ministry says the soldiers will join NATO forces in Latvia, starting in the second half of 2018. The...

Evacuation in Slovakia after unexploded WWII bombs found

Apr. 20, 2018 8:17 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak authorities have started evacuating people in a town near the southern border with Hungary after four unexploded World War II bombs were found. Police said Friday they are evacuating people from a street in the town of Sturovo after the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Soviet...

International team to investigate in slain journalist case

Apr. 18, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prosecutor general has signed a deal to create an international team to investigate into the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. A spokeswoman for Jaromir Ciznar says the prosecutor agreed on the deal in The Hague on Wednesday with Italian...

Slovakia's police chief to resign in slain reporter case

Apr. 17, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's national police chief will resign following street protests against him as the nation struggles with a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini says Tibor Gaspar will step down May 31 to...

Slovak interior minister resigns in slain reporter case

Apr. 16, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's interior minister has resigned amid the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. Tomas Drucker is the second interior minister to resign since the Feb. 21 shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova. He says he...

Slovaks renew anti-govt protests in slain reporter case

Apr. 5, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Tens of thousands rallied across Slovakia on Thursday in a new wave of anti-government protests amid a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee. The protesters in the capital and two dozen other towns and cities were demanding a...