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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico takes first trip outside capital after assassination attempt

Jul. 08, 2024 12:17 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's populist Prime Minister Robert Fico took his first trip outside the capital on Monday since resuming his duties after an assassination attempt. Fico visited a farm in Slovenska Nova Ves, northeast of the capital of Bratislava, along with...

The suspect in the attempted assassination of Slovakia's prime minister now faces terror charges

Jul. 04, 2024 07:17 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The suspect in the attempted assassination in May of Slovakia's populist prime minister, Robert Fico, is now facing terror charges as part of an investigation by authorities, the country’s prosecutor-general said Thursday. The suspect, identified only...

Slovakia's top court approves key parts of a contentious amendment of the penal code

Jul. 03, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s highest legal authority on Wednesday ruled that key provisions of a contentious amendment of the penal code drafted by the government of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico are in line with the country’s constitution. The legislation,...

Slovakia’s parliament backs a contentious plan to overhaul the country's public broadcasting

Jun. 20, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s parliament voted on Thursday to approve a government plan to overhaul the country’s public broadcasting services, a move that critics say would result in the government taking full control of the media. The coalition government of populist...

Peter Pellegrini, a close ally of the populist prime minister, is sworn in as Slovakia's president

Jun. 15, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Peter Pellegrini was sworn in as the president of Slovakia on Saturday in a ceremony that took place amid heightened security following an assassination attempt on his close ally, populist Prime Minister Robert Fico, a month ago. Pellegrini called for...

Slovakia plans to boost politicians' protection after assassination attempt on populist premier

Jun. 12, 2024 10:09 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government approved a package of measures on Wednesday meant to boost security for leading politicians and others following an assassination attempt on populist Prime Minister Robert Fico. The measures need approval by Parliament, where the...

Slovakia public broadcaster employees hold 3-hour walkout over government overhaul plans

Jun. 10, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Employees of Slovakia’s public radio and television broadcaster staged a three-hour walkout on Monday to protest a contentious overhaul of their services, a move that critics say would result in the government taking full control of the media. The...

At least 4 people killed, 27 injured when trains collide in the Czech Republic, officials say

Jun. 06, 2024 17:14 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing at least four people and injuring 27 others, officials said Thursday. Interior Minister Vít Rakušan said the crash took place late Wednesday night in the city of Pardubice, about...

Slovakia's Fico says he was targeted for Ukraine views, in first speech since assassination attempt

Jun. 06, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico said Wednesday he believes he was targeted for having a Ukraine position contrary to the European mainstream but bears no malice toward the gunman who seriously wounded him three weeks ago. The prerecorded...

Slovak Parliament votes to condemn political violence after assassination attempt on prime minister

May. 21, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday to condemn politically motivated violence following an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is recovering from multiple wounds from last week’s shooting, hospital officials said. ...