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Slovak president challenges the government's move to eliminate the special anti-graft prosecutor

Feb. 16, 2024 19:25 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s president said Friday that she will challenge at the Constitutional Court an amendment to the country’s penal code that eliminates the office of the special prosecutor dealing with major crimes and corruption. President Zuzana Caputova...

Tech companies sign accord to combat AI-generated election trickery

Feb. 16, 2024 14:36 PM EST

Major technology companies signed a pact Friday to voluntarily adopt “reasonable precautions” to prevent artificial intelligence tools from being used to disrupt democratic elections around the world. Executives from Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI and TikTok...

Populist Slovak lawmakers back a new law that abolishes an anti-graft prosecutor

Feb. 08, 2024 15:34 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Lawmakers for the new coalition government of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico voted Thursday to amend the penal code and eliminate the office of the special prosecutor that deals with major crime and corruption. The legislation faced sharp criticism...

Thousands rally in Slovakia to accuse new government's plan of going easier on corruption

Feb. 07, 2024 13:02 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Thousands rallied in front of Slovakia's Parliament on Wednesday to condemn a plan by the new government of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico to eliminate the office of the special prosecutor dealing with major crime and corruption. The rally took...

Former Czech leader Babis loses final appeal over collaboration with communist-era secret police

Feb. 07, 2024 09:48 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Former Czech populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis lost his final appeal in Slovakia Wednesday in a case concerning allegations that he collaborated with communist-era secret police in what was then Czechoslovakia. Babis, who was born in Slovakia, was suing the...

Thousands rally in Slovakia against government's plan to close the special prosecutor's office

Feb. 01, 2024 13:57 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Mass street protests intensified Thursday across Slovakia against a plan by populist Prime Minister Robert Fico to amend the country's penal code and eliminate the office of the special prosecutor that deals with major crime and corruption. Thousands...

Thousands protest in Slovakia against plan to amend penal code and close special prosecutor's office

Jan. 25, 2024 21:52 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Thousands of people on Thursday joined growing street protests across Slovakia against a plan by populist Prime Minister Robert Fico to amend the penal code and eliminate a national prosecutors' office. The proposed changes have faced sharp criticism at...

AI-generated robocall impersonates Biden in an apparent attempt to suppress votes in New Hampshire

Jan. 22, 2024 23:32 PM EST

The New Hampshire attorney general's office on Monday said it was investigating reports of an apparent robocall that used artificial intelligence to mimic President Joe Biden's voice and discourage voters in the state from coming to the polls during Tuesday's primary election. ...

An ally of Slovakia's populist prime minister is preparing a run for president

Jan. 19, 2024 11:22 AM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The speaker of Slovakia's Parliament, Peter Pellegrini, a close ally of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico, announced on Friday he will run for president. Pellegrini, 48, is considered a favorite in the race for the largely ceremonial post, according to...

Thousands rally across Slovakia to condemn changes to penal code proposed by populist prime minister

Jan. 18, 2024 23:16 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Thousands of people rallied across Slovakia on Thursday as protests intensified against a plan by the new government of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico to amend the country’s penal code. The protests came hours after President Zuzana Čaputová...