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SIS to pay Sk2.5 million for rights violation

A COURT has ordered that the Slovak Information Service (SIS) pay Robert Krajňák Sk2.5 million (€70,000) in compensation for violating his rights. Back in 1995, Krajňák took out a full-page ad in the SME daily entitled "I was born in a totalitarian country and I don't want to die in one", a criticism aimed at the government of then-PM Vladimír Mečiar.

In the ad, Krajňák railed against the country's instability, its disrepute in the international community, and the general state of crisis. The ad also included a petition for a referendum demanding Mečiar's recall.

Krajňák later sued the SIS after finding out it had started following him. The SIS will likely appeal the verdict.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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