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Government raises parental benefits

PARENTAL benefits, which in Slovakia are paid monthly until the children of the recipients are three years of age, will increase by Sk210 to Sk4,440 per month as of September 1, according to a new directive from the Labour Ministry.

"The increase in the parental benefit will not increase the budgetary expenditures of the ministry this year, as the ministry intends to cover the increase by reallocating existing funds," read a ministry statement.

To pay for the increase in benefits, the ministry will need an additional Sk85.2 million by the end of the year.

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How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

Slovakia vies for medicines agency

What chances does the country have at winning the seat of the prestigious European Medicines Agency that needs to relocate from London?

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.