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HZDS dominates runup to ballot

Candidates fielded by the opposition HZDS party of Vladimír Mečiar led voter support polls in six of eight Slovak regions that were to see elections to regional parliaments December 1 as The Slovak Spectator went to print.

Political analysts said they were troubled by poll results showing that less than 50% of registered voters intended to turn out for the ballot, meant to launch Slovakia's reform of public administration and bring government closer to the people.

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Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.

Roundup: Shoe boxes turn into Christmas gift boxes to cheer up lonely older people

People can fill and hand in their own box until December 6.

The White Night Festival takes place in Bratislava during Christmas.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.