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Train crashes leave trail of tragedy
Capital's inhabitants less healthy
No shop, no pub for 55 villages
Man escapes unhurt after being shot in head

Train crashes leave trail of tragedy

Three people were killed and one seriously injured in four train accidents over a three day period.
A man was run over by a train near Zvolen at 22:18 December 23.
He died from what doctors described as "devastating injuries throughout his body".
The next day a Trebišov man, 46, was lying with his legs draped over local train tracks at 21:05when a train ploughed into him, amputating his legs and killing him.
Just over an hour later in Lučenec a man survived a brush with a moving train which knocked him to the ground by the side of the tracks.
He sustained a broken wrist and cuts and bruises and lost a tooth.
The weekend's fourth victim died the next morning in Malacky.
A woman, 30, was riding a bike on the tracks when a locomotive suddenly appeared from around a corner barrelling towards her at a distance of 60 metres. The engineer said he had no time to stop.

Capital's inhabitants less healthy

Bratislavans are a much less healthy lot than five zears ago and there has been a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted diseases.
Rising prostitution and drug abuse in the capital over the last half decade has been blamed on a growing number of cases of veneral diseases, especially syphilis.
According to research being finalised by a magistrate in the capital, cases of people hospitalised with veneral disease have doubled since 1996, with 1,316 recorded in 2000, up from the 620 recorded in 1996.

No shop, no pub for 55 villages

Slovakia has 55 villages in which there is no grocery store or pub.
The Statistics Office's Anton Benčič said he had been surprised at the number.
He said though that such villages were becoming more and more common in Slovak "valleys of hunger" - areas with high unemployment - that are often characterised by large numbers of small villages or hamlets largely populated by elderly people.
One such village is Ondavka in the Svidník district. It is the country's smallest with a population of seven.
The village pub was closed in 1994. Mayor Ján Brenišin organises bulk shopping twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays. The nearby village of Belejovice is in a similar situation.

Man escapes unhurt after being shot in head

A man, 32, shot a teenager in the head with an air pistol during an argument over a young girl. The older man confronted Milan S., 17, outside a factory in Hnúšta, put an air pistol in his mouth and threatened to kill him if he did not stay away from his former girlfriend, Lucia, 16. He removed the gun from his mouth and fired it into the side of his head. Milan S. was not seriously injured.

Compiled by Spectator Staff

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