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Stank briefs army officials

CONFIDENT of Nato membership, Defence Minister Jozef Stank said last week at an army officials' meeting: "With confidence and pride we can look into the future".

Stank also said that in 2003 the conscription period, to be abolished by 2006, will be shortened from nine to six months. The minister added that he was willing to postpone the tender for purchase of new military planes until after the parliamentary elections in September 2002 "provided that it proves impossible to avoid politicising the process in the pre-election struggle".

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Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Poll: Smer followed by SaS, KDH also in parliament

Had the general election taken place in mid-February, the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would place second, and the now extra-parliamentary KDH would get nine seats.

Alojz Hlina took over at the helm of KDH

Woman who urinated on the Quran arrested, awaiting trial

Some observers believe the video might lead to increasing security risks for Slovakia.

The accused woman arrives to the court.