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Prime Minister Dzurinda to tour the United States

Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda will pay a brief official visit to the US on April 22-24. During his stay, Dzurinda will take part in a Euroatlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) session in Washington to be opened by NATO Secretary General Javier Solana.

Dzurinda is also scheduled to attend the 1999 East-West awards dinner and meet with representatives of Citibank and General Electric. At an investment conference, he will give a presentation on the situation in Slovakia. In Dzurinda's entourage will be Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Mikloš, Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan, Defense Minister Pavol Kanis and chief of the Slovak Army's General Staff Milan Čerovský.

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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.