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No more security freebies

IF AN AMENDMENT to the country's classified information law is passed in parliament, background checks carried out by the National Security Office (NBÚ) on officials who handle classified information will get tougher.

The amendment includes 53 changes and dramatically cuts the number of officials exempt from the tests. The president, members of cabinet and parliament, constitutional court judges and the ombudsman will all have to be tested under the amendment.

At the moment judges, prosecutors, mayors, and heads of central state administration bodies do not need to be checked.

A Nato mission to Slovakia in late January recommended the changes be approved.

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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.