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Flood danger passes, damage assessed

THE CITIZENS of Slovak cities Štúrovo and Komárno worked round the clock over the mid-August weekend, successfully protecting their homes from Danube river flood waters, which began to recede on the afternoon of August 17 after nearly inundating Bratislava and Danube basin municipalities the previous week.

Meanwhile, the European Investment Bank said it would offer flood-afflicted Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia up to one billion euros in flood relief loans at low interest and up to 30-year maturities.

The Slovak government has earmarked Sk495 million ($11 million) originally reserved for highway building for repairs to roads damaged by flooding. The first damage estimates have hit Sk1.7 billion ($190 million).

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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.