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International human traffic gang busted

POLICE FROM Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany broke up an international criminal gang involved in people smuggling, arresting 47 people including the ringleaders.

The gang is suspected of having smuggled thousands of illegal immigrants across the lightly guarded Slovak-Austrian and Hungarian-Austrian borders.

People trafficking has become a major concern for the European Union as it prepares for 10 new members in 2004.

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Press freedom is bleeding across our borders

Critical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.

I have met dozens of people possessed by Satan, exorcist claims

An exorcist can help a believer to escape their problems but not to solve them, psychiatrist Hunčík says.

Priest and exorcist Ľuboš Václavek consecrates the office of Erika Jurinová (OĽaNO).

End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

Jaroslav Rezník

Slovakia is 26th on the Employment Flexibility Index

Higher work surcharges will push Slovakia down.