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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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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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