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Welfare rules tightened

RULES for collecting social benefits were tightened as of January 1, with jobless people required to search for work actively and report to labour offices, and welfare recipients expected to work for their local communities.

A law charging consumers small deposits on glass and plastic containers also took effect on January 1, part of a drive to encourage greater recycling in Slovakia.

The date also saw further powers devolved from state to local governments, such as land-use planning and construction permits, and brought major rises in regulated prices of energy, transport and utilities.

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No Slovaks among the victims of Manchester attack so far

The representatives of Slovakia have expressed their sympathy to the families of the victims.

Police guard close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain, on May 23, 2017, a day after an explosion.

It's not your Slovakia, Bystrica protesters told Kotleba

President Andrej Kiska spoke to the crowd at the protest gathering, asking Slovaks what kind of country they want to have.

Lajčák gives two versions of the Evka story

The Foreign Ministry gives opposing statements about suspicious procurement related to the Slovak Presidency over the EU Council.

Government of PM Robert Fico (left) endorses Lajčák as its official candidate.

Napoleon’s oak planted in Bratislava's Tyršovo Embankment Photo

An oak of Napoleonic legend was replanted, part of a commemoration spanning several days.

Planting "Naopoleon's oak" on May 20, 2017.