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SLSP with record profit in 2004

SLOVAKIA's largest bank, Slovenská sporiteľňa (SLSP), posted a record net profit of Sk3.2 billion (€86 million) for 2004, according to International Finance Reporting Standards. The figure represents a 19 percent increase year-on-year, the TAcy wrote.

The operational profit plunged 20 percent to Sk4.8 billion (€130 million) in 2004, while the bank's total assets increased by 14 percent on the year, reaching Sk237.4bn (€6.22 billion).

The volume of loans provided to clients went up by 14 percent last year to Sk62.6bn (€1.64 billion).

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Foreigners again used Slovak guns to kill

Although the international operation began in March, no investigator contacted a Slovak dealer.

AFG was selling large numbers of expansion weapons, which were in fact old deactivated military weapons.

Czechoslovakia could have been Switzerland

In Hodonín and Holíč, Czechoslovakia still exists.

In Holíč, the border is basically non-existent.

Infertility in men is increasing with those in their 40s better off then those in their 20s

Treatment of infertility can cost tens, or even several thousand euros. Only part of the cost is covered by health insurance companies.

To be fertile, a man has to have 15 million sperms per milligram of ejaculate, of which 4 million must be healthy.

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