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Bush chooses new US ambassador

GEORGE W Bush has nominated Rodolphe M Vallee to succeed Ronald Weiser, who left his post last year, as the new United States ambassador to Slovakia, the White House website states.

Vallee is the Chairman and CEO of a chain of petrol stations in Vermont. He is a long-term Republican Party supporter and represents Vermont on the Republican National Committee.

In 2004 he was listed as a "pioneer" for President Bush's re-election campaign. Pioneers were fundraisers who pledged to bring in at least $100,000 (€77,000) to the campaign.

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Tax evasion still causes problems

The state adopts several measures to curb room for tax evasion, but the effect of some is questioned.

Many firms find taxes too complicated to handle themselves.

Police recommend that Bašternák faces charges

The Special Prosecutor’s Office will decide on further moves after examining the investigation file.

One of the protests against the practices of Bašternák (L on the banner) and his connections with the Smer Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (R).

Migration activist flees Germany, Swedish attack ascribed to migrants

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The wide-spread news on a German migrant activist fleeing to Poland is a hoax.

Plans to return elks to Slovak wilderness suspended Photo

Elks once populated Slovak forests in abundance. Now, there are hardly any left in Slovakia.

Elk Nik in the national agricultural centre Lužianky