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Slovakia flies aid to Pakistan

SLOVAKIA will send earthquake-hit Pakistan a humanitarian consignment containing tents, blankets, drinking water, heaters, stoves and basic medical material, Interior Minister Vladimír Palko told journalists after a working session with PM Mikuláš Dzurinda and other cabinet members on October 10.

A 10-tonne consignment worth several million crowns was transported to Pakistan by a special Interior Ministry plane on October 16.

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Slovak Christmas - traditional and new Photo

A chain around the table legs and waiting for a golden pig. Some old Christmas traditions survive to this day and others have disappeared.

Culture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of Smer

His replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič

Peace, joy and good cheer pack a punch in the streets of Bratislava and its regions. Wassail! Photo

As well as the city centre, individual boroughs are hosting Christmas markets this year; the nearby Schloss Hof is offering a Christmas programme too.

Christmas atmosphere on Hviezdoslavovo square

Sledging run opens in the High Tatras Photo

The sledge track will be 2.5 kilometres long, all the way from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec.

Hrebienok-Starý Smokovec sledge ride