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Slovak heads court in The Hague

SLOVAK judge Peter Tomka was elected by his peers as President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on February 6 for a three-year term, the TASR newswire reported.

SLOVAK judge Peter Tomka was elected by his peers as President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on February 6 for a three-year term, the TASR newswire reported.

Tomka, age 55, became well-known when he defended Slovakia in a trial concerning the construction of the Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros dam on the Danube River brought by Hungary. Tomka has been a judge of the ICJ since 2003 and was named vice-president in 2009.

The ICJ, with 15 members, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak