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Gravediggers Compete Judged on Speed—and Style

But more people be attracted to the job?

(Newser) - Digging their way to the top, 18 two-man teams of Hungarian gravediggers displayed their skills Friday for a place in a regional championship to be held in Slovakia later this year, the AP reports. Participants in the contest, held in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen, were being judged on... More »

American Couple Helps 149 Iraqi Christians Escape ISIS

They flew 25 refugee families to Slovakia this month

(Newser) - Nearly 150 refugees from Iraq—including many children—got off a private jet in Slovakia on Dec. 10, ready to start a new life far from ISIS attacks, ABC News reports. The 25 families are Christians who fled their homes to escape persecution and violence. They were aided in their... More »

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in... More »

World's 'Greatest' Mass Murderess Bathed in Blood

Countess Elizabeth Bathory died 400 years ago

(Newser) - Talk about a grim anniversary: Countess Elizabeth Bathory of the Kingdom of Hungary died 400 years ago, ending the world's "most prolific" recorded killing spree by a woman, CNN reports. Bathory reportedly tortured and killed up to 650 girls and bathed in their blood because she believed it... More »

European Corruption 'Breathtaking': EU Report

Romania and Bulgaria lead the pack of worst offenders

(Newser) - Think Europeans are unlikely to be corrupted by a bribe? Not according to a new EU report that calls European corruption "breathtaking" in scope and says it costs at least $120 billion a year, the BBC reports. The extent of corruption varies by country, but 75% of Europeans surveyed... More »

US Sends Guantanamo's Last 3 Uighurs to Slovakia

It had been a struggle to resettle the Uighurs

(Newser) - Slovakia has accepted three prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who had posed a difficult resettlement challenge, helping the US government move closer to its goal of closing the prison on its base in Cuba, officials said today. The three men who left for the Central European country in recent days were... More »

Slovakia Leftists Heading for Big Win

Elections give leftist party first majority in Slovakia history

(Newser) - Slovakia's leftist opposition appears headed toward a big win in yesterday's elections, reports the AP . With most of the votes counted, the Smer-Social Democracy party has taken 44.8% of the vote, enough for 84 of the 150-seat parliament. If the lead holds up, it will be the... More »

Slovaks Set to Walk on Top of Chuck Norris

Action hero leading ballot to name new pedestrian bridge in Slovakia

(Newser) - There won't be anything pedestrian about this pedestrian bridge across the Morava River from Slovakia to Austria—not once it's named after awesome action star Chuck Norris. Norris is the runaway leader of an Internet ballot to select the new bridge's name, taking in 74% of votes... More »

Slovakia Blocks Euro Zone Bailout (for Now)

It's expected to pass later this week

(Newser) - Slovakian lawmakers today rejected the expansion of the euro currency zone's bailout fund. But parliament is expected to pass the measure later this week, notes MarketWatch . Slovakia remains the only country in the 17-member euro zone that has not approved expanding the bailout fund, which requires unanimous support. Today'... More »

Slovakia Knocks Out Italy With 3-2 Upset

Defending champs finish dead last in Group F

(Newser) - Defending champion Italy was eliminated from the World Cup today after a humbling 3-2 loss that sent Slovakia through to the round of 16. For the third consecutive match, the Azzurri allowed an early goal, and this time they never recovered. Robert Vittek put Slovakia ahead in the 25th minute... More »

Team USA Gains Gold Medal Game

Americans will play for elusive medal on anniversary of Squaw Valley triumph

(Newser) - The torment began almost immediately. The shot by Ryan Malone of the US into a wide-open net left Finland goalie Miikka Kiprusoff staring at the ceiling and shaking his head. What happened next in today's semifinal jolted Canada Hockey Place: The Americans scored four times on Kiprusoff in a six-goal... More »

Slovakia Takes 3 Gitmo Detainees

Transfer based on EU-US agreement designed to help close prison

(Newser) - Three detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay were moved to Slovakia over the weekend, bringing the total number of detainees at the Cuban base down to 193. Neither that nation nor the Justice Department, at Slovakia’s urging, would disclose the former prisoners’ names or nationalities, Reuters reports.... More »

Man Arrested for Unwittingly Flying With Explosives

Slovakian passenger a victim of blundered security exercise

(Newser) - Irish police released a Slovakian electrician last night, after his country convinced them that he really had been unaware that he was carrying 3 oz of plastic explosives in his luggage. The unnamed man was the victim of a weird security exercise gone wrong, the Times explains. Slovakian authorities recently... More »

EU Sold Millions in Weapons to Sri Lankan Army

European arms may have been used in civil war atrocities

(Newser) - European Union nations sold millions of dollars worth of arms and military equipment to the Sri Lankan army in the final stages of its 26-year civil war, in which the army has been accused of atrocities. The UK sold the country $22.3 million in armored vehicles and weapons, though... More »

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