News Archive - May 2011

Libyan rebels reject Gaddafi’s new ceasefire call

31. 05. 2011
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Rebels have rejected the results of fresh mediation efforts to end the conflict in Libya with Muammar Gaddafi giving no sign he is ready to step down.

Koper Welcomes a Giant

31. 05. 2011
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Slovenia's sole sea port in Koper welcomed the biggest cruise ship that ever entered Slovenian waters, the Voyager of the Seas, one of the largest passenger ships in the world that can accommodate over 3,000 guests. This comes after the port passenger terminal has been renovated and the sea bed deepened to accommodate large cruise ships.

Germany to go nuclear free

30. 05. 2011
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After talks that stretched deep into the night Germany’s coalition government has agreed to shut all its nuclear plants in response to Japan’s Fukushima accident.

OECD: Safety High, Incomes not so

30. 05. 2011
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Slovenia ranks 21st in the better life index of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which was launched in Paris to mark the organisation's 50th anniversary.

Accused war criminal Mladic rejects UN court’s authority

27. 05. 2011
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Ratko Mladic says he does not recognise the UN war crimes tribunal. On Thursday, the former Bosnian Serb army chief appeared before a court in the Serbian capital Belgrade in proceedings that should lead to extradition. If he loses, Mladic will face charges at the UN tribunal at the Hague.

OECD Projects 1.8% Growth for Slovenia in 2011

27. 05. 2011
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Slovenia's economic recovery continues to rest on external demand and the filling of inventories, the OECD says in its latest economic forecast for Slovenia published on Wednesday. The organisation projects a 1.8% economic growth for Slovenia in 2011 and a 2.6% growth for 2012.

G8 leaders set to focus on Arab Spring

26. 05. 2011
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World leaders meet today at the French seaside town of Deauville for a G8 summit. It’s expected to be dominated by the popular revolts sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

Telco T2 Passes Into Gratel Ownership

26. 05. 2011
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Insolvent telecommunications company T-2 has passed into the hands of telecommunications infrastructure company Gratel as part of recapitalisation by the debtors.

Lagarde launches bid to head IMF

25. 05. 2011
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Christine Lagarde has entered the race to be the next head of the International Monetary Fund and succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Pension Reform Worthy of Support

25. 05. 2011
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President Danilo Tuerk underlined on Tuesday that the planned pension reform was worthy of support in the 5 June referendum. He believes, however, that the pre-referendum debate was of poor quality and that the dialogue between the government and the trade unions had failed to bring results.

Airlines warned Icelandic volcano ash cloud could spread

23. 05. 2011
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Europe has been put on alert for some travel disruption following an eruption by Iceland’s most active volcano.

Pressure grows on jailed IMF boss to quit his job

18. 05. 2011
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The head of the International Monetary Fund, is said to be on suicide watch in prison as pressure mounts for him to quit his job.

Tuerk and Medvedev Happy with Bilateral Ties

18. 05. 2011
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President Danilo Tuerk and Russian counterpart counterpart Dmitry Medvedev established during Tuerk's working visit to Russia on Monday that bilateral relations are very good and developing successfully in all areas.

IMF boss denies sex assault charges

16. 05. 2011
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The head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cuffed and taken for forensic testing accompanied by police.

Proud but Dissatisfied

16. 05. 2011
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President Danilo Tuerk heaped praise on the Slovenian army as he addressed a ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the force. But his words were overshadowed by a call from a trade union representing troops for the sacking of Chief-of-Staff Alojz Steiner.

Scores killed in Pakistan suicide bomb blasts

13. 05. 2011
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Police in Pakistan say at least 69 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northwest of the country.

NKBM Becomes First Slovenian Company to Enter Foreign SE

13. 05. 2011
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Slovenia's second-largest bank, NKBM, listed its shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange on Wednesday as the first Slovenian company to enter a foreign stock exchange alongside being quoted on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange. Head of the WSE Ludwik Sobolewski expressed hope that more Slovenian companies would follow suit.

Obama calls immigration reform critical, blasts GOP opponents

11. 05. 2011
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President Barack Obama renewed his push for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, citing America's legacy as a nation of immigrants and saying that finding a solution for millions of undocumented workers is critical to the country's common future.

Norway and Slovenia signed new agreements

11. 05. 2011
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Norway and Slovenia signed new agreements today on the distribution of EUR 26.9 million under the EEA and Norway Grants. These funds will be used to promote economic and social development in Slovenia and to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. Priority areas under the new agreements are public health, environmental protection and civil society.

Massive show of military might in Russia

09. 05. 2011
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Russia has marked the 66th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany with an impressive display of its military might.The Prime Minister and President were both in attendance.

Among the World's Hardest Working Nations

09. 05. 2011
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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has recently released a survey which examined the number of hours the population of its member countries spent in paid and unpaid work and how much they spent in leisure activities. Slovenia ranks among the ten hardest working nations, a report by CNBC web portal says.

Bin Ladens possible attack against US trains

06. 05. 2011
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US government officials say they have found evidence in Osama bin Laden’s hideout of a planned rail attack on the tenth anniversary of September the 11th. The Department of Homeland Security claims to have intelligence indicating that the Al Qaeda leader discussed targeting a train within America.

Police Probe Maribor Municipality

06. 05. 2011
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Crime investigators have been conducting house searches at the offices of the Maribor municipality and several other locations on suspicion of white collar crime on Wednesday. Nine people were detained, among them Mayor Franc Kangler.

Slovenian Road Cargo Transport Up in 2010

04. 05. 2011
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Lorries registered in Slovenia transported 81 million tonnes of cargo in 2010, which is 8% more than in the year before. The volume of cargo transported within Slovenia was up 5%, and in international transport up 16%, according to the Statistics Office.

US considers publishing photos of bin Laden’s body

04. 05. 2011
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Despite the compound where Osama bin Laden died suddenly becoming a place for the curious, the US is under pressure to release photographs to prove the al Qaeda leader is dead.