January 16, 2005 |
Bears in Slovakia are awakening early from hibernation. So are barmaids in Bavaria, unseasonably busy in outdoor beer gardens. Bushes are blooming in Austria, and skiers at snowless Bosnian resorts are chilling out in hotel pools. Forgoing a white Christmas was one thing, but the utter absence of snow for weeks on end from the Baltics to the Balkans has many Europeans pining for what seems -- so far, anyway -- like the Winter That Wasn't.
May 28, 2004 |
Two bags filled with explosives were found in Bratislava, the Slovak capital, near a venue where hundreds of NATO parliamentary officials are to meet today, officials said. They said one plastic bag was filled with about a pound of the Czechoslovak industrial explosive Permonex dating back to 1991. A second contained about 2 pounds of an explosive, apparently of Yugoslav origin, called Pentrit.
April 18, 2004 |
Slovaks dealt a knockout blow to authoritarian former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar in Saturday's presidential election, choosing the more moderate Ivan Gasparovic just weeks before their nation is to join the European Union. The nation's electoral committee said today that according to preliminary results, Gasparovic, a former political ally of Meciar, took 59.91% of the vote with all 50 districts reporting.
April 4, 2004 |
Former authoritarian Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar edged out the expected favorite in Slovakia's presidential election Saturday and seemed set to advance to a second round against a former political ally. Meciar, whose rule was criticized by Western leaders for its lack of democracy and rule of law, won 32.7% of the vote in his bid for the mostly ceremonial presidency, said Ladislav Jaca, a Central Election Commission official.
March 30, 2004 |
President Bush welcomed seven Eastern European nations into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Monday in a White House ceremony marking only the fourth time the alliance has opened its ranks to new members since its founding after World War II. Bush hailed the new members -- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia -- as countries that have triumphed over tyranny.
December 28, 2003 |
It's a sleepy Sunday morning, and the quiet of a field behind the capital's high-rises is interrupted only by the beeps of a metal detector and the occasional thumps of a hoe. For Jan Babincak, the day of rest is an opportunity to look for the missing numerical identification of a U.S. warplane that crashed in the field during World War II.
September 22, 2003 |
Dominik Hrbaty, the local boy who made good in a very big way Friday by making U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick resemble a lost soul in the sands of the Sahara, pictured Sunday's Davis Cup relegation series matches against the U.S. this way: "With a day's rest Karol [Kucera] comes back to beat Roddick too, and I'm in the fifth match against [Mardy] Fish, deciding everything. Everybody is nervous out of their minds." His brown eyes were gleaming in anticipation.
September 21, 2003 |
The Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, might be the sweetest Davis Cup doubles team the United States has had in a long time. On Saturday, the twins from Camarillo soured the afternoon for Slovakia and 4,200 bombastic ticket holders in the National Tennis Center. "We waited a long time for this," said Michael Carl Bryan, the elder (by two minutes) of the 25-year-old twins, whose Cup coming-out party amounted to a seamless 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (5) decision over Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck. "Yeah.
September 20, 2003 |
Where was Mardy Fish when the lights went out? Sitting in the dark, trying to figure out a way to ward off a blackout of the U.S. Davis Cup team, which was in big trouble. "It was not pleasant, the thought of being behind, 2-0," said Patrick McEnroe, the U.S. captain. Certainly not when the Americans were in a best-of-five-match series that began Friday amid the din of drums, horns and boisterous voices of the home crowd. Most certainly not when the toast of tennis 12 days before -- U.S.
September 19, 2003 |
Led by U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, the United States must defeat Slovakia on clay in this weekend's playoff match at Bratislava, or be demoted to the Davis Cup's second tier. That hasn't happened in 15 years. However, a victory in the World Group playoff would keep the Americans in the 16-team top division with hopes for 2004 and a record 32nd title. "This is the start of our run to try to win this thing, and we have to get through this match first," said Roddick.