Tourists gather on Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna Himal, in   Annapurna,  Nepal. Photograph: Getty Images
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Janez Jansa greets his supporters as he exits the court building after the verdict, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, yesterday. He was sentenced Jansa to two years in prison for seeking bribes from a Finnish arms dealer. Photograph: Matej Leskovsek/AP

Slovenia’s former prime minister Janez Jansa has been jailed for two years for taking bribes in a major arms deal, in a case that he denounces as an a(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek: said the stability package would be enough to prevent the tiny Alpine country following Cyprus in the euro zone queue for a bailout. Photograph: Matej Leskovsek/International Herald Tribune

Slovenia has pledged to sell 15 state firms and raise VAT in a desperate bid to avoid an international bailout, but a reliance more on revenues(...)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek in Brussels this week. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has flagged the danger of “excessive imbalances” in Slovenia’s economy, as the ex-Yugoslav republic seeks to save its b(...)