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(Left) A file photo taken on July 5, 2019 of what conceptual artist Ales  Zupevc claims is the first ever monument of Melania Trump, set in the fields near the US first lady’s hometown of  Sevnica, Slovenia and  (right) a photo taken on July 7th,  showing the charred remains of a tree trunk that once acted as a plinth for the wooden statue. Photos by Jure Makovec/AFP via Getty Images.

A wooden sculpture of US first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica in Slovenia, the artist who commissioned the piece has said(...)

Janez Jansa, president of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), addresses media during a press conference after a meeting with Slovenian president Borut Pahor  in Ljubljana on Wednesday. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty

Slovenian president Borut Pahor has nominated Janez Jansa to be the country’s new prime minister, giving the controversial ally of Hungary’s nationali(...)

Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the most bike-friendly city in the world for the second year running. Photograph: Getty Images

There is something thrilling about using a bicycle to explore a new city. Street life seems more vibrant as you whizz past the crowds and down side st(...)

The English Football Association is increasingly open to the idea of Gareth Southgate taking the England job on a full-time basis despite the 2018 World Cup qualifier two disappointing performances so far in his brief period as caretaker manager. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

The English Football Association is increasingly open to the idea of Gareth Southgate taking the England job on a full-time basis despite the two dis(...)

Registration for the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon has closed earlier than many runners anticipated due to unprecedented demand for places. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Did you miss the chance to enter the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon? The race has sold out for the first time in its history and registration ha(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin speaks during a send-off for members of the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin ion Wednesday. Mr Putin visits Slovenia on Saturday. Photograph:  Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Slovenia’s Vrsic Pass is a tranquil place, thick with wildflowers and pines, but one glade rang this week to the sound of brisk labour. At a height o(...)

My latest fascination has been Camellia sasanqua cultivars. The flowers appear in autumn, the plants are much more elegant in habit than their spring-flowering counterparts, Camellia japonica, and have sweet scented flowers.

Unlike some gardeners I know, I’m not a plant collector. Nor do I ever expect to be, for I lack the single mindedness and the ever-so-slightly obsess(...)

Mourn over the coffin before the mass funeral for 136 newly-identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre attended by tens of thousands of mourners in July. Photograph:Matej Divizna/Getty Images

History’s many cruel ironies show no mercy. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton agreement in Paris. The peace treaty marked(...)

A mounted policeman leads a group of migrants near Dobova, Slovenia. The country has moved to tighten security to cope with a surge of migrants arriving from the Balkans. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia has moved to beef up security to cope with a surge of migrants arriving from the Balkans, as the European Union invited the region’s leaders (...)

 Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic: “Slovenia will not close its border unless Germany closes its border, in that case Croatia will have to do the same.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

A new route for migrants moving through the Balkans towards western Europe is already under strain, with numbers growing rapidly on the Serbia-Croatia(...)

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