Bratislava, Slovakia Anti-corruption triumph

An environmental and anti-corruption activist was sworn in this week as Slovakia’s first female president. Zuzana Caputova, 45, is a liberal lawyer nicknamed “the Slovak Erin Brockovich” for her successful 14-year lawsuit to block a toxic landfill in her hometown. Her first act after victory was to light a candle at a shrine for murdered reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova; they were shot dead last year as Kuciak worked on a story about corruption in the ruling center-left party, Smer. Five people have been charged with the murders, including a millionaire linked to Smer, and the uproar over the deaths sparked anti-government protests that brought down the prime minister. Caputova said the killings spurred her to run.