5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Unemployment in the Czech Republic fell to 3.5 percent in September from 3.6 percent in August. The Central Labor Office registered 262,142 job seekers, approximately 5,700 fewer than in the previous month and almost 14,900 less than in September of last year. There are currently 357,911 job vacancies.

  • The volume of carcinogenic and hormonal system-unfriendly substances released within emissions and waste in the air and water in Czechia steeply rose in 2020, with the Spolana chemical plant being the worst polluter of all for the seventh consecutive year.

  • Voting in this year’s elections to the Chamber of Deputies began on Wednesday morning for those in quarantine in connection with Covid-19. They are able to vote at 82 special drive-in stations around the country.


  • Sweden and Denmark said on Wednesday they are pausing the use of Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare cardiovascular side effects.

  • The United States and China have agreed in principle for their presidents to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday, after high-level talks aimed at improving communication between the two countries.

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