5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Poland and the Czech Republic could resume talks in “the next few days” on a dispute over a lignite mine, the most serious spat between the two countries in decades. The European Union’s top court told Poland last month to halt operations at the Turow mine after Prague complained of environmental damage in nearby Czech villages.

  • Unvaccinated individuals will no longer have to self-isolate when returning from high-risk countries on the Health Ministry’s travel map. They will have to undergo a PCR test and will be obliged to wear a respirator everywhere until cleared.

  • The traditional award giving ceremony held at Prague Castle on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day on October 28 has been rescheduled for January 1, 2022 due to the president’s ill health.


  • The White House has outlined new rules for foreign travellers to the US, as flight restrictions lift for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020. Airlines must confirm that the proof of vaccination comes from an “official source” and was received at least two weeks prior.

  • Australia, long under fire as one of the world’s top producers of coal and gas, said Tuesday that it will target net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but added it will not legislate the goal and instead rely on consumers and companies to drive emission reductions.

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