Morning News: Monday, August 8, 2022

If your day doesn’t start until you’re up to speed on the latest headlines, then let us introduce you to our new morning fix. 

 

  • Saturday was the first day since the start of the Russian invasion in February that Czechia did not grant any temporary protection visas to refugees from Ukraine. The Czech authorities have issued almost 404,000 temporary protection visas to Ukrainian citizens so far.

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  • Some 660,849 foreigners were living legally in Czechia at the end of last year, making up over six percent of the total population for the first time, according to a government report on migration and integration of foreigners.

 

  • A fragment of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome, designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel and lasting out of an atomic bomb explosion, will be displayed in the 20th Century History exposition of the National Museum in Prague.

 

  • The international credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has lowered the outlook for the Czech Republic from stable to negative due to a possible disruption of Russian gas supplies. A disruption in supplies could lead to gas rationing and plunge the country into a deep economic recession. However, Moody’s still confirmed the credit reliability assessment of Czechia at grade Aa3.

 

  • Czech detectives looking into the blasts in the ammunition depot in Vrbetice formed in February an investigating team with their British counterparts who deal with the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, the National Organised Crime Centre (NCOZ) spokesman said today. The reason for creating the joint team was information exchange about the suspects in both cases.

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