Morning News: Friday, August 12, 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. 

 

  • Tourists will be banned from the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, recently hit by a disastrous fire, until August 31, Economy Minister Anna Hubackova said, adding that the evacuated locals can start returning to their homes on Saturday.

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  • The Czech Republic has granted temporary protection visas to 410,459 Ukrainian refugees since the war in Ukraine started in February, with 1,096 visas issued on Wednesday, some 40 fewer than a week ago, the Interior Ministry wrote on Twitter today.

 

  • The Supreme Court has confirmed the 20-year prison sentence for Martin Kantor, for fighting in the ranks of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Adam Wenig, the spokesman for the Prague Municipal Court, told journalists today.

 

  • As expected, the Czech Senate yesterday approved NATO accession for Finland and Sweden almost unanimously. Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in early July in reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

 

  • The Czech Banking Association (ČBA) has improved its forecast for the growth of the Czech economy from May’s previous estimate of 1.8 percent to 2.4 percent. In an on-line conference, representatives of the ČBA said that this was due to the Czech economy developing better in the first half of the year than was previously expected.

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