5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Two firefighters were killed in a gas explosion that leveled a family house in the southeast Czech Republic, officials said on Wednesday. The head of the regional government, Radim Holis, also said two other firefighters were injured. The regional rescue service said a total of four people were injured in the explosion that occurred in the town of Korycany shortly after noon.
  • The Czech parliament approved a law on Wednesday setting the framework for aid to renewable energy projects, which industry players hope will restart a boom in green projects.
  • Nearly 8,000 people in the Czech Republic may apply for the third COVID vaccine dose as of Monday, September 20, while eight are eligible for it now as they received their second dose eight months ago. On Monday, those concerned will receive a text message informing them of the possibility to get revaccinated.


  • North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles on Wednesday, the latest volley in an arms race in which both nations have developed increasingly sophisticated weapons while efforts prove fruitless to get talks going on defusing tensions.
  • The iPhone 13 was unveiled at a special Apple event on September 14. It boasts a powerful A15 chip and improvements to the camera, and comes in four variants: iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 is available to pre-order from Friday, September 17.
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