5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • The Czech Republic’s total foreign indebtedness rose to 164.17 billion euros at the end of June from revised 163.57 billion euros at the end of March, the central bank said on Monday.
  • The Moravia-Silesia customs officers have revealed an international gang of pervitin (methamphetamine) producers and seven people, including one Pole, have been accused in the case. They face up to 18 years in prison if convicted. The police assume they made some 70,000 meth doses worth 14 million crowns.

  • World-famous Czech-French photographer Josef Koudelka donated today some 2,000 pictures taken across his life-long career to the Czech Republic and the Prague Museum of Decorative Arts is going to get the largest share of the collection, 1,800 pieces. The administrative procedure has taken many years and the donation contracts are signed progressively.


  • Canadians gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party a victory in Monday’s parliamentary elections, but his gamble to win a majority of seats failed. Trudeau’s Liberals were leading or elected in 157 seats – exactly the same number they won in 2019, but 13 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the House of Commons.
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated on Tuesday that China aims to provide 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world by the end of the year.

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