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Pahor and Erdogan discuss cooperation, Ukraine, W Balkans

Ankara – President Borut Pahor met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan before wrapping up his two-day trip to Ankara on Wednesday. The presidents confirmed that relations between Slovenia and Turkey were good and friendly. They talked about the war in Ukraine and the Western Balkans, agreeing on a meeting in September.

Pahor discusses Ukraine war effects for W Balkans in Turkey

Ankara – President Borut Pahor started a two-day state visit to Turkey on Tuesday, meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu in Ankara. The pair talked above all about the war in Ukraine and its consequences for the Western Balkans. Pahor also raised this point as he addressed the annual meeting of Turkish diplomats.

Fire under Socerb hill getting close to nearby villages

Koper – A fire that broke out last night under Socerb hill in a hard-to-access area near the border with Italy, south-east of Trieste, has not yet been contained, with a strong bora wind spreading it downhill towards the villages of Osp in Slovenia and Prebenico in Italy. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Young man attacks police officers twice in less than a month

Šentjernej – Police officers pulled over on Monday evening a 21-year-old driver who became violent as the officers tried to breathalyse him, making death threats to them and damaging a police vehicle. The same man attacked and injured two police officers less than a month ago as he was pulled over in a tractor without driver’s licence.

Piran on CNN’s list of 15 prettiest small towns in Europe

Washington – The Slovenian coastal town of Piran has made it to a list of the 15 prettiest small towns across Europe by the US television network CNN, which described it as a “mini Venice”.

Coronavirus infections keep receding

Ljubljana – Slovenia reported 2,402 new cases of coronavirus for Monday, 9% fewer than the same day a week ago as cases kept falling week-on-week for the 12th day running. Six patients with Covid-19 died, fresh data from the Health Ministry shows. The number of patients needing hospital care for Covid-19 dropped by nine from Sunday to 104, of whom 15 require intensive care.

Novo Mesto Bishop Saje reportedly suspected of tax evasion

Ljubljana – The newspaper Delo has reported that Bishop of Novo Mesto Andrej Saje is suspected of tax evasion. On the other hand, Saje has told the STA that he has no knowledge of the criminal complaint that is said to have been filed against him this year, and could not comment on it in detail.

Pahor paying state visit to Turkey this week

Ankara – President Borut Pahor will start a two-day state visit to Turkey on Tuesday at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bilateral relations and the situation in Ukraine will top the agenda. The situation in the Western Balkans and the Middle East will also be discussed.

No major drop in property prices expected yet

Ljubljana – Judging by the available statistical data, Slovenia’s housing market is not showing signs of cooling just yet although real estate agents say prices have stopped going up mid-year. Still, pundits do not think any major drop in prices is likely over the next six months.

Slovenia hosting Transformational Travel Council conference

Ljubljana – Slovenia will be the first European country to host the annual conference of the Transformational Travel Council (TTC), a US collective of tourist organization and businesses, set to take place in the Logar Valley in from 9 to 12 October.

Lil Pump to headline Offline festival

Ptuj – Thousands of electronica fans are expected to flock to Ptuj for a two-day Offline festival of electronica and hip hip, which will be headlined by US rapper star Lil Pump and will feature more than 30 DJs on the outskirts of Slovenia’s oldest city on Friday and Saturday.

Mladina deems presidential function important, Pahor bad president

Ljubljana – Commenting on the role of president of the republic in Slovenia as the presidential race in the country is accelerating, Mladina says the constitution and social commitment are the only thing that kept outgoing President Borut Pahor from causing havoc and damage with his politically biased choices during his mandates.

British PM Johnson on holiday in Slovenia

Ljubljana – Outgoing British PM Boris Johnson is on a short private trip to Slovenia, the office of Slovenian Prime Minister Rober Golob confirmed British media reports for the STA on Friday. Golob’s office also said that no meeting between the two prime ministers was planned.

Coronavirus case count at 1,450 on Thursday

Ljubljana – A total of 1,450 coronavirus cases were logged in Slovenia on Thursday, down 2% from a week ago, as hospitalisations remained stable with 97 patients in hospital due to coronavirus as their main condition and another 14 in intensive care, the latest official statistics show.

Fresh data on healthcare waiting times expected in a month

Ljubljana – For the past two months the Health Ministry has been analysing health care services in 2020 and 2021. Long waiting times have been confirmed as the bane of Slovenia’s healthcare with Minister Danijel Bešič Loredan warning about many errors in the IT system. They now aim to obtain up-to-date data in a month.