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Slovenia logs 255 new Covid cases on Thursday

Ljubljana – Slovenia reported 255 new coronavirus cases for Thursday, down 31 on the day before and 39 in weekly comparison, shows data by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). No additional Covid-related deaths were reported. The NIJZ estimates that there are currently 3,915 active cases in the country, down by some 150 on the day before.

Event marks 77th anniversary of US Army ski race on Mt Mangart

Bovec – A special ceremony on Friday marked 77 years since the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army held a ski race on the slopes of Mt Mangart. The event was followed in the evening by the Slovenian premiere of American filmmaker Chris Anthony’s documentary dedicated to the post-WWII race.

Slovenia’s New Govt Has Fighting Chance to Restore Normality

Janša's reign has left serious consequences that won't be easily eliminated, however. He placed his own staff in the state administration and drilled an astronomical hole in the budget as a result of wasteful policies, whose main mechanism was borrowing at the expense of future generations.

US religious freedom report notes pending requests in Slovenia

Washington – The US Office of International Religious Freedom published its 2021 religious freedom report on Thursday, noting religious communities’ concerns in Slovenia about several loopholes and pending requests, including those related to halal meals, male circumcision and a lack of certain religious staff in the military.

Demokracija praises achievements of former govt

Ljubljana – The weekly Demokracija says in the commentary entitled Farewell of Very Successful (Third) Janša Government that the former government had been faced with many unimaginable challenges and was leaving the country in excellent macroeconomic shape.

Slovenia start League B campaign in UEFA Nations League

Ljubljana – The Slovenian men’s football team will open their third campaign in the UEFA Nations League against Sweden in Stožice Stadium in Ljubljana on Thursday in what is Slovenia’s first appearance in the second-tier League B after two years in League C.

Third case of monkeypox confirmed in Slovenia

Ljubljana – After the first two cases of monkeypox were confirmed in Slovenia about a week ago, the National Institute of Public Health said on Thursday that three infections had been confirmed so far. Epidemiological procedures are under way.

No Covid deaths on Wednesday

Ljubljana – The number of new daily coronavirus infections recorded in Slovenia on Wednesday dropped by 15% compared to a week ago to 286 cases. No deaths were reported. Currently, 36 Covid patients are at regular Covid wards and three in intensive care, according to the Health Ministry.

Late author Pahor remembered at commemoration in native Trieste

Trieste – A commemoration was held on Wednesday evening at the National Hall in Trieste, Italy, to pay respects to late Slovenian author Boris Pahor, who died aged 108 in his native Trieste on Monday. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday at St Ana Cemetery in Trieste.

Caritas Slovenia raised over EUR 3m for Ukraine so far

Ljubljana – Caritas Slovenia has so far raised more than EUR 3 million in aid for Ukraine in what is the biggest humanitarian campaign dedicated to a foreign country in Slovenia’s history. The organisation, which has so far sent 20 shipments totalling 283 tonnes of aid to the war-stricken country, notes that the situation there calls for more and more help.

Austrian foreign minister due in Ljubljana on Monday

Ljubljana – Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon will host her Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg in Ljubljana on Monday in what will be her first international bilateral meeting since the new Slovenian government assumed office. Schallenberg will also meet Prime Minister Robert Golob and President Borut Pahor.

Defence expert says continued Ukraine war failure of diplomacy

Ljubljana – Defence expert Vladimir Prebilič has assessed for the STA that the continuation of the war in Ukraine constitutes a failure of diplomacy, while noting that the pressure from Kyiv on the EU and NATO to provide aid is not productive. He believes that the aid received by Ukraine in the current form is unsustainable in the long run.

Former leader of Slovenian Protestants dies

Ljubljana – Former head of the Slovenian Evangelical Lutheran Church Geza Erniša has died aged 70 after being hospitalised due to illness, online portal Vestnik reports on Wednesday. He was the first bishop of the church in Slovenia, having held the post for 18 years until 2013.

US congratulates new government

Ljubljana – The United States has congratulated Prime Minister Robert Golob and the new Slovenian government on their confirmation by parliament. According to the US Embassy, the US is looking forward “to continuing to advance global security and prosperity through our combined efforts in NATO and international organizations.”