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Elpidophoros offers prayer at US Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service

US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris began their first full day in office attending a virtual Presidential Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service.

The leaders were joined by their spouses, and Biden's children and grandchildren at the White House Thursday.

The prayer service was hosted by the Washington National Cathedral.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: 566 New Cases, 8 with the New Strain of COVID-19

566 are new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Bulgaria. 9786 PCR tests were performed. This is indicated by the data in the Unified Information Portal.

1248 are newly cured, 58 are dead, 284 are in the intensive care unit. Most new cases are in Sofia, Plovdiv and Pazardzhik.

Johnson says evidence UK virus strain more deadly

The coronavirus strain that has swept Britain and beyond in recent months could be more deadly as well as more transmissible, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Jan. 22. 

The sobering news came as the U.K. sees record deaths from Covid-19, following a surge in cases and hospitalizations since the variant was first identified in southeast England in September.

Istanbul court revokes acquittal of 9 in Gezi trial

An Istanbul court on Jan. 22 overturned the acquittal of nine defendants, including businessman Osman Kavala, in a case regarding Gezi Park events of 2013 that led to nationwide protests.

The 3rd Criminal Chamber of Istanbul Regional Court of Appeals made its decision on appeals against the acquittal ruling by the 30th Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul.

Police force gets new job classification

Ljubljana – The police has a new classification of jobs, which its leadership says adjusts the organisation of work to new security challenges, while a trade union criticises it for bringing more paperwork and introducing more managerial or well-paid jobs. It is also bothered by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reporting to the criminal police head.

Study shows Slovenia losing billions of euros in wood industry

Ljubljana – Slovenia has lost almost EUR 10 billion as it neglected its wood industry in recent decades, shows a study which will serve as a basis for a wood industry strategy for 2021-2027.

While four cubic metres of wood per resident grow in Slovenia a year, only half a cubic metre of wood per resident is used for products.

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