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News roundup - Sunday, 22 August

Ljubljana, 22 August - Below is a roundup of major events on Sunday, 22 August:

Janša says EU will not open humanitarian corridors to Afghanistan

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša said he EU would "not open any 'humanitarian' or migration corridors to Afghanistan". "We will not allow a repeat of the strategic mistake of 2015. We will only help individuals who have helped us in the course of the NATO mission and EU member states that protect our external border," he said on Twitter. In a different tweet, he said that it women are organising and fighting the Taliban in certain parts of Afghanistan, so should men.

Tally of new coronavirus cases reaches 244 on Saturday

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia reported 244 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the highest Saturday figure since mid-May and an increase of 150% on the previous week. More than 17% of all cases came back positive. There were 66 patients with Covid in hospital this morning, the same as yesterday, with the number of ICU cases rising by three to 18. Two patients with Covid-19 died.

Diaspora writer Rebula honoured with bust

LOKA PRI ZIDANEM MOSTU - A bust of Alojz Rebula (1924-2018), a diaspora writer and translator, was unveiled in front of the Church of St Helen in Loka pri Zidanem Mostu, where he spent the last years of his life. The work of sculptor Zoran Poznič, the bust was presented at a ceremony featuring President Borut Pahor, Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti and Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch. Mass was given by Cardinal Franc Rode.

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