Morning Headlines for Slovenia: 21 July, 2019

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Fitch upgrades credit rating for Slovenia from A- to A

LJUBLJANA - The rating agency Fitch upgraded on Friday the credit rating for Slovenia from A- to A with a stable outlook. Fitch highlighted the lowering of the public debt, the public finances surplus and the country's economic growth among the reasons, the Finance Ministry said. "Following the April outlook upgrade by Moody's from stable to positive, there was S&P's credit rating upgrade from A+ to AA- in June, and yesterday Slovenia's good shape was also confirmed by Fitch," Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj said.

Over 120 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, apprehended near border

KOPER - Koper police apprehended on Friday over 120 migrants in the Ilirska Bistrica area close the southern border with Croatia's and the western border with Italy. Most of the migrants, the bulk of which are Afghan citizens, will be returned to Croatia today. Police have assessed that the group numbers around 200 in total and the search, involving police dogs and a helicopter, continues, with 122 people apprehended by Saturday morning.

Janša tells SDS's annual get-together that party has grown stronger

BOVEC - Democrats (SDS) head Janez Janša hailed the opposition party's election results in the past year and criticised the current government as he addressed the starting gathering of the SDS's traditional two-week summer camp near Bovec. Janša said the government had been formed after the general election by the losers, which he aruged was not usual "in normal democracies". Also, he said the choice of Slovenian's Ambassador to the EU Janez Lenarčič as the Slovenian candidate for EU commissioner had been guided solely by the wish to put forward somebody who would not endanger anyone at home, irrespective of their prospect for benefiting Slovenia. Meanwhile, he said the party had grown stronger, having 2000 new members.

Slovenia joins celebrations of Moon landing anniversary

VITANJE/BISTRA - Slovenia joined global celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this weekend as the Noordung Centre in Vitanje and the Technical Museum in Bistra host special events dedicated to one of humanity's greatest technological achievements.

MetalDays to paint Tolmin region black

TOLMIN - The MetalDays open-air music festival kicked off near the north-western town of Tolmin today and will feature over 100 performers until 27 July. Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, German-US power metal band Demons & Wizards and Finland's singer-songwriter Tarja are among the highlights. Metal fans from across the world flock to the Tolmin area every July, deeming the festival a paradise that not only provides great music acts but also a camping site and refreshing escape in the emerald green waters of the Soča and Tolminka rivers.

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