News Blast at Palestinian embassy not triggered by safe mechanism

31-03-2014 11:35 | Daniela Lazarová

The blast at the Palestinian embassy that killed ambassador Jamal al Jamal on January 1st of this year was not caused by a built in security device as previously thought, according to the results of an ongoing police investigation. According to police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulová a test carried out within the investigation shows that the explosion did not occur inside the safe. The internet news site iDnes says there is reason to believe that the ambassador was holding the explosive in his hands when the blast occurred. Police ruled out foul play early on and are now are investigating the incident as death caused by negligence.

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Osprey aircraft to be displayed in Ostrava

19-09-2014 10:28 | Ruth Fraňková

The unique CV-22B Osprey aircraft landed at the Mošnov international airport in Ostrava on Friday. The unique half-helicopter half-plane, used by the US Air Force special forces, will be displayed at the annual NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days air show, which will get underway in Ostrava on Saturday. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the two-day event. 

Czech Red Cross sends aid to Ukraine

19-09-2014 10:10 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Red Cross, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is sending 1600 tonnes of medical supplies to Ukraine. It is already the seventh delivery of humanitarian aid from the Czech Republic to Ukraine. Earlier this year, the Czech government approved 50 million crown in aid to Ukraine for projects aimed at reconstructing health, educational and social facilities as well as infrastructure projects across the country. Czech hospitals have also provided treatment to more than forty injured Ukrainians as part of the Medevac programme of evacuating Ukrainian citizens in need of medical treatment. 

Škoda to resume suspended production in Russia

18-09-2014 17:40 | Ruth Fraňková

The car manufacturer Škoda will resume its production in Russia on Monday, the daily Lidové noviny writes on Thursday. The car manufacturer suspended production in two of its plants, in Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod, on the 8th of September. Despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which has had a negative impact on the automotive industry in Russia, Škoda’s share in the Russian market in July increased from 3.1 to 4.2 percent on an annual basis. 

Senate hosts gathering against anti-Semitism

18-09-2014 17:40 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Senate on Thursday hosted a gathering against anti-Semitism to raise awareness of the anti-Jewish moods generated by the recent conflicts in Gaza. Head of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Leo Pavlát, warned against media manipulation in covering the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. The participants of the gathering, initiated by Senator Daniela Filipiová of the Civic Democratic Party, called on the president Miloš Zeman and the Czech government to send a clear message that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated. 

Agriculture minister meets with supermarket representatives

18-09-2014 15:48 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech Minister of Agriculture Marian Jurečka is meeting with representatives of large supermarket chains on Thursday to discuss the issue of food waste as well as ways of supporting Czech producers. The ministry plans to launch a campaign to promote domestic production in mid-October, aimed at reducing the impact of the Russian embargo on EU food exports. 

First opera by Antonín Dvořák premiered in Prague

18-09-2014 14:35 | Ruth Fraňková

The first opera by Antonín Dvořák, Alfred, was performed for the first time ever with the original German libretto on Wednesday night at the Dvořák’s Prague festival, which is currently underway in the Czech capital. The Czech composer wrote the opera in 1870 at the age of 29. The piece was already performed once before, in 1938, with the libretto translated into Czech. 

Fair Play to compete for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

18-09-2014 14:33 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech movie Fair Play has been chosen as the Czech Republic’s official entry for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Written and directed by Andrea Sedláčková, Fair Play explores doping in sport in the 1980s communist Czechoslovakia. 

Tripartite approves draft state budget

18-09-2014 13:55 | Ruth Fraňková

Representatives of the government, trade unions and employers on Wednesday agreed on the draft state budget for 2015. Under the proposal, the state budget deficit for next year should not exceed 100 billion crowns and will include hikes in salaries in the public sector. Speaking after the meeting of the tripartite, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka expressed his confidence that the budget proposal will be approved by the cabinet on Monday. 

First shipment of military aid sent to Kurdish forces

18-09-2014 13:31 | Ruth Fraňková

The first shipment of Czech military aid to Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State radicals in northern Iraq was sent from the military airport in Pardubice on Thursday. The C-17 Globemaster transport plane carried around 25 tonnes of ammunition worth 41 million crowns, including millions of rounds of ammunition for Kalashnikov assault rifles and machine guns, as well as hand grenades and ammunition for anti-tank rocket launchers. 

CR to provide financial support to fight Ebola

18-09-2014 13:31 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Republic is to release three million crowns to the NGO Doctors without Borders to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka discussed the situation in Africa and the possibilities of Czech help with the head of the Czech branch of Doctors without Borders Pavel Gruber on Thursday, along with several members of the government. The Czech Republic has also pledged to send material support, such as protective equipment. Final details will be specified by the interior and health ministers by the end of September. 



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