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17-04-2014 14:23 | Jan Velinger

The Czech prime minister, speaking in France after meeting President Holland, said Russia needed to reduce its military presence along the border with Ukraine and to ease tensions in the area. He added that the Czech Republic was watching developments there with concern. Mr Sobotka also maintained that Prague and Paris held similar views on development in Ukraine, namely that the massive concentration of Russian troops on the Ukraine border was escalating pressure and could be considered an act of intimidation.

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Police investigating chlorine leak

13-02-2016 15:57 | Daniela Lazarová

Police are investigating a chlorine leak at a swimming pool facility in a hotel in the Klinovec ski resort in the Ore Mountains on Friday. Twelve people were taken to hospital for treatment among them seven tourists from Denmark who were treated at a medical facility in Annaberg, Germany. Five Czechs received treatment in the Czech Republic. 

Czech designer Bořek Šípek dies at 66

13-02-2016 13:50 | Daniela Lazarová

Prominent Czech architect and designer Bořek Šípek has died at the age of 66. He succumbed to cancer. Šípek was known for his unusual, colorful and rich style and neo-baroque designs. He focused on product design for international manufacturers. At the request of the late president Václav Havel he was appointed Court architect at Prague Castle. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and can be found in permanent collections many museums worldwide. 

Pravo:Third terrorist suspect filed for asylum in Czech Republic

13-02-2016 09:53 | Daniela Lazarová

Faouzi Jaber, the third terrorist suspect wanted by the US who remains in a Prague jail, allegedly filed for asylum in the Czech Republic. According to the daily Pravo this was the reason why Justice Minister Robert Pelikan could not decide on his fate together with the other two suspects who were freed. According to the paper, the Czech Interior Ministry has since rejected his application, and the minister is expected to make a decision on whether to extradite him to the US or free him in the coming days. According to his lawyer Jaber was afraid of extradition both to the US and Lebanon. 

Prisoners tried to use heart medication as drug

13-02-2016 09:28 | Daniela Lazarová

Eleven prisoners at a jail in Pardubice, east Bohemia who were rushed to hospital after overdosing on medication intended for heart arrhythmia reportedly used them in place of drugs. Two of the prisoners were in a grave condition and had to be resuscitated, but all are now out of danger. One remains hospitalized. The prison service has dismissed speculation that they attempted to commit suicide. The medication was prescribed for one of the inmates who suffers from heart arrhythmia. 

Czech Republic still has problems with gender equality at the workplace

13-02-2016 09:26 | Daniela Lazarová

A survey of 250 Czech companies revealed that a mere 13 percent of supervisory board members are women, the ctk news agency reports. In firms with a turnover higher than 100 million crowns the number of women on executive boards was 11.5 percent. Women were completely absent on the boards of two fifths of financial institutions. As regards gender equality at the workplace in 2014 the Czech Republic placed 96 th on a list of 142 countries. 

Damage estimate of fire at National Museum around 10 million crowns

13-02-2016 09:25 | Daniela Lazarová

A preliminary estimate of the fire that broke out at the National Museum in the early hours of Friday is 10 million crowns. The fire ravaged 200 square metres of the roof, but the historic halls of the building escaped significant damage. No one was hurt in the fire. An investigation is underway to ascertain its cause. The head of the National Museum Michal Lukeš says it was most likely linked to the extensive reconstruction work underway on the building. 

Czech crown jewels to go on display in May

12-02-2016 18:01 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech crown jewels will go on display at Prague Castle in May as part of events marking the 700th anniversary of the birth of Czech king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, the head of Prague Castle administration David Šebek told the ctk news agency on Friday. The crown jewels will be put on display at Vladislav Hall from May 15 until May 29 and admission will be free of charge. The collection was last displayed in May 2013 to mark the election of Miloš Zeman president. 

Koller not to perform alongside Ortel

12-02-2016 16:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Czech singer David Koller has announced he will not be performing at venues at which the highly controversial Czech band Ortel makes and appearance. Ortel, whose hateful lyrics primarily target religious and ethnic minorities, is currently riding high on anti-immigrant sentiments. Last year, the largely unknown band from Plzeň jumped from 105th spot to fourth place in the Český Slavík competition. Koller, on the other hand, often takes a public stand against left and right extremism. 

President Zeman: Europe must deport economic migrants and religious fanatics

12-02-2016 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

President Miloš Zeman has said that the solution to the migrant crisis in Europe is the deportation of all economic migrants and religious fanatics. Speaking at a conference on social democracy in Bratislava, Mr. Zeman said Europe should not underestimate the danger of jihadists infiltrating the continent in the migrant wave and setting up dormant terrorist cells in Europe. The president said Europe’s Social Democrats must take responsibility for the defence of European values. 

Justice Ministry says Czech Republic could not prosecute Fayad

12-02-2016 16:16 updated | Daniela Lazarová

The Justice Ministry has dismissed the idea that Lebanese terrorist suspect Ali Fayad could have been prosecuted in the Czech Republic. Deputy Justice Minister Petr Jager said the legal conditions for this were not met. The opposition TOP 09 party on Friday accused the government of having violated Czech and international law in releasing terrorist suspect Ali Fayad who was wanted by the US authorities. The party claims that since the Czech Republic refused to extradite him he should have been prosecuted here. Fayad was released on the order of the Czech justice minister on the same day that five Czechs kidnapped in Lebanon returned home. 


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