News Water levels returning to normal

17-05-2014 10:52 | Daniela Lazarová

A state of flood alert has been called off in all parts of the country as water levels in Moravia and Silesia returned to normal overnight. Gale-force winds and heavy rain over the past 48 hours put emergency crews on stand-by with fire crews in the eastern parts of the country reporting over 100 emergency calls since Thursday. No serious damage or loss of life has been reported.

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Man gets suspended sentence for endorsing bomb attack that killed five Czech soldiers in Afghanistan

31-08-2015 11:34 | Daniela Lazarová

A Prague court has passed a guilty verdict on a man who publicly endorsed the suicide bomb attack that killed five Czech soldiers serving in NATO’s ISAF mission in eastern in Afghanistan in July of last year. The man, who praised the terrorist for “doing away with at least a few Czech mercenaries” on Facebook received a 30-month suspended sentence for publicly supporting a crime, inciting violence towards a group and insulting the memory of Czech soldiers who died in action on a foreign mission. Neither side has appealed the verdict. 

Prague taxi drivers to protest against tough new tests

31-08-2015 11:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Prague taxi drivers have announced a planned blockade of streets in the city centre on Tuesday. The precise route of the protest has not been disclosed. They are protesting against Prague City Hall’s plans to tighten regulations governing the service in the wake of numerous complaints from the public and tourists. According to City Halls plans all taxi drivers in Prague should gradually undergo tough new street knowledge and language tests. Prague City Hall has announced that it will boost public transport on the day of the protest. 

President Zeman: most immigrants should be promptly returned

31-08-2015 09:35 | Ruth Fraňková

Most immigrants are in the Czech Republic illegally, and as they violated law, they should be promptly returned, rather than placed into various accommodation facilities, President Miloš Zeman said in an interview for Radio Frekvence 1 on Sunday. According to the Czech head of state, the government decided to voluntarily accept 1,500 refugees, and therefore all the other immigrants were in the country illegally. Mr Zeman said that a crushing majority of migrants came for economic reasons, arguing that they also came from poor countries that were not hit by war, such as Eritrea, Senegal, Kosovo and Pakistan. 

US Department of State agrees to extradite murder suspect Kevin Dahlgren

31-08-2015 09:35 | Ruth Fraňková

The US Department of State has agreed to extradite the US murder suspect Kevin Dahlgren to the Czech Republic, public broadcaster Czech Television reported on Monday. Mr. Dahlgren is accused of murdering his cousin, her husband and their two children in Brno in May 2013. He fled to the US before he could be questioned by Czech police. Mr Dahlgren lodged an appeal against a previous ruling allowing for his extradition, but it was rejected by all court instances, including US Supreme Court. If he stands trial in the Czech he faces a life sentence. 

Czech motorcycle racer Jakub Kornfeil takes silver at British Grand Prix

30-08-2015 17:52 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech Grand Prix motorcycle racer Jakub Kornfeil has reached the World Championship podium for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Czech finished second in the Moto 3 race at British Grand Prix in Silverstone on Sunday, behind Britain's Danny Kent. Kornfeil started his 103rd race from the fifth row after qualifying in 13th place. Another Czech, Karel Hanika, failed to finish the 17-lap race. 

Lower VAT has not reduced prices for end consumers: study

30-08-2015 16:51 | Ruth Fraňková

The introduction of a reduced, 10-percent value added tax rate for selected products in January this year has not resulted in lower prices for end consumers, according to a survey caried out by TaxVision consulting agency. On the otehr hand, some enterpreneurs recorded a slight increase in profits. For some producers, sellers and exporters of goods that are subject to the lower VAT, the change brought more paperworks and more expenses, the survey suggests. The reducedd VAT applies to books, baby food and medicines. 

Javelin thrower Špotáková fails to reach podium in Beijing

30-08-2015 15:56 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech Olympic champion javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková has failed to reach the podium at the World Championships in Beijing. She finished in the ninth place in Friday's final in the Bird's Nest Stadium, after she threw 60.08 metres. The 34-year-old athlete, who split from long-time trainter Jan Železný last year, said she planned to engage a new coach before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Sobotka: President's visit to China not to harm Czech Republic

30-08-2015 14:19 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech president's visit to China will not harm the Czech Republic's foreign policy or the country's position within the European Union, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in a live debate on Prima television on Sunday. Miloš Zeman is the only Western politician to take part in the events in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific, that will take place next week. According to Mr Sobotka, the EU states have not agreed on a EU-wide boycott of the celebrations. The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, has previously said that the Czech Republic's decision not been questioned in Brussels. 

International military training to get underway in Czech Republic on Monday

30-08-2015 12:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Soldiers from the Czech Republic and other NATO allies, including Germany, Great Britain and the US, will take part in an international military training in the Czech Republic, which gets underway on Monday. The joint excersise of NATO units, Ample Strike 2015, will be held in Náměšť nad Oslavou in south Moravia until September 22. According to Magdalena Dvořáková of the General Staff's press department, the aim of the military training is to harmonise the activities of tactic air-force pilots and forward air controllers. For the first time this year, the Canadian air force and Austria will also participate in the exercise. 

Number of road deaths up this summer due to heatwave

30-08-2015 10:54 | Ruth Fraňková

More people have died on Czech roads this summer than during the same period last year, Czech Radio reported on Sunday, citing police statistics. Since the beginning of summer holidays, 149 people have been killed in road accidents, which is 17 more than last year. According to Martin Farář of the Transport Ministry's Road Safety department (BESIP), the big death toll was affected by the exceptionally hot weather, which prevailed throughout most of the summer. According to the statistics, nearly one third of all the road crashes victims died on Friday, when people drive out of the big cities to their country houses. 

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