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Czech president names new finance chief after weeks of crisis

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday replaced the country's finance minister after weeks of political turmoil that threatend to topple the country's government, five months ahead of legislative elections.

Czech PM accepts new finance minister ending crisis

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday he would accept a new finance minister to replace controversial billionaire Andrej Babis, ending a chaotic political crisis that risked bring down his government.

Czech PM accepts new finance minister ending crisis

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday he would accept a new finance minister to replace controversial billionaire Andrej Babis, ending a chaotic political crisis that risked bring down his government.

Billionaire Czech finance minister under fire

Prague - The Czech Republic's finance minister found himself under heavy fire in parliament Wednesday over his business dealings and leaked conversations that led the prime minister to try to sack him last week.

Czech PM withdraws resignation, wants finance minister sacked

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka withdrew his planned resignation on Friday, calling instead for the dismissal of his billionaire finance minister, a popular political rival, over suspicions of fraud.

Czech PM withdraws resignation, wants to sack finance minister

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka withdrew his planned resignation on Friday, and called instead for the dismissal of his finance minister, a popular political rival whom he suspects of fraud.

Czech PM delays tendering resignation until mid-May

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has postponed handing over his resignation to the president until later this month in a bid to hammer out a deal that would allow his three-party coalition to survive without him at the helm.

Czech PM to tender resignation Thursday

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will formally tender his resignation Thursday following a high-stakes row with his finance minister.

Czech PM Sobotka quits amid high-stakes row with finance minister

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday he was quitting his post in a high-stakes row with billionaire finance minister, Andrej Babis, a popular political rival tipped to win elections later this year.

Czech PM Sobotka quits amid high-stakes row with finance minister

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced his shock resignation Tuesday in a high-stakes row with billionaire finance minister, Andrej Babis, a popular political rival tipped to win elections later this year.

Czech PM takes on finance minister as election battle heats up

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday demanded that his billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis, a leading candidate in October elections, explain past business activities amid media speculation he could be axed.

Czech leader calls October general election

Prague - Czech president Milos Zeman said Thursday the next general election in the EU member country would take place on October 20-21 this year.

No evidence Czech leader's computer hacked with child porn: police

Prague - Czech police said Monday they had found no evidence that hackers had infected the computer of the Czech president with child pornography, a claim made as he prepares to run for re-election.

Czech zoo saws horns off rhinos after French killing

Prague - A Czech zoo said Tuesday it had begun to saw off the horns from its herd of rare rhinos after a brutal attack in a French zoo where poachers shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns.

Ai Weiwei slams 'shameful' politicians ignoring refugees

Prague - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday slammed "shameful" politicians who ignore refugees as he launched a giant art installation centered on their fate at the National Gallery in Prague.

Czech zoo to saw off rhino horns after French killing

Prague - A Czech zoo said Tuesday it would use a chainsaw to remove the horns from its herd of rare rhinos after a brutal attack last week in a French zoo where poachers shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns.

Magnets made without metals, thanks to graphene

Olomouc - Creating magnetics from materials other than metals could lead to many technological advances, especially with semiconductors. For the first time, a non-metallic magnet has been developed using graphene.

Czech President Zeman launches re-election bid

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman, an ex-communist known for staunch anti-Muslim, pro-Russian and pro-Chinese views, announced Thursday he would run for a second five-year term in a presidential vote scheduled for next year.

US challenges Kremlin with new Russian TV channel

Prague - Nearly three decades after it helped topple communist totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is challenging Moscow again, this time with a new 24-hour TV news channel in Russian.

Czech FM will press Sudan to free jailed missionary

Prague - Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek will travel to Sudan on Sunday to try to free a Czech Christian aid worker sentenced to 24 years in prison on charges including spying and inciting hatred.
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