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Czech premier proposes restoring writer Kundera's nationality

Prague - Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Saturday he had proposed restoring writer Milan Kundera's Czech nationality, stripped from him by the country's former communist regime nearly four decades ago.

Czech PM questions UN migration pact

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Thursday called into question his country's support for a United Nations migration pact set to be adopted in December, following rejections by the United States, Hungary and Austria."I don't like the pact.

Czech communist secret police had dossier on Donald Trump: report

Prague - Secret police in communist-era Czechoslovakia kept a dossier on Donald Trump after his first marriage to a Czech woman, Ivana Zelnickova, a Prague weekly reported in cooperation with Britain's Guardian newspaper .

Protect Europe like Asterix's village, says Czech PM

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday compared Europe to "the village of Asterix and Obelix", saying its frontiers must be defended from migrants.

African growth key to stemming migrant flows: Merkel

Prague - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech premier Andrej Babis agreed Friday to focus on economic development in Africa to try to slow migration into the European Union.

No German arms to Saudi until Khashoggi case is clarified: Merkel

Prague - German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Friday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia until the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is clarified, a stance French President Emmanuel Macron dubbed "pure demagoguery".

Leaders gather to mark centenary of Czechoslovakia's creation

Prague - German, French and US leaders will visit Prague over the next three days for ceremonies marking a century since the creation of Czechoslovakia, the precursor of the modern Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Czech ruling coalition suffers crushing defeat in Senate vote

Prague - The populist ANO movement of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis and their Social Democrat coalition partners suffered a crushing defeat Saturday in a second round of Senate elections.

Kvitova attacker faces up to 12 years in prison

Prague - The man who attacked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a knife at her Czech home in December 2016 is facing up to 12 years in prison, a prosecutor's office said Friday.

Macedonia president slams 'unfair' EU after referendum

Prague - Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov slammed the EU as "unfair" on Thursday after a referendum to change the country's name, which had been a condition for its EU and NATO entry.

Czech Roma respond to president: We do work!

Prague - Members of the Czech Republic's Roma minority on Wednesday flooded social media with photos showing them at work, after President Milos Zeman suggested they were work-shy."It's no longer amusing to hear people say we don't work.

Czech leaders endorse Israeli embassy move to Jerusalem

Prague - Czech leaders on Wednesday endorsed moving the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the US administration earlier this year.

'Hunger stones' tell Elbe's centuries-old tale of drought

Decin - Once an ominous harbinger of hard times and even famine due to critically low water levels, a massive "hunger stone" embedded deep in the Elbe River has reappeared in the Czech Republic after Europe's long, dry summer.

Czechs protest government 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

Prague - Czechs and Slovaks on Tuesday marked 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring" democratic reform drive, while protesters used the anniversary to rail against the current Czech government's ties to the Communist Party.

When Czechoslovaks cracked jokes in the face of Soviet tanks

Prague - Even when Soviet tanks invaded their country on August 21, 1968, to wipe out a pro-democracy movement, Czechoslovaks managed to maintain their unique sense of humour.

Soviet army nearly 'battled' US filmmakers in Prague Spring

Davle - Propaganda-fuelled Soviet soldiers were ready to take on American and German armies during the 1968 invasion of former Czechoslovakia -- before they realised the "enemies" were filmmakers.

Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia claimed over 400 lives

Prague - The day that Soviet-led armies rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to put an end to a pro-democracy movement changed Milan Tesar's life."I saw tanks coming down this road here.

Bodies of Czech soldiers killed in Afghanistan returned home

Prague - The bodies of three Czech soldiers killed in a suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban in Afghanistan were on Wednesday returned home.

Italy's request to take migrants "road to hell": Czech PM

Prague - Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Sunday he saw Italy's request that EU peers take some of 450 migrants stranded at sea on two Frontex vessels as "a road to hell.

Czech churches cry foul over Communist tax plan

Prague - Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule.
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