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Czech govt paid $6 mn ransom for two women held in Pakistan: Report

Prague - The Czech government paid a $6-million (5.4-million-euro) ransom to secure the release last year of two women kidnapped Pakistan, the Respekt weekly reports in its Monday edition.

Disabled Czechs get new lease on sex life

Prague - Tomas Pik has lost nothing of his lust for life despite the crippling disease that confined him to a wheelchair five years ago as the nerves in his limbs withered.

Czech outcry as president mulls shooting PM

Prague - Czech politicians of all stripes joined forces Tuesday to slam the country's outspoken president after he publicly mulled using a Kalashnikov machine gun to get rid of the prime minister, a political rival.

Czech leader says Muslim integration 'practically impossible' in Europe

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant rhetoric, said on Sunday it was "practically impossible" to integrate the Muslim community into European society.

Czech leader calls migrant wave in Europe an 'organised invasion'

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman called the current wave of refugees to Europe "an organised invasion", adding young men from Syria and Iraq should instead "take up arms" against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Czech PM's Twitter hacked with anti-immigrant messages

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's Twitter account fell prey Wednesday to hackers who swamped it with violently anti-immigrant messages."Refugees are an invasion army! The few women among them are nothing but the mothers of future terrorists.

Eastern EU states move to keep Schengen intact

Prague - Four eastern EU member states on Thursday rejected the idea of cutting the 26-member passport-free Schengen zone down to include fewer countries as a way to cope with the refugee and migrant crisis.

Czech president attends anti-Islam rally on revolution anniversary

Prague - The Czech president attended a rally against migrants and Islam in Prague on Tuesday on the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which peacefully toppled communism in then Czechoslovakia.

Czech diplomats play key role in quest for Syria peace

Prague - With all eyes on Vienna on the eve of a tough new round of talks on Syria's devastating civil war, some Czech diplomats believe a peace deal might eventually end up being sealed in Prague.

Syria's Assad 'has to go', Britain's Hammond says

Prague - President Bashar al-Assad "has to go" as part of a transition in Syria, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday on the eve of the Syrian talks in Vienna.

Iraqi migrants at Czech detention camp go on hunger strike

Prague - Iraqis at a Czech detention centre for migrants have begun a hunger strike amid fears of being sent back home, police and a local priest said Thursday.

Thousands demonstrate in Czech Republic against migrants

Prague - Thousands of people protested against migrants in towns around the Czech Republic on Wednesday, a week after the UN slammed the country's treatment of new arrivals as "degrading".

Economic migrants use children as 'human shields': Czech leader

Prague - The Czech president Sunday accused economic migrants of using children as "human shields" in their bid to reach Europe, as the continent grapples with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

'Degrading' Czech migrant camps spark outrage

Prague - The United Nations on Thursday accused the Czech Republic of systematic abuses of migrants, detaining them in "degrading" conditions as part of what the UN called a policy to dissuade them from entering Czech territory.

Czech president bemoans Islamic veil for covering up beauty

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman on Friday again lashed out at migrants from the Middle East and Africa, skewering the full Islamic veil for covering up female beauty.

Prague to send soldiers to Hungary to secure Europe's borders

Prague - The Czech Republic announced on Monday it would send soldiers and equipment to neighbouring Hungary to help secure Europe's borders in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants.

NHL Family Scoring Race standings: Sutters in 2nd, Sedins on move

As we head into the 2015-16 NHL season it seems a good time to go over the scoring race — the family scoring race, that is.

Eastern EU intent on 'common stance' with partners on migrants: Prague

Prague - Four eastern EU states opposed to fixed migrant quotas across the bloc said Monday they were "absolutely dedicated" to reaching an agreement with western partners on solving Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Czechs boost controls on Austrian border over migrants: Minister

Prague - The Czech Republic said Sunday it will boost controls on the border with Austria over the refugee crisis, following a similar move by its western neighbour Germany."The Czech Republic is boosting measures on its border with Austria.

Eastern EU members refuse migrant quotas: Prague

Prague - Four eastern EU members meeting Friday in Prague stuck to their rejection of compulsory quotas for migrants proposed earlier this week by the European Commission.
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