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Central European NATO members to send troops to Baltics

Liblice - Four central European states said Wednesday they would send troops to three Baltic NATO allies starting next year as tensions with their Soviet-era master Russia rise to levels not seen since the Cold War.

My name? Make it simple: Czechia!

Prague - Czech Republic and/or Czechia? Ever since gaining independence after their peaceful split with Slovakia in 1993, the Czechs have been poring over a correct short form for their country's name.

Fed up with long name, Czech Republic says call us 'Czechia'

Prague - The Czech Republic on Thursday said it was tired of its long and unwieldy name and would like to be called "Czechia" from now on.

Czechs scrap programme to resettle Iraqi Christians

Prague - The Czech government on Thursday abandoned a programme to resettle Iraqi Christians after some refugees left for Germany and others decided to return home.

Protests in Prague as China's Xi signs economic partnership

Prague - Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a landmark strategic partnership with his Czech counterpart in Prague on Tuesday amid a fresh wave of protests in the Czech capital against Beijing's policies on Tibet.

China's Xi faces fresh protests in Prague trip

Prague - Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday faced a turbulent second day of a visit to Prague aimed at boosting trade ties, as demonstrators planned new protests against Beijing's policies on Tibet.

Protests as China's Xi arrives in Prague

Prague - Protests greeted President Xi Jinping as he arrived in Prague on Monday on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic.

Central Europeans warn against new 'dividing lines' in Europe

Prague - Leaders of four EU countries that once lay behind the Iron Curtain warned on Monday against "new dividing lines" in Europe and urged cooperation with Turkey on the migrant crisis.

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".
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