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At least eight die in blaze at Czech disability home

Prague - At least eight people died and thirty were injured after a fire at a home for people with learning disabilities in a western Czech town early Sunday, rescuers said.

Shanghai cuts Prague ties after mayor announces Taipei twinning

Bejing - Shanghai cut ties with sister-city Prague Tuesday after the Czech capital announced a twinning agreement with Taiwan's capital Taipei.

Prague mayor condemns China, unveils Taipei partnership

Berlin - The mayor of Prague condemned China as an "unreliable partner" Sunday and told a German newspaper his city will sign a twinning agreement with Taiwan's capital Taipei.

Czech mosque vandalised with death threats

Prague - A mosque in the Czech Republic's second city of Brno has been vandalised with graffiti threatening to kill Muslims, police said on Saturday."Don't spread Islam in the Czech Republic!

Central European mayors sign 'pact of free cities'

Budapest - Four central European capitals, all at odds with their countries' populist governments, signed a deal Monday in Budapest to seek more EU funding together to bypass their nations' rulers.

Czech PM must quit, say 50,000 protesters

Prague - Tens of thousands of Czechs rallied in central Prague on Tuesday demanding the resignation of populist billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis over fraud allegations.

Gunman kills himself after deadly Czech hospital rampage

Prague - A gunman killed himself Tuesday after shooting dead six patients at a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, in what the premier has called "an immense tragedy".

Israel and Czech Republic sign $125 mn missile defence deal

Jerusalem - Israel's defence ministry signed a deal with its Czech counterpart on Thursday to sell it radar systems used in the Jewish state's Iron Dome missile defence system.

Top Czech prosecutor reopens PM's subsidy fraud case

Prague - The Czech Republic's chief prosecutor said Wednesday he was reopening an investigation into EU subsidy fraud involving billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis that was dropped in September.

Leaked EU audit shows Czech PM in conflict of interest: report

Prague - A leaked European Commission audit has concluded that billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has a conflict of interest as he still controls one of his country's largest companies, a Czech newspaper reported Tuesday.

Billionaire Czech PM under pressure over EU audit

Prague - Pressure mounted on billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Monday to disclose an EU audit thought to prove his conflict of interest as a politician and entrepreneur, an allegation he has flatly denied.

Czech ex-leaders charged over communist-era border killings

Prague - Three Czechoslovak leaders are facing prosecution for abuse of power over their role in communist-era border killings, Prague prosecutors said Tuesday.

Huge Czech protest marking Velvet Revolution demands PM quit

Prague - Around a quarter-million Czechs flooded central Prague on Saturday to mark 30 years since the Velvet Revolution toppled communism in then-Czechoslovakia, with protesters demanding that billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis quit over allegations of gr...

Huge Czech protest marking Velvet Revolution demands PM quit

Prague - More than 200,000 Czechs flooded central Prague on Saturday to mark 30 years since the Velvet Revolution toppled communism in then-Czechoslovakia, with protesters demanding that billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis quit over allegations of graft.

Communism haunts Czechs, Slovaks three decades on

Prague - Three decades after staging mass protests that freed them from communism, Czechs and Slovaks are hitting the streets again, bitter over pervasive corruption and politicians with roots in that era.

Eastern members breached EU law by refusing refugees: court advisor

Apo - The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday.

Eastern members breached EU law by refusing refugees: court advisor

Apo - The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday.

Czechs summon Russian envoy amid Soviet-era statue row

Prague - The Czech foreign ministry summoned Russia's ambassador Friday amid a row over a controversial Soviet-era statue in Prague that city authorities want to replace with a World War II memorial.

Czech couple pray in cleansing ritual after Bali temple antics

Ubud - A Czech couple slammed for disrespecting a Balinese temple took part in a ritual purification ceremony Thursday, after their antics sparked warnings that boorish tourists may be kicked off the Indonesian holiday island.

Oldest Czech stud farm gallops onto UNESCO list

Kladruby Nad Labem - The Czech Republic's national stud farm made it onto the UNESCO world heritage list thanks to a unique landscape of flat, sandy soils, fields, pastures and forest where horses have been bred for at least five centuries, its director said on Wednesday.

Oldest Czech stud farm gallops onto UNESCO list

Kladruby Nad Labem - The Czech Republic's national stud farm made it onto the UNESCO world heritage list thanks to a unique landscape of flat, sandy soils, fields, pastures and forest where horses have been bred for at least five centuries, its director said on Wednesday.

Czech coalition teeters amid row over ministerial post

Prague - The Czech Republic's minority government risked collapse Thursday as a junior partner threatened to quit, ramping up the pressure on billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who recently faced mass protests demanding he step down over alleged graft.

Embattled Czech mogul PM expected to survive confidence vote

Prague - Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis appeared set to survive a no-confidence vote Wednesday, analysts said, even as he faces charges of graft, EU concerns over possible conflicts of interest and mass rallies demanding his resignation.

Czech mogul PM Babis, contested but confident

Prague - Haunted by his past, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is holding on to power despite facing police charges and the biggest anti-government protests the Czech Republic has seen in 30 years.

Mogul Czech PM likely to survive mass protests, for now

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis will likely stay in power for the moment, analysts said Monday, despite mass protests demanding he quit over alleged graft and a no-confidence vote due in parliament.

Five things to know about the Czech Republic

Prague - The Czech Republic, which on Sunday saw its largest protest since the collapse of communism in 1989 over calls for embattled PM Andrej Babis to step down, has been an EU member since May 1, 2004.

Czechs alarmed as populist leaders take aim at public media

Prague - Czech journalists and media analysts are raising alarm over the "threat" to the country's public media from mounting pressure on the press by populist politicians.

Prague says 'errors' in new EU audit report against billionaire PM

Prague - The Czech government on Thursday said there were "errors" in a new preliminary audit report from Brussels on another possible conflict of interest relating to its billionaire prime minister, this time regarding farming subsidies.

Some 100,000 join demo to demand Czech PM's resignation

Prague - Around 100,000 Czechs filled Prague's Wenceslas Square on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis in the biggest demonstration the country has seen in decades.

Some 100,000 join demo to demand Czech PM's resignation

Prague - Around 100,000 Czechs filled Prague's Wenceslas Square on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis in the biggest demonstration the country has seen in decades.
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