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Czech PM rejects EU post-Brexit budget proposal

Prague - Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Monday rejected the European Commission's multi-year draft budget as "completely unacceptable", lashing out at spending priorities imposed by Brussels.

Czech billionaire PM forms coalition with Social Democrats

Prague - Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Friday clinched a minority coalition deal with the leftwing Social Democrats (CSSD), but will still have to rely on the informal backing of the communist party to win a confidence vote in parliament.

Populist Czech mogul tapped PM for second go at forming govt

Prague - The Czech president on Wednesday named populist billionaire Andrej Babis the country's prime minister for the second time in six months, hoping that he will be able to swing a parliamentary majority after failing to do so in January.

Czech mogul to be named PM for second time on June 6

Prague - Czech populist billionaire Andrej Babis said Thursday he would be named premier for the second time on June 6, eyeing a minority government with informal communist backing to guarantee a parliamentary majority.

Czech mogul's party okays coalition backed by Communists

Prague - The ANO (YES) movement of populist billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Friday approved a coalition deal with the leftwing CSSD Social Democrats for a minority cabinet with informal Communist backing to guarantee a parliamentary majority.

Czech billionaire says closing in on cabinet deal

Prague - Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Monday he was closing in on a coalition cabinet deal after crunch talks with the leftwing Social Democrats (CSSD) following inconclusive elections in October.

Czech leader admits Novichok tests

Prague - Pro-Russian Czech President Milos Zeman said the Czech Republic had tested the substance Britain says was used to poison a former Russian spy on its soil.

Czech Republic to re-open honorary consulate in Jerusalem

Prague - The Czech Republic announced on Wednesday the reopening of its honorary consulate in Jerusalem as President Milos Zeman reiterated his wish to move the Czech embassy to the city from Tel Aviv.

Czech leftwing party returns to coalition talks

Prague - Czech social democrats said Friday they would return to coalition talks with the ANO movement of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis who is struggling to clinch a parliamentary majority.

Remains of persecuted Czech cardinal repatriated for reburial

Prague - Bells rang across the Czech capital Prague on Friday marking the arrival of the remains of a Catholic cardinal, persecuted by both the Nazis and the Communists, for reburial at home after he died in exile at the Vatican decades ago.

Oscar-winning 'Cuckoo's Nest' director Milos Forman dies at 86

Prague - Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, known for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus," has died aged 86, Czech media said on Saturday.

Musical time travel: recreating Mozart-era pianos in Czech wood

Divisov - The sign on the old sunlit house reads "Machine Factory" but now handiwork reigns in this workshop where replicas of fortepianos once played by the world's greatest musical geniuses are created.

Czech PM's party snubs extremists for cabinet talks

Prague - The ANO movement of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Thursday it would snub the far-right SPD party for talks on support to its government in a bid to end a drawn-out political crisis.

Czech president asks PM to seek Communist, far-right support

Prague - Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Tuesday the country's president had asked him to talk to the Communists and the far-right SPD party as he keeps looking for a viable government.

Thousands rally against Czech government across country

Prague - Thousands of protesters rallied across the Czech Republic Monday against the outgoing cabinet led by the second wealthiest Czech, Andrej Babis, a billionaire with a murky past.

Czech coalition talks break down

Prague - Talks aimed at forming a new Czech government fell apart on Friday as a leftwing party snubbed the populist ANO movement of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis over his legal woes, raising the possibility of early elections.

Prague extradites Russian hacker to US

Prague - The Czech Republic on Friday said it had extradited a Russian hacker to the United States where he is wanted for alleged cyberattacks on social networks.

Prague pedestrians tread unaware on Jewish graves

Prague - On a fine spring day in the Czech capital, a young busker draws a crowd with his rendition of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". Little does he realise the poignancy of the Bob Dylan lyrics.

Five victims in Czech chemical blast were Romanians

Vienna - Five of the six people killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in the northern Czech Republic were Romanians, Bucharest said Friday."The number of Romanian nationals killed in the tragedy has risen to five," the Romanian foreign ministry said.

At least six dead in Czech chemical plant blast

Prague - At least six people died and two were injured in an explosion Thursday at a Czech chemical plant in the northern town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou, firefighters said.

At least six dead in Czech chemical plant blast

Prague - At least six people died and several others were seriously injured in an explosion Thursday at a Czech chemical plant in the northern town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou, fire fighters said.

Czechs, Slovaks, Swedes deny making spy poison toxin

Prague - The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have all rejected Moscow's claim they may have produced a deadly nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain.

Thousands rally for media freedom in Prague

Prague - Thousands of protesters gathered in Prague Wednesday to support media freedom following remarks by President Milos Zeman aimed at public Czech Television."Shame on you!

Thousands rally for media freedom in Prague

Prague - Thousands of protesters gathered in Prague Wednesday to support media freedom following remarks by President Milos Zeman aimed at public Czech Television."Shame on you!

Zeman sworn in for second term as Czech president

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman on Thursday was sworn in for a second and final term at a Prague ceremony where the pro-Russian, pro-Chinese and anti-immigration leader used his speech to criticise journalists and rivals.

Czech Communist ex-cop quits parliament job after rallies

Prague - A former Czech Communist riot police officer stepped down as head of a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, following widespread criticism and rallies that have drawn several thousands of protesters.

Czechs protest against ex-communist police official

Prague - Thousands of Czechs rallied in protest Monday against a decision to name to a top post a former Communist riot police officer who helped suppress anti-regime demonstrations in the 1980s.

Czech release of Syrian Kurdish leader triggers outrage in Turkey

Prague - A Czech court on Tuesday released prominent Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, wanted by Turkey on terror charges, prompting outrage in Ankara which said the move showed "support for terrorism".

Turkey condemns Czech release of Syrian Kurd leader

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday accused the Czech judicial authorities of backing terror after the release of prominent Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, warning that ties between Ankara and Prague would be harmed.

Czech court releases Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim: lawyer

Prague - A Czech court on Tuesday released prominent Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, who was detained at the weekend and is wanted by Turkey on terror charges, his lawyer said. "The judge released my client," lawyer Miroslav Krutina told reporters.
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