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Writer Margaret Atwood gets 2017 Kafka award

Prague - Canadian poet, critic and novelist Margaret Atwood received this year's international Franz Kafka literary prize at a ceremony in Prague on Tuesday, which honoured the lifetime achievements of "The Handmaid's Tale" author.

Populists set to thrash traditional parties in Czech vote

Prague - The Czech populist movement, ANO, led by a billionaire dubbed as the "Czech Trump", is the clear favourite in a general election on Friday and Saturday where the traditional parties are set to take a thrashing.

'Ball in EU's court' as Boris Johnson gets ping-pong present

Prague - Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday received a toy table-tennis set from his Czech counterpart, a gift intended as a reflection of his country's back-and-forth talks with the EU.

Czech zoo burns horns it sawed off rhinos after French attack

Stare Mesto - A Czech zoo on Tuesday burnt 33 kilos (72 pounds) of rare rhino horns, including some it sawed off its own animals in the wake of a brutal attack on a French zoo.

Bringing to heel Czech 'puppy mills' headed west

Prague - Crammed mercilessly into vans and car boots, tens of thousands of illegally bred dogs, many ill or still puppies, are smuggled each year out of the Czech Republic for sale on western Europe's lucrative black market.

Czech lawmakers strip billionaire PM contender of immunity

Prague - Czech lawmakers stripped billionaire Andrej Babis of his parliamentary immunity on Wednesday after allegations of EU funding fraud emerged against the populist leader tipped to win October's general election.

Prague agrees to hand Vietnamese 'kidnapper' to Germany

Prague - Czech authorities have agreed to extradite to Germany a Vietnamese national wanted over the alleged kidnapping in Berlin last month of an oil tycoon who subsequently turned up in Vietnam, local media reported Wednesday.

Czech Republic to hold presidential vote in January

Prague - The Czech Republic will go to the polls in January in only the second presidential election in the country's modern history decided by popular vote, the Senate speaker said Wednesday.

Czechs strike deal to move pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Prague - The Czech government said Monday it had struck a deal to move a pig farm from the site of a former Nazi concentration camp where hundreds of Roma perished during World War II.

Italy hits back over migration security

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has warned Rome will not accept either "lessons" or "threats" from neighbours on border security amid tension over Europe's migrant crisis.

Czech leader under fire over pig farm at ex-Nazi camp

Prague - Anti-racism campaigners reacted with indignation Friday after Czech President Milos Zeman said he backed keeping open a pig farm on the site of a former Nazi camp for Roma people.

Activists demand removal of pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Lety - Anti-racism activists from across Europe on Saturday demanded the removal of a pig farm from a Holocaust memorial site where hundreds of Roma perished in a Nazis concentration camp during World War II.

Czech PM Sobotka quits as Social Democrats party chief

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Wednesday he was quitting as head of the Social Democrats, whose popularity is low four months ahead of a general election.

Juncker says Europe can no longer 'outsource' protection

Prague - Europe has to take care of its defence given the shift in US policy, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday, promoting a hefty defence fund announced by Brussels.

Juncker slams Czechs over reluctance to take in refugees

Prague - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday slammed the Czech Republic over its reluctance to accept refugees from Greece and Italy under the EU's quota programme.

Czech 'GyroDrive' beats flying cars for hybrid licence

Bochor - As global automakers compete to bring the first flying car to market, Czech pilot Pavel Brezina is trying a different tack: instead of creating a car that flies, he has made a "GyroDrive" -- a mini helicopter you can drive.

Czech court OKs hacker's extradition to US or Russia

Prague - A Czech court on Tuesday ruled Prague can extradite a Russian citizen sought by the US for alleged cyberattacks on social networks and also by his native Russia on fraud charges.

Czech president names new finance chief after weeks of crisis

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday replaced the country's finance minister after weeks of political turmoil that threatend to topple the country's government, five months ahead of legislative elections.

Czech PM accepts new finance minister ending crisis

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday he would accept a new finance minister to replace controversial billionaire Andrej Babis, ending a chaotic political crisis that risked bring down his government.

Czech PM accepts new finance minister ending crisis

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday he would accept a new finance minister to replace controversial billionaire Andrej Babis, ending a chaotic political crisis that risked bring down his government.

Billionaire Czech finance minister under fire

Prague - The Czech Republic's finance minister found himself under heavy fire in parliament Wednesday over his business dealings and leaked conversations that led the prime minister to try to sack him last week.

Czech PM withdraws resignation, wants finance minister sacked

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka withdrew his planned resignation on Friday, calling instead for the dismissal of his billionaire finance minister, a popular political rival, over suspicions of fraud.

Czech PM withdraws resignation, wants to sack finance minister

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka withdrew his planned resignation on Friday, and called instead for the dismissal of his finance minister, a popular political rival whom he suspects of fraud.

Czech PM delays tendering resignation until mid-May

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has postponed handing over his resignation to the president until later this month in a bid to hammer out a deal that would allow his three-party coalition to survive without him at the helm.

Czech PM to tender resignation Thursday

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will formally tender his resignation Thursday following a high-stakes row with his finance minister.

Czech PM Sobotka quits amid high-stakes row with finance minister

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday he was quitting his post in a high-stakes row with billionaire finance minister, Andrej Babis, a popular political rival tipped to win elections later this year.

Czech PM Sobotka quits amid high-stakes row with finance minister

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced his shock resignation Tuesday in a high-stakes row with billionaire finance minister, Andrej Babis, a popular political rival tipped to win elections later this year.

Czech PM takes on finance minister as election battle heats up

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday demanded that his billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis, a leading candidate in October elections, explain past business activities amid media speculation he could be axed.

Czech leader calls October general election

Prague - Czech president Milos Zeman said Thursday the next general election in the EU member country would take place on October 20-21 this year.

No evidence Czech leader's computer hacked with child porn: police

Prague - Czech police said Monday they had found no evidence that hackers had infected the computer of the Czech president with child pornography, a claim made as he prepares to run for re-election.
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