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When Czechoslovaks cracked jokes in the face of Soviet tanks

Prague - Even when Soviet tanks invaded their country on August 21, 1968, to wipe out a pro-democracy movement, Czechoslovaks managed to maintain their unique sense of humour.

Soviet army nearly 'battled' US filmmakers in Prague Spring

Davle - Propaganda-fuelled Soviet soldiers were ready to take on American and German armies during the 1968 invasion of former Czechoslovakia -- before they realised the "enemies" were filmmakers.

Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crush the Prague Spring

Paris - In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring.

Prague invasion sparked first dissident protest on Red Square

Moscow - In a symbolic gesture on August 25, 1968, that launched the political dissident movement, eight people demonstrated on Moscow's Red Square against the Soviet authorities sending tanks into Prague.

Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia claimed over 400 lives

Prague - The day that Soviet-led armies rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to put an end to a pro-democracy movement changed Milan Tesar's life."I saw tanks coming down this road here.

Prague Spring: AFP reports on the Soviet invasion

Paris - At dawn on August 21, 1968, residents of Prague were shocked to find their city occupied by Soviet tanks.

Bodies of Czech soldiers killed in Afghanistan returned home

Prague - The bodies of three Czech soldiers killed in a suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban in Afghanistan were on Wednesday returned home.

Afghan suicide blast kills three Czech soldiers, Taliban claim responsibility

Kabul - A suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban killed three Czech soldiers on patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest assault on NATO troops for many months.

Long way home as Przewalski's horses fly to Mongolia

Their violent kicks rattle the small army plane flying over Siberia as it transports the four rare horses from Prague to the vast Mongolian steppe where the once near-extinct species is slowly recovering.

Italy's request to take migrants "road to hell": Czech PM

Prague - Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Sunday he saw Italy's request that EU peers take some of 450 migrants stranded at sea on two Frontex vessels as "a road to hell.

Czech churches cry foul over Communist tax plan

Prague - Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule.

Czech government wins confidence vote backed by Communists

Prague - The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party.

Czech minority government wins confidence vote

Prague - The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party.

Czech minister resigns two days before confidence vote

Prague - The Czech centre-left cabinet of billionaire Andrej Babis lost a member two days ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote after the justice minister from his own party resigned over plagiarism allegations.

Czech communists to back tycoon's minority government

Prague - The Czech Communist party said Saturday it would back a coalition government of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis, effectively sealing his victory in a confidence vote next month.

Czech tycoon's new cabinet vows to fight migration

Prague - Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis vowed on Wednesday to fight illegal migration as the mogul was given his second shot at forming a government in six months.Migration is a hot issue for the 10.

Czech tycoon gets second shot at government

Prague - The Czech president appointed the second cabinet of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis in six months on Wednesday, betting that a coalition with the Social Democrats and informal backing from the Communists would provide a parliamentary majority.

Czech Republic on track to be first post-communist nation with gay marriage

Prague - The Czech government on Friday backed draft legislation that would make the country the first post-communist member of the European Union to legalise same-sex marriage.

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.
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