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Students earn their spurs in packed Czech hospitals

Prague - Hundreds of medical students have volunteered to help out in Czech hospitals packed with Covid-19 patients where staff are struggling with one of the highest infection rates in the world.

Czech crematoriums feel strain of soaring coronavirus death toll

Prague - Crematoriums in the Czech Republic are bursting at the seams as the coronavirus death toll soars, placing the country at the top of Europe's grim statistics.

Tear gas, water cannons as Czechs protest virus rules

Prague - Czech police said they used tear gas and water cannons at a violent rally held Sunday in Prague against government measures introduced to stem the coronavirus spread.

Taiwan rejects China spy claims as 'creating terror'

Taipei - Taipei accused Beijing Tuesday of "creating terror" after state media aired a series of reports on espionage that included alleged confessions of two Taiwanese in Chinese custody.

'I am Taiwanese': Czech speaker channels JFK in Taiwan speech

Taipei - A senior Czech politician invoked a famous Cold War-era phrase by late US president John F Kennedy as he delivered a landmark speech to Taiwan's parliament Tuesday during a visit that has incensed Beijing.

Czechs summon Chinese envoy over Taiwan row

Prague - The Czech foreign ministry said Monday it had summoned the Chinese envoy to Prague after Beijing threatened an opposition politician currently on a visit to Taiwan.

Taiwan builds on recognition with Czech delegation

Taipei - A Czech delegation arrived in Taipei Sunday in the second high-profile foreign visit to Taiwan this month -- a setback for China's campaign to keep the island isolated from the rest of the world.

Amid Germany troop pullout, Pompeo seeks friendly faces to east

Washington - As President Donald Trump orders US troops out of Germany and faces a tough re-election battle, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, is heading to friendly climes in Central and Eastern Europe.

Eleven killed in suspected arson at Czech apartment block

Prague - Three children were among 11 people killed in a fire Saturday at an apartment block in the Czech Republic that police believe was set deliberately.

Russia tells US to 'mind own business' over media freedom

Moscow - Moscow has told the US embassy to "mind your own business" after Washington's diplomatic mission raised concern about curbs on media freedom in Russia.

Little-known archives discreetly testify to Europe's wars

Prague - They are gathering dust on shelves, but could make war criminals tremble: the archives of the OSCE, an international organisation addressing security-related concerns, are increasingly becoming a source for those who seek to prove abuses committed duri...

Czech PM slams EU 'interference' over subsidy misuse

Prague - Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday accused the European Parliament of "interference" after it pressed for mechanisms to stop the misuse of EU subsidies.

Central Europe leaders hold first face-to-face talks of virus crisis

Prague - Masks and gloves will be the order of the day when the prime ministers of four ex-communist countries on Thursday hold the first major face-to-face meeting of European leaders since the coronavirus crisis.

Poland reports virus spike linked to mine

Warsaw - Poland saw a record spike in new confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend, with most of the hundreds of infections reported by the health ministry linked to a coal mine in the country's south.

Prague mayor under protection after reports of Russian plot

Prague - Prague's mayor said on Monday that he was under police protection, but stopped short of confirming Czech media reports that he had been targeted by Russia for removing a statue of a Soviet war hero.

Controversial Soviet-era statue removed in Prague

Prague - Prague authorities on Friday said they had removed a controversial Soviet-era statue, despite protests from Moscow, to make way for a World War II memorial.

Czechs extend anti-virus measures till April

Prague - The Czech government said Monday it had extended measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus, including restricted freedom of movement and closed shops and pubs, until April.The EU member of 10.

Sewing face masks goes viral in Europe

Strechov Nad Sazavou - What do prisoners, a former first lady and textile makers have in common? All have threaded their needles to combat a dire global shortage of face masks that risks the health of millions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands rally in protest against mogul Czech PM

Prague - Several thousand people rallied in central Prague Sunday against the Czech Republic's billionaire prime minister and the way his government treats public institutions.

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.
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