The murder of a local priest has shocked residents in the town of Trebenice, North Bohemia. At around 5 am local time on Saturday fire-fighters were called to the local rectory which had been set alight, only to discover the 78-year-old priest still alive but mortally wounded. Sometime later the man succumbed to his injuries. A police investigation is underway, with speculation that the priest had surprised a burglar during a robbery, and that the assailant had set the parish alight in an effort to cover his tracks.
Czech tennis player David Rikl and his Indian partner Leander Paes have
lost their doubles final at the U.S. Open in New York. The two were
defeated in straight sets 6:3, 6:3 by the Bahamian/Canadian duo of Mark
Knowles and Daniel Nestor.
The grand-slam finals appearance at Flushing Meadows was Czech player David Rikl's first.
The Czech national daily Mlada Fronta Dnes reported on Friday that a Czech doctor has bet more than 30, 000 euros at three agencies in Prague that U.S. presidential incumbent George W. Bush would win November's U.S. elections. The doctor, a 57-year-old, has claimed if he wins his wager he will donate a third of the winnings to victims of the recent Russian school tragedy in Beslan.
Net minder Petr Cech has earned his fourth clean-sheet in five games,
as his football side, Chelsea, tied with Aston Villa on Saturday in the
English Premiership. In a notable moment in the game the Czech
goalkeeper erased a chance by Hitzlsperger on a free-kick, keeping the
Chelsea has now conceded just one goal in a total of five games.
Disagreements have emerged within the ruling Social Democrats over pay rises for the police, the fire service and prison guards, the newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Friday. Prime Minister Stanislav Gross, a former interior minister, has called for provisions for the pay increases in next year's budget, while some MPs from the party say they would not support the move unless teachers and doctors also got rises.
President Vaclav Klaus has arrived in Kyrgyzstan as part of an official tour of Central Asia. Speaking in the capital Bishkek on Friday, Mr Klaus said people in the Czech Republic had forgotten the region in recent years as they concentrated on joining the European Union. He said it was important to re-establish connections with Central Asia, and that there was more to the world than Europe. The Czech president is due to move on to Uzbekistan before returning to Prague on Wednesday.
Joint Czech-British military exercises are to continue in south Moravia despite the deaths of six British participants in a helicopter crash on Thursday. However, helicopters being used in the exercises will remain grounded until the cause of the crash has been ascertained, a spokesperson for the Czech Air Force said on Friday. Some reports suggest the four soldiers and two crew were killed after their aircraft hit high-tension wires. The joint exercises began earlier this week and are due to continue until next Friday.
An express train from Pilsen to Brno got de-railed on Thursday morning due to a wrongly positioned shunt. No one was hurt in the accident. According to Czech Railways there was a problem with technology and the shunts were being switched manually in the course of the morning. The signalman responsible for the accident has suffered a nervous break down and has had to be hospitalized. Material damage has been assessed at close to half a million Czech crowns.
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