The chairman of the Communist Party, Miroslav Grebenicek, made no mention of his stated intention to resign during a speech at a festival organised by the Communist newspaper Halo noviny. Mr Grebenicek said less than a week ago he was going to step down as party leader. During Saturday's address, however, he merely said the Communists should "pull on the same rope".
Czech military police in Iraq are to operate in only one base, for security reasons, the commander of the 8th regiment said on Friday. The training of Iraqi policemen will now take place where the Czech MPs are housed, the Shaiba base in the south of the country. Previously the Czech soldiers had to drive eight miles to a training centre on dangerous roads.
President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed a law under which accused felons could have received legal immunity in return for their testimony in serious criminal cases. Mr Klaus refused to sign the bill on the grounds that it had been previously rejected by the Senate; he said the consent of both houses of parliament was necessary for such an important piece of legislation. It will now be returned to the Chamber of Deputies.
Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek has said the Czech Republic would like to fill one of the non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council in the years 2008 and 2009. Mr Paroubek was speaking in New York as the UN's annual General Assembly got underway; he said the Czech Republic could be awarded the place thanks to its participation in UN peace missions and its Democracy Fund, and the country's active role in defending human rights and the fight against international terrorism. He rejected suggestions membership of the Security Council would be too expensive for the Czech Republic.
A techno music festival entitled ParoubTek intended as a protest against the police's break-up of a previous festival, CzechTek, has not attracted large crowds. On Saturday evening around 500 dancers were reported to be at the event, which is being held at the same venue in west Bohemia as CzechTek.
A plaque has been unveiled in Slavkov, south Moravia, on the site of the famous Battle of the Three Emperors, which took place in 1805. The venue, known internationally as Austerlitz, was the scene of Napoleon Bonaparte's most famous victory, when he destroyed the armies of Russia and Austria, despite having fewer soldiers.
The police say they have identified the man who shot a television technician in a Prague park this week. According to investigators the offender is an aggressive drug addict who had been previously been sentenced for acts of violence. The offender is believed to have been under the influence of drugs and was threatening a young woman in the park with a gun when the television technician came to her assistance. The offender turned on him and fired two shots without warning. The technician died that night after undergoing extensive surgery. Police have launched a nation wide search for the murder suspect.
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