The Czech Republic will face the USA in its first match at next year's World Cup in Germany. Friday's draw for the opening round of the 32 team tournament put the Czechs in the E-Group with the United States, Ghana, and Italy. Following the draw, Czech coach Karel Bruckner said preparation for the matches against the US and Ghana will be tough as he has not seen them in action. The Czechs play against the United States on June 12, Ghana on June 17, and Italy on June 22.
Doctors in the Moravian town of Brno say they have successfully sown back the nose of an 11 year old boy, which was bitten off and then swallowed by a dog. The nose was in the dog's stomach for two hours, before it was retrieved, disinfected, and operated back on in an 11-hour long operation. The boy, who will be released into home care next week will be able to breathe and smell normally, doctors say.
Some fifty extremists gathered in front of the Austrian embassy in Prague on Saturday to call for the release of British historian and Holocaust denier David Irving. A group of ten men and women, among them Nazi concentration camp survivors, protested against the legal extremists' gathering and were escorted away by the police. David Irving, who is barred from entering Germany, Austria, Canada, and Australia, was arrested in Vienna last month on a 1989 warrant.
The senior party in the ruling coalition government, the Social Democrats, will hold a one-day congress in May at which a new leader will be elected. Finance Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is currently the party's acting leader but the Czech Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek is expected to take up the post to lead the party into the upcoming elections. Results of opinion polls suggest that public support for the Social Democrats is growing steadily. Mr Paroubek is expecting to win over 30-35% of the electorate next year, vowing to step down if he fails.
Czech midfielder Karel Poborsky will finish the season with second
division Ceske Budejovice after Sparta Prague confirmed on Saturday
that he would not return to their squad, Reuters news agency reports.
Sparta kept the registration for 33-year old Poborsky when they kicked
him out of the squad in September for criticising the then coach
Jaroslav Hrebik. The most capped Czech player in history could appear
at next year's World Cup in Germany as a second division player.
Sparta are 11th in the Czech league, 17 points behind leaders Slovan Liberec, and finished bottom of their Champions League group with only two points.
Some 300 people gathered on Prague's Kampa island to call for another investigation into the police break-up of last July's CzechTek techno music festival in west Bohemia. The protesters say not a single police officer has been charged, while 18 partygoers are being prosecuted. Water canon and tear gas were used during the operation, which left several dozen CzechTek visitors and police officers injured.
A Czech missionary, who was taken hostage by rebel groups in Haiti a few days ago, has been released. Roman Musil, is a 32-year old Roman Catholic of the Order of Mary the Immaculate. He has spent four years in the Caribbean state as a humanitarian aid worker. His kidnappers demanded 50,000 US dollars for his release; the Catholic Church has not revealed whether the ransom was paid.
The wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, Heather Mills McCartney, says cats in the Czech Republic are being snared on the streets for their fur and then skinned alive, the Czech Press Agency reported. Speaking at an anti-fur demonstration in Brussels, Ms Mills McCartney said dogs were also being killed for their skins in the Czech Republic. Cat and dog fur was being used to make little figures of pets as well as scarves, stoles and blankets, she said.
The minister of industry and trade, Milan Urban, says a deal on securing a site for carmaker Hyundia in Moravia must be struck very soon. Speaking after talks with a Hyundia representative on Friday, Mr Urban said December 31st was the deadline for finding a site. Three places are in consideration for the car plant, which would provide a major boost for the economy in the region.
Representatives of the Czech Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths have
issued a joint statement condemning euthanasia and calling for changes
to a new criminal code recently approved by the lower house. The new
law does not set a minimum sentence for assisting in so-called mercy
killings, which critics say opens the way to euthanasia.
The religious leaders - issuing a joint statement for the first time - said the practice went against the Hippocratic Oath, and called for greater funding for hospices and carers.
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