Rudolf Slansky, a former diplomat and dissident, has died at the age of 71. He was expelled from the Communist Party following the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and later signed the Charter 77 protest document. From 1990 to 1996 he was Czechoslovak and then Czech ambassador to Moscow, where he had spent the war years as a boy. His father, also Rudolf Slansky, was executed in the 1950s after Czechoslovakia's most notorious show trial.
The Czech environment minister, Libor Ambrozek, has called on the German state of Saxony-Anhalt to remove by the end of April waste illegally exported to Libceves in north Bohemia. Otherwise, Mr Ambrozek said, the Czech authorities will pay for its removal and send them the bill. Firefighters were called out to deal with a blaze at a dump in Libceves at the weekend - the third fire there since February. Several cases of the illegal importing of German rubbish to the Czech Republic have been reported in recent months.
A record number of tourists came to the Czech Republic this year for the Easter weekend, according to tourism analyst Jaromir Beranek. He told the Czech Press Agency that up to 280,000 visitors were accommodated in the country over the weekend, representing an increase of up to a third on 2005. Mr Beranek said that was partly due to the coincidence of Easter with the last weekend of the skiing season.
English Premier League club Fulham are interested in signing the Czech footballer Rudolf Skacel in the summer, the internet site 4thegame.com reported. The player is contracted to Marseilles but has been on loan at Scotland's Hearts all season. He has been a big success at the club, scoring 16 goals in 31 league games.
The funding for opposition Civic Democrat chairman Mirek Topolanek's luxurious Prague flat is being investigated by police after an anonymous report to the district state attorney's office. The complaint suggested that the purchase of Topolanek's 350,000-dollar flat was sponsored by the CEZ power utility company. Financial police are continuing the investigation.
The first secretary of the Czech Embassy in Havana, Stanislav Kazecky, has
been given three days to leave Cuba after local authorities refused to
renew his visa, accusing him of subversive actions and working for the
United States. The Czech Foreign Ministry has called on Cuba's charge
d'affaires in Prague to explain the decision, which it regards as
tantamount to expulsion. It said the move was clearly in response to the
Czech Republic's policy of criticizing human rights abuses in Cuba and
supporting the island state's opposition. Reuters reported that Mr Kazecky
had close contacts with dissidents in Cuba.
A Czech Foreign Ministry spokesperson said it would respond in kind by not renewing the visa of a Cuban diplomat in Prague next week. Tensions have been high between the two countries for some years.