The Czech Foreign Ministry has condemned damage done to the graves of Soviet soldiers at Prague's Olsany graveyard. The Russian Foreign Ministry lodged a protest earlier this week after it emerged that bronze reliefs had been removed from the headstones of Russian soldiers who were killed in Prague during World War II. Prague reiterated its commitment to treaties with Moscow on the mutual maintenance of war graves.
The Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova has contracted a mild form of glandular fever and has been ordered to rest for up to three weeks. That means Vaidisova, ranked ninth in the world, will miss the Czech Republic's Fed Cup clash with Spain next weekend; the winner of the tie will qualify for the Fed Cup's elite World Group.
Czech citizens' approval of European Union membership fell in the first half of this year, suggests a new national survey prepared for Eurobarometer. In the second half of 2006, 51 percent of respondents in the twice-annual poll said EU membership was a good thing; however, that figure fell to 46 percent this year - the first time that rating has dropped below the 50 percent mark in a Eurobarometer poll. As for what worries Czechs, the health service was regarded as the biggest problem - almost 40 percent said it was a concern, twice as many as the EU average.
The Czech Under-20 football team have reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup in Canada, after knocking out Japan in a penalty shootout. The Czech Republic have never gone past the last eight stage in the competition - the country's youngsters will have a chance to do just that when they face Spain on Sunday.
Police in Usti nad Labem have found more human body parts in a plastic bag buried in the grounds of a secondary school in the town, the iDnes news website reported. The discovery was made just metres from the spot where on Saturday a girl's head was found in a bag. The victim is believed to have been killed around three weeks ago, and to have been between 17 and 20 years of age.
Two fresh outbreaks of bird flu in the Pardubice region of east Bohemia have been confirmed as the H5N1 strain of the disease, which can be passed on to humans and other animals. The farms where the latest cases were detected are in close proximity to the poultry farms where last month bird flu was found in a Czech poultry flock for the first time. Soldiers and fire fighters have begun exterminating around 70,000 birds. The operation is expected to last three to five days.
Czech inflation rose to 2.5 percent in June on a 12-month comparison after
2.4 percent in May, the Czech Statistics Office announced on Wednesday. In
June, consumer prices rose by 0.3 percent compared with the May figure.
Consumer prices in May rose 0.4 percent from April.
The 2.5 percent inflation rate is the highest so far this year, also reached in April. The main factors behind the latest price rises were more expensive alcohol, tobacco and transport costs, the office said.
The Prague City Court has rejected a proposal by lawyer Zdenek Altner to launch bankruptcy proceedings against the Social Democratic Party. Mr. Altner sued the Social Democratic Party for allegedly failing to pay his fee for representing the party in its dispute with the Finance Ministry over the party's Prague headquarters Lidovy Dum. Altner won the case in 2,000 and says he has not been paid for his services to date. According to the lawyer, the Social Democrats owe him close to twenty million crowns. The Prague City Court ruled that there were no grounds on which to launch bankruptcy proceedings and that the plaintiff had failed to justify his claims.
The former Czech football international Pavel Nedved has decided to remain at Juventus. Nedved, who is 35 next month, had considered retiring after helping the club gain promotion to Italy's first division. The 2003 European player of the year told reporters that Juventus had increased his salary; it is believed he will now receive as much as some of the team's other star players.