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.
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.
Czech arms exports in 2006 were the highest in nine years, according to an annual report on the control of exports of military material and handguns for civilian use. The country exports aircraft, equipment and services, tanks, armoured vehicles and spare parts. Half of the exports went to Europe, 15 percent to North America and the rest were equally divided among other countries.
Romany activists have called for Czech Senator Liana Janackova, who is
under fire for allegedly making racist remarks about the Roma minority, to
leave her post in the Senate's Human Rights Committee. The senator, who is
also mayor of Ostrava's Marianske Hory district, was secretly recorded
during a meeting of the local council at which she proclaimed she was a
racist, said she was against integration and spoke about putting the Roma
minority behind a high electric fence. Although Mrs. Janackova previously
questioned the authenticity of the recording and said her words had been
taken out of context, on Wednesday she offered to personally apologize to
any Romany who felt insulted or threatened by what she said had been
"careless and silly behaviour" on her part.
This is not the first time that Liana Janackova is accused of racism. She made headlines in 1997 when she suggested that the state should financially help any Czech Romanies who wanted to emigrate to Canada.
Czech unemployment fell to 6.3 percent in June from May's 6.4 percent, a record low since the new calculation procedure was introduced in July 2004, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said on Wednesday. The number of unemployed capable of taking up work immediately fell by 6,769 to 346,835 in June, the ministry added. The figure is in line with most analysts expectations.