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.
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.
An opinion poll conducted by the Median agency suggests that the opposition Social Democrats are now the strongest party on the Czech political scene. For the first time since last June's general elections the Social Democrats have come out one and a half percentage points ahead of their main rival the centre right Civic Democratic Party. If elections were held today the Social Democrats would win 34, 8 percent of the vote, while the ruling Civic Democratic Party would stand to get only 33.3 percent, Median says.
Moscow has sent the Czech government a protest note over alleged vandalism of Russian war graves at the Olsany cemetery in Prague. A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Prague said that the bronze decorations on the graves of 48 World War Two Red Army soldiers had been removed, in what he said was the third case of vandalism of Russian war graves since May of this year. The embassy said it expected the offenders to be punished and the graves restored to their original state. The incident comes a few weeks after the Russian consulate denounced the removal of a hammer and sickle from a war memorial to Red Army soldiers in Brno.
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.