Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim was arrested in Prague on Saturday on an
international arrest warrant, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on
Muslim was the co-chair of the PYD party, the major component of the coalition that runs autonomous parts of north Syria. He has been on Turkey’s wanted terrorist list since 2016.
Turkey is expected to file an extradition request in the coming days and a Czech court will decide whether to hand Muslim over to the Turkish authorities.
The head of the Czech Olympics Committee Jiří Kejval has expressed
satisfaction with the Czech team’s performance at the 2018 Winter
Olympics in PyeongChang.
Mr. Kejval said that in view of the health problems that plagued Eva Samková and Martina Sáblíková and prevented Gabriela Koukalová from taking part in the games, the outcome was beyond his expectations. The
Czech Republic picked up seven medals, two of them gold, which rank the country overall 14th .
Investigators are expected to begin an inspection at the Mochov cooling
plant, east of Prague, which was ravaged by fire on Friday.
It took close to forty fire-crews two days to bring the blaze under control.
The preliminary damage estimate has been put at 100 million crowns. No one was hurt in the operation.
Hundreds of people braved the cold to light candles and lay flowers at
monuments to the victims of Communism on the 70th anniversary of the
Communist takeover on February 25, 1948. The anniversary is being marked by
debates, exhibitions and film screenings.
A gathering in support of democracy took place on Wenceslas Square at which speakers warned of the danger of giving the Communist Party even a supportive role in the country’s next government.
4,500 people were murdered during the Communist years, 374 were killed at the country’s borders in an attempt to flee to the West, 254 were sentenced to death in political show trials, thousands were persecuted by the Communist secret police and 180,000 people fled the country.
Czech sports fans are planning to give the Czech Olympics team a rousing
welcome home on Old Town Square on Monday afternoon.
Ester Ledecká who is the first woman ever to win gold in two separate disciplines in the Winter Olympics will be at the centre of the celebrations.
Also present will be speed skater Martina Sábliková who won a silver medal, Michal Krčmář who bagged silver in the biathlon sprint, snowboarder Eva Samková who picked up a bronze medal and speed skater Karolína Erbanová who took the bronze in the women's 500 metres.
The Czech Republic won seven medals at the Winter Olympics.
As Arctic conditions take a grip on Central Europe night and day shelters
are filling up with homeless people and charity organizations are seeking
them out on the street to offer assistance. One person is already reported
to have died in Prague as a result of the freezing cold weather.
The situation is expected to worsen in the coming days with night temperatures dropping to – 20 and even – 30 degrees Celsius in places. Children and chronically ill people have been advised to stay indoors.
A fire that raged at a cooling plant in Mochov, east of Prague, for two days was brought under control on Saturday evening, the ctk news agency reported. Fire fighters remain at the site to make sure the fire does not rekindle from hot embers. It is not clear when investigators will be able to enter the site.The damage is expected to exceed 100 million crowns.
The Czech hockey team lost its bid for the bronze at the Winter Olympics on
Saturday, suffering a 6:4 defeat at the hands of Canada.
Canada gained a 3:1 lead in the first period and although the Czechs attempted to rally towards the end of the game, shooting three goals in relatively quick succession, they failed to turn the game around. The Czechs have thus taken fourth place.
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