News Czechs on terror charges in Turkey petition for release

01-12-2016 16:55 | Ian Willoughby

A lawyer for two Czechs facing charges in Turkey of belonging to a terrorist organisation has petitioned for their release. The news was made public by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday. The Czech Republic sees no reason for Markéta Všelichová or Miroslav Farkas to be either detained or put on trial, he said. The PM said the Czech embassy in Ankara was assisting the pair’s families. The two say they have been involved in Northern Syria with the Kurdish Peoples Protection Unit, which Turkey accuses of being a terrorist organisation.

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Šafářová and Hlaváčková reach semi-finals of women’s doubles at Australian Open

24-01-2017 10:10 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech tennis players Lucie Šafářová and Andrea Hlaváčková have separately reached the women’s doubles semi-finals at the Australian Open. Lucie Šafářová, together with US partner Bethanie Mattek Sands, cruised to an easy win against the Chinese-US couple Raquel Atawa and Xu Yifan 6:1, 6:1. Andrea Hlaváčková, who played alongside Peng Shuaj of China, beat the third seeded pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia 7:5 and 7:6. 

Czech Republic interested in modernizing port of Koper in Slovenia

23-01-2017 16:59 | Jan Velinger

The Czech Republic is hoping to participate in the modernization of the port of Koper, Slovenia, in order to promote trade opportunities for Czech exporters. Minister Bohuslav Sobotka made clear following his meeting in Prague on Monday with his Slovenian counterpart, Miro Cerar. Located on the Istrian peninsula, the commercial port of Koper is the only one of its kind in the country. No final decision about Czech participation has been taken yet. 

Defence Ministry aims to invest 180 billion crowns in military equipment over next decade

23-01-2017 16:43 | Jan Velinger

The Defence Ministry will invest 180 billion crowns (around 6.6 billion euros) over the next decade; of that amount 130 billion will go towards equipping the military’s ground forces. This year alone, the ministry will try and see deals worth 26 billion crowns approved, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický confirmed at a press conference alongside Czech Army officials. Investments planned include the purchase of some 62 Pandur and Titus armoured vehicles, DANA self-propelled howitzers, and dozens of lightly armoured vehicles for chemical and radiation analysis. 

Czech tennis player Plíšková reaches quarterfinals at Australian Open

23-01-2017 14:04 updated | Jan Velinger

Karolína Plíšková, a US Open finalist last year, has advanced to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, beating Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3. The Czech faces Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, next.

Meanwhile, Barbora Strýcová was knocked out after being beaten in the fourth round by the six-time champion and world number two Serena Williams by a score of 5:7, 4:6. 

Smog continues to plague some parts of Czech Republic

23-01-2017 14:04 | Ruth Fraňková

A smog warning from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute remained in place on Monday for some parts of the Czech Republic. The warning applied for eight regions, including Prague, Hradec Králové, Ústí nad Labem and South Moravia, where more than double the permissible limit for airborne dust particles have been recorded. People with respiratory diseases and heart condition as well as elderly people and children have been advised to limit outdoor physical activities. Authorities in Prague have repeatedly appealed to drivers to curb their travels. The regulation limiting the biggest polluters is still in place in the regions of Prague, Olomouc and Central Bohemia. 

Weather Forecast

23-01-2017 13:49 | Jan Velinger

Tuesday is expected to be cloudy; daytime temperatures will remain well below zero, at around -4 degrees Celsius. 

Euro MP Ježek sceptical Czech Republic, on its own, could negotiate better terms on Brexit

23-01-2017 13:32 | Jan Velinger

Czech Euro MPs for ANO, Pavel Telička and Petr Ježek, have criticized Interior Minister Milan Chovanec for his statement on Sunday that the Czech Republic could begin negotiations with Great Britain over Brexit on its own rather than waiting for the European Union. At a press conference, Mr Telička called the idea “foolish” while fellow MP Ježek expressed doubts the Czech Republic alone could negotiate better terms than Germany or France. The EU has maintained that negotiations with Britain to leave should be conducted by EU members together. 

Football: Arsenal keep title challenge on track with Panenka-style goal from Sanchez

23-01-2017 12:41 | Jan Velinger

London football club Arsenal have kept their title challenge alive in the Premier League with a late win against Burnley on Sunday, a match which saw Arsenal down to 10-men. Petr Čech conceded a penalty and the game was tied 1-1 in injury time when Arsenal were thrown a lifeline when Mee caught an Arsenal defender with his studs. Alexis Sanchez beat Burnley keeper Heaton with a “panenka” – a cheeky chip in the centre of the goal. Arsenal are second in the league but a full eight points behind leaders Chelsea. 

Euro MP Mach re-elected head of Free Citizens’ Party

23-01-2017 12:11 | Jan Velinger

Euro MP Petr Mach was re-elected the head of the Free Citizens’ Party at the weekend, gaining 301 of 487 votes from party members. About half of the party’s members took part. Two people, economist Martin Pánek and home schooling consultant Irena Steinhauserová ran against the chairman, picking up 128 and 58 votes, respectively. In December, Mach, 41, resigned as chairman over differences in the direction of the party, not represented in the Czech lower house. The division was over whether leaving the EU should be the sole signature aim of the party or one of several. The latter position was advocated by Mr Mach. 

Supreme Audit Office says allotted 9.4 billion crowns did not improve state of environment

23-01-2017 12:00 | Jan Velinger

The Supreme Audit Office reports that 9.4 billion crowns allotted by the Environment Ministry from European and state funds in the years 2013 – 2015 did not improve the state of the environment. The news was confirmed by the bureau’s spokeswoman Olga Málková. The audit office says the ministry failed to assess the suitability and effectiveness of some projects. The ministry denies that the subsidies did not bring improvements. 


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