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Caritas development aid project in Zambia

08-08-2007 16:10 | Daniela Lazarová

The Catholic charity organization Caritas has development aid programmes in many countries of the world. It expanded its activities to Zambia just a year ago where it has been supporting orphans at the St. Charles Academy in Solwezi. We spoke to the project's chief coordinator Jarmila Kabatova about why Caritas picked this particular school and what the past year has been like.   More

Kosovar babies undergo life-saving surgery in Prague

06-08-2007 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK Edonis and Albion, two babies from Kosovo were flown to Prague in late July for life-saving surgery. Both were diagnosed with serious inborn heart defects by a team of Czech specialists active in war-stricken parts of the world. Today both are on the road to recovery - though in one case doctors say it was touch and go.   More

Prime minister seeks divorce day after birth of his fourth child

26-07-2007 16:02 | Ruth Fraňková

Nicolas Topolanek and Lucie Talmanova, photo: CTK A happy-looking mother and baby are all over Thursday's newspapers here in the Czech Republic. But they aren't just any mother and child; the new mum is MP Lucie Talmanova, while the babe in her arms is the son of the prime minister, Mirek Topolanek. On Wednesday the Civic Democrat leader announced he would seek a divorce. This may not be so easy, though, as his wife has so far refused to give her consent.   More

Will the state compensate women sterilized against their will?

24-07-2007 14:35 | Rosie Johnston

Photo: CTK Stories about the sterilization of Romany women stretch back as far as the 1970s. Experts suspect that there could have been as many as 2000 women sterilized in what is now the Czech Republic against their will. Since the fall of Communism, this topic has repeatedly made headlines, especially when last year a United Nations commission advised the Czech government to compensate victims of involuntary sterilization.   More


14-07-2007 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK It was the biggest birthday party in years - Charles Bridge was 650 - but could the mayor have got the date wrong? Czech couples rushed to tie the knot on 7.07.07 -hoping for a marriage made in heaven -but was it really a good idea? And, Czech mushroom pickers - humbled by a find in Mexico. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

Czechs say politicians' private lives their own business

04-07-2007 16:03 | Rosie Johnston, Ruth Fraňková

Jiri Paroubek and his Wife Zuzana in June 2006, photo: CTK Former Prime Minister and head of the Czech Social Democrats, Jiri Paroubek, announced at the weekend that he was to divorce his wife. The announcement came during Mr. Paroubek's vacation with a second woman, Petra Kovacova - one of his former governmental employees, an attractive blonde some twenty years his junior. While elsewhere a politician might have reason to fear for his career, the response from Czechs has been surprisingly muted. In fact, it has left many asking "why shouldn't politicians do what they want with their private lives?" Rosie Johnston has the story.   More


30-06-2007 | Daniela Lazarová

The very first pub on wheels in the Czech Republic! Czech hunters have held their annual "elk bugling" contest - and, who says fishing in Prague is no fun? An Australian angler lands the biggest fish ever to come out of the Vltava River. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More


09-06-2007 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK The Czech Defence Minister sings for President Bush. Does Anglina Jolie really want to adopt a Czech orphan? And, the armed robber who was dragged to the police station by his own mother. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

Unexpected baby boom produces kindergarten shortage

31-05-2007 16:08 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech government is being forced to address a serious problem. Following a decline in the birth rate after the fall of communism hundreds of crèches and kindergartens closed down. Now, the trend has turned - young women in their thirties are having babies - but they find that when they are ready to go back to work they have nowhere to place their children.   More

Zuzana Stromerova - a champion of natural childbirth

28-05-2007 13:55 | Pavla Horáková

Zuzana Stromerova, photo: Radio Prague's guest this week is Zuzana Stromerova, one of the country's few private midwives. A champion of natural childbirths, Zuzana Stromerova has been trying to convince the authorities for years that women should be given a choice as to where and how they want to give birth to their children. She is also behind the project of the Czech Republic's first birth centre which is meant to provide a home-like alternative to maternity hospitals. But although the Prague birth centre is ready to welcome women who are about to give birth, the establishment is actually not allowed to perform deliveries.   More



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