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Czech foreign minister assures Iraqi, Kurdish officials of Czech support in the fight against IS militants

28-11-2014 15:19 | Daniela Lazarová

Lubomír Zaorálek, Haydar al-Abadi, photo: CTK

Lubomír Zaorálek, Haydar al-Abadi, photo: CTK

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek paid an unannounced one-day visit to Iraq on Thursday to discuss military and humanitarian support for the country in its fight against Islamic State militants. During talks with Iraqi top officials and Kurdish representatives the Czech foreign minister pledged to speed up a contract on the sale of L 159 fighter jets for the Iraqi army and offered to provide rehabilitation treatment for injured Kurdish fighters in Czech spas.  More

Panorama

Wolf patrols ready to come out with the first snow

27-11-2014 16:14 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Bernard Landgraf, CC BY-SA 3.0 Europe’s large predators were hunted into extinction in the early 1900s, but due to changing conditions and better protection wolves, bears and lynxes are slowly returning to countries across the Old Continent. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature the number of wolves in Europe have quadrupled in the past three decades to an estimated 25,000 animals.  More

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Marketplace

Prague opens first package-free shop

26-11-2014 15:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Bezobalu Last week, the governments of EU countries, including the Czech Republic, unanimously approved a new law to cut down the number of plastic bags by 80 percent within the next ten years, with the aim to curb litter on land and in seas. A small non-profit organisation in Prague, called Bezobalu or Unpackaged, is already doing its share in the fight against excessive use of plastic. The group has recently opened a shop in the centre of Prague, where you can only buy unpackaged goods and take them home in your own containers.  More

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In Focus

Czechs increasingly generous, says organizer of national food collection

25-11-2014 16:00 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Over 170 tonnes of food was donated to Czech charities and NGOs in the second national food collection that took place over the weekend. Individuals, supermarket chains and food producers all chipped in to provide some 350,000 meals for those in need. Organizers consider the food drive’s second edition a major success, and say that a recent change in tax rules will prompt companies to donate more food in the future.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-11-2014 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Roman Koudelka, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Ski jumper Koudelka tops World Cup podium for first time for great start to season; speed skater Sablíková comes first in only second mass start race; Plzeň still top of league after win over Bohemians; and Sparta set to welcome Napoli in Europa League.  More

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Letter from Prague

Becoming Richard

22-11-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Illustrative photo: archive of Czech Radio My freshly acquired driving license gives my name as Ian Richard Willoughby. That is indeed what appears on my birth certificate. But strangely my middle name Richard, having played virtually no role in the first half of my life, has come to the fore in the second half, spent here in the Czech Republic.  More

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Business

Czech households to save on electricity bills next year

27-11-2014 14:57 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: European Commission Czech consumers can look forward to lower electricity bills in 2015. The country’s Energy Regulatory Office on Wednesday announced a 1.2 percent drop in the regulated price of electricity for households which should save consumers hundreds, if not thousands,...  More

Staropramen aims to replicate success of Potrefená husa chain with Naše hospoda pubs

26-11-2014 13:44 | Ian Willoughby

Naše hospoda Merkur, photo: archive of the restaurant After the success of its Potrefená husa chain, the Prague-based Staropramen brewery is planning a new network of restaurants under the banner Naše hospoda (Our Pub), Czech news websites have reported.   More

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Current Affairs

Prague gets its first female mayor

27-11-2014 15:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Adriana Krnáčová, photo: CTK The city of Prague has a new leadership and, for the first time ever, a female mayor. Adriana Krnáčová from the ANO party chaired her first session of the Prague Assembly on Wednesday promising to clean up corruption and give Prague citizens a modern...  More

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Nurse charged with murder of several patients at small-town hospital

27-11-2014 15:16 | Ian Willoughby

Věra Marešová, photo: CTK A court in North Bohemia has remanded a nurse in custody on charges of killing several patients at a small-town hospital. The case was initially reported as the possible mercy killing of an elderly woman. But now police accuse the nurse of murdering...  More

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One on One

Czechs getting into vintage clothing as concept catches on, says Bohemia Retro owner Rebecca Eastwood

24-11-2014 17:07 | Ian Willoughby

Rebecca Eastwood, photo: Ian Willoughby Prague’s Žižkov district is where you’ll find Bohemia Retro, a vintage clothing store packed with hard-to-find items mainly from pre-1989 Czechoslovakia. The cosy, colourful shop is run by Rebecca Eastwood, an expat Brit and part-time singer who has...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Singer Ida Kelarová finds inspiration in her Romany roots

23-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Ida Kelarová, photo: archive of Radio Prague Singer Ida Kelarová is a singer, musician and choirmaster who performs some of the best Romany music to come out of the Czech Republic. But, ironically it was many years before she learnt of her Romany origin and was able to fully connect with her...  More

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Czech Books

Irena Eliášová: a song to raise your spirits

22-11-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Irena Eliášová, photo: David Vaughan The poet, playwright and novelist Irena Eliášová spent her early childhood in a Romany village in south-western Slovakia. The memory of this time has become the defining experience in her writing. But Irena does not write just about the lost world of...  More

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