The police are investigating the murder of four people in Brno. The suspect is a young American known on social networks as Kevin Dahlgren, who reportedly resides in Brno and had offered his services as an English teacher. His whereabouts are presently unknown. The police have warned the public that he is dangerous and very likely armed. Detectives have asked the public for help in tracing the suspect but have not released any details regarding the possible motive of the crime or the identity of the victims. According to Tyden magazine the victims were an older couple and their two sons, both musicians. The suspect was reportedly a relative who lived with them for close to three weeks.
An exhibition of Marilyn Monroe imagery and memorabilia to commemorate the sex-symbol of the 1950s will open at Prague Castle as planned despite the fact that some of the items were stolen during their transport to Prague, organizers said on Thursday. The theft of a truck carrying part of the memorabilia to be put on display made news headlines on Wednesday raising questions as to whether the exhibition would take place. The Armentano company and the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum which are loaning the artefacts said the lost items could be replaced in time. Among the artefacts to be put on display are film costumes, personal belongings, unpublished photographs and excerpts from the actress’s diary. The exhibition will open next Saturday and run until mid-September.
The right-of-centre coalition at Prague City Hall has collapsed and after two decades in office the Civic Democrats have been forced into the opposition. City hall representatives on Thursday recalled Civic Democrat mayor Bohuslav Svoboda and two Civic Democrat councilors responsible for transport and property management. The move came three days after TOP 09 withdrew from its coalition with the Civic Democrats and demanded the lion’s share of powers in local government. The Civic Democrats were recalled with support from the opposition Social Democrats and the Communists. TOP 09, which has a majority in the Prague assembly of representatives is to hold talks with the Social Democrats on Prague’s future administration.
Czech arms producer Česká zbrojovka has won an international tender for the supply of 50,000 pistols to the Egyptian interior ministry, the company’s CEO Lubomír Kovařík told the CTK news agency on Thursday. The one-year contract is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of crowns. The CZ P-07 duty pistols commissioned are smaller than those supplied by Česká zbrojovka to the Czech military and security forces. The company is seeking to clinch a similar deal with Iraq. Česká zbrojovka is one of the country’s major arms producers, its annual sales having topped two billion crowns in recent years.
TOP 09, which may seek support to maintain a minority administration in Prague, has rejected the accusations that it was jockeying for power on the right ahead of next year’s elections. TOP 09 deputy mayor Tomas Hudecek, who now heads Prague City Hall, said the collapse of the Prague coalition was triggered by internal strife within the Civic Democrats and the party’s refusal to deal with pressing problems. Mr. Hudecek said Prague was sliding deeper into debt and TOP 09 could no longer stand by and accept co-responsibility for the city’s poor management.
Gumball 3000 is due to sweep through the eastern part of the Czech Republic on Thursday evening passing through Ostrava, Olomouc, Brno and Mikulov, on its way to Austria. The first cars crossed the Czech-Polish border at around 5 pm and the last should leave Czech territory at around midnight. Police are out in force for the event saying that they are prepared to use the right to detain participants for up to 48 hours in case of serious violations of the road law.
The Dalai Lama is due to appear at this year’s Forum 2000 conference in Prague in mid September, the event’s organisers said on Wednesday. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has been to the Czech capital several times and was close to the late president Václav Havel, who co-founded Forum 2000 as a platform for debate on issues facing the world. The theme of this year’s conference, the 17th, will be social transformation. While he is in Prague, the Dalai Lama is also expected to deliver public lectures.
The head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew I, begins a four-day visit to the Czech Republic on Wednesday evening. The patriarch is coming to the country in connection with celebrations marking the 1150th anniversary of the arrival in Moravia of the Orthodox missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius. Patriarch Bartholomew blessed a church in Šumperk in 1998 and returned to the Czech Republic the following year to attend Forum 2000 at the invitation of then president Václav Havel.
An exhibition of clothing, photos and other items linked to screen legend Marilyn Monroe may not go ahead in Prague after one of the trucks carrying the materials from Italy was stolen on Tuesday night. While many of the stolen items were exhibition furniture such as display cases and pedestals, some original photographs were also taken. The lorry was found empty near Mělník in Central Bohemia on Wednesday morning. The travelling exhibition, simply entitled Marilyn, is scheduled to open its doors at Prague Castle’s Riding School next Wednesday.
The funeral has taken place in Prague of Valtr Komárek, who was one of the leaders of the Velvet Revolution and briefly served as deputy leader of Czechoslovakia’s first post-Communist government. Speaking at a memorial service for the left-wing politician and economist, who died last week at the age of 82, President Miloš Zeman said no party should abuse his name in order to promote themselves. Mr. Zeman said that while Mr. Komárek had been honorary chair of the Social Democrats, he had maintained his own views. The president was himself head of the Social Democrats and has mixed relations with its leaders today.
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