Five-year-old UK boy Ashya King, recently operated for a brain tumor, is to begin treatment at Prague’s Proton Therapy Centre on Monday. According to the centre, Ashya is gaining strength in hospital ahead of the procedure. A special mask had to be produced for the child to be used during proton radiation treatment. The child will undergo therapy Monday to Friday over the next six weeks.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has postponed a trip to Iraq which had been scheduled for Monday when the minister was to have met with Kurd representatives to discuss Czech ammunitions being provided to help them in the fight against Islamist militants. The reason for the postponement is a planned Paris conference on Iraq security to be attended by top Iraqi officials. At the end of August, the Czech government agreed to send the Kurds munitions including bullets, grenades, and anti-tank shells no longer needed by the Czech Army.
The Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický has said the ministry’s budget should increase by roughly two billion crowns annually; he said there was agreement at the cabinet level, after the government discussed parts of the budget for 2015 on Wednesday. Originally, the Finance Ministry had expected a drop in defence funds in 2016 and 2017 by several hundred million. The Czech Army wants to use part of the new funds to hire around 1,500 new soldiers per year. The government will discuss next year’s state budget again on September 22.
Police have detained an 18-year-old youth from Děčín suspected of mugging six women over the period of five days. Most of those mugged were seniors. The suspect took their bags or purses by force, apparently to be able to steal enough to pay for food and lodgings. He was picked up by police as he stalked a potential target. Police are asking the suspect be remanded in custody; if found guilty, the suspect could face up to 10 years behind bars.
Hygiene officers have ruled out the deadly Ebola virus in the case of a student from Tanzania hospitalised at the regional hospital in Pardubice, after suffering high fever. Tanzania is not on the list of countries hit by the Ebola outbreak, but the patient had reportedly recently seen his girlfriend from Congo, which is. For that reason, officials were prudent in determining that Ebola was not present. The patient is to undergo further tests to determine the exact cause of illness. According to the Czech News Agency, the student may have caught malaria.
The municipal court in Brno on Wednesday acquitted two publishers and an editor, who were accused of propagating Nazism by publishing Adolf Hitler’s speeches. The publishers of the book said they wanted to make historic documents accessible to Czech readers while making a profit, arguing that Hitler was a “stronger brand that Coca-Cola”. The prosecution argued that Hitler’s thoughts were not placed in proper context, and could therefore influence uninformed readers. The judge said that the publishers clearly stated in the preface that they were submitting the texts to the readers in their authentic form without trying to evaluate them.
The body of the nine-year old girl, who went missing on Tuesday in Klášterec nad Ohří, was found dead on the outskirts of the town, just one kilometre from her home. The parents of the girl called the police on Tuesday afternoon when she didn’t return from school. The girl’s mother wrote on her Facebook profile that she was allegedly seen walking with an unknown man. The police say they are is investigating the case as murder. The cause of the death is not known and should be determined by a post mortem examination.
Czech Paralympics cycling champion Jiří Ježek, who was seriously injured at the World Championship in Greenville in the United States last week, has been released from hospital. The 39-year-old suffered a serious chest injury and several fractures and had to undergo repeated surgery after a fall. He expects to return to the Czech Republic in two weeks.
On the third and last day of his state visit to France, Czech president Miloš Zeman visited the OECD headquarters in Paris. The Czech head of state said he hoped the Czech Republic would adopt the euro by 2020 at the latest, adding that the country meets the Maastricht criteria. President Zeman has also met with the president of the French National Assembly Claude Bartolon and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova.
The Constitutional Court in Brno on Wednesday ordered the Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the Kurd doctor and entrepreneur Yekta Uzunoglu, who is seeking 178 million crowns in state compensation for a thwarted business deal. Mr. Uzunoglu spent 2.5 years in police custody in the mid-nineties, being accused of torturing, kidnapping, robbing and attempting to murder two Turkish nationals living in the Czech Republic, but was eventually cleared of all charges. Dr. Uzunoglu has already received nearly six million crowns from the Czech state in compensations, but he considers them far from sufficient, arguing that he has lost his 20 most productive years as a result of the protracted court proceedings.
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