Czech police are preparing a case against a suspected Islamist alleged to
have planned a bomb attack, the daily Mladá fronta Dnes reported on
The suspect, a Slovak convert to Islam who has visited Czech mosques, was arrested in November following a search of his residence that yielded instructions for making bombs and launching chemical attacks.
The initial complaint against the suspect, Dominik K, who went by the alias Abdul Rehman, was rejected by the Prague City Court and Constitutional Court, which found there had not been enough evidence to launch a prosecution.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (Ano) said Thursday that the European
Parliament was wrong to try to sanction Hungary and his government
“stands behind” Viktor Orban, whom he called an “ally”.
Mr Babiš also said he would take up the issue with Ano party members who voted in favour of launching the so-called Article 7 process against Hungary.
It total 448 MEPs, including 21 Czechs, voted in favour of triggering the sanctions procedure over Orban’s challenge to EU rules and values on media freedom, migration and rule of law dating back several years. Four MEPs elected on the Ano ticket voted for the sanctions – Pavel Telička and Petr Ježek, who are no longer in the party; and Dita Chrazanová and Martina Dlabajová.
Mr Babiš told journalists the move only served to divide Europe and that MEPs should be focusing on issues such as Brexit.
The Czech Republic has selected the road movie Všechno bude (Winter
Flies), directed by Olmo Omerzu, to compete for best foreign-language film
at the Oscars.
Although born in Slovenia, since his studies at Prague's FAMU film school, Omerzu has been firmly settled in Czech cinema.
Winter Flies, his third feature, was co-produced by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland. The film premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where Omerzu took home the Best Director’s award.
The ice hockey Extraliga season starts on September 14, with Kometa Brno
the favourite, having won the past two seasons. Among the other clubs in
the 14-member Extraliga with solid prospects this year are 2018 season
finalists Oceláři Třinec and semi-finalists Bílí Tygři Liberec.
Sparta Praha, which finished in the bottom half last year has taken on a new coach, German former defenseman Uwe Krupp, are tipped as likely strong contenders, as are Škoda Plzeň, which won the championship in 2013, finished last season in third place, and also has a new coach, Ladislav Čihák.
A building near the Pilsen railway station partly collapsed overnight on
Wednesday, leading police to evacuate a dozen people from a neighbouring
The two-storey structure, located at the crossroads of Mikulášská and U Trati streets, will likely have to be demolished. At least one homeless man had been sleeping in the otherwise vacant building, police said.
The summers of 2018 and 2003 were the hottest in the Czech Republic since
1961, when meteorologists began measuring average temperatures regularly.
According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ), the average temperature for the months of June, July and August was 19.3 degrees Celsius, 2.3 degrees higher than the average for the summers of 1981 through 2010.
Recently, the ČHMÚ announced that summer 2018 was the hottest ever measured at the Klementinum in Prague, which has the oldest measuring station in the Czech Republic, commissioned in 1775.
Palacký University in Olomouc has issued a comic book portraying two
milestone periods in Czech history – the events surrounding the birth of
Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the Soviet-led invasion of the country in 1968.
The comic book, created by university students on the occasion of the country’s 100th birthday,, was presented to the public within this year’s Street Art Festival in Olomouc and copies of it have been sent to schools around the country. It can also be viewed online.
Nineteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, suffered acute intoxication
after consuming synthetically made marihuana that appeared on the black
market in Ostrava.One drug addict is reported to have died after combining
the drug with a heavy dose of alcohol.
Several boxes of the dangerous consignment were reportedly found on a garbage heap on the outskirts of the city and the police fear that there could be thousands of doses of the dangerous substance among drug users.
Officers have so far confiscated 50 packets of the drug and arrested four people.
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