The Czech intelligence service BIS played a big part in helping to identify
and disconnect Hezbollah servers in the Czech Republic, other EU member
states and the US, the agency’s head Michal Koudelka said in a press
statement for the ctk news agency.
The cyber espionage group running them operated fake Facebook accounts in order to hack computers and acquire information.
It had been under surveillance since 2017.
Oyub Titiev a staunch defender of human rights in Chechnya, who has been in
detention in Russia since January of this year, is the winner of the 2018
Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, the Council of Europe Parliamentary
Assembly announced on Monday.
Other nominees shortlisted were young Cuban democracy and human rights
activist Rosa María Payá and prominent democracy and human rights
defender in Bahrain Nabeel Rajab who is currently also imprisoned.
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the PACE in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.
Politicians must work together to build trust in democratic governance and
fight growing support for protest and anti-establishment parties and
groupings not just in Europe but the world over, Deputy Foreign Minister
Tomáš Petříček said at the international conference Forum 2,000
currently underway in Prague.
Petříček said liberal democracy was still the best system of governance created by mankind, but it would have to be more efficient and faster in dealing with problems in order to regain trust.
He added that Czech politicians who had experienced the communist regime had a duty to keep reminding society that freedom and democracy were not to be taken for granted and must be defended and protected at all times.
President Miloš Zeman is to appoint Tomáš Petříček foreign minister
on October 16th, the president’s spokesman announced on Monday.
Although the appointment had been expected already this week, it was reportedly postponed due to the fact that the president will be travelling to Slovakia to attend a Visegrad Group summit in Bratislava.
The Czech foreign ministry has been run on a temporary basis by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, after President Zeman refused to appoint the Social Democrat’s previous nominee Miroslav Poche to the post.
Coalition talks on the set-up of local councils are taking place around the
country in the wake of the weekend communal elections.
ANO, which won in all the big cities with the exception of Prague and Liberec, is consolidating its position in the other municipalities.
In Prague, the Pirates Party, which came a close second, after the Civic Democrats, is negotiating a possible coalition deal with TOP 09, the Mayors and Independents and the new grouping Praha sobě.
It has offered the said parties four seats each on the council, while it would take two and the post of Prague mayor.
The Forum 2000 conference held under the theme “Democracy: In need of a
critical update?” got underway in Prague on Sunday. The annual three-day
conference, now in its 22nd year, is hosting a wide range of politicians,
philosophers, authors, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and thinkers.
Among other topics, discussions will examine current social and economic challenges to democracy, growing populism and nationalism. Forum 2000 is looking to engage the younger generation to share their views on these issues and discuss ways to renew trust in democratic governance.
Unemployment in Prague fell to 2.1 percent in September, down 0.1
percentage points compared to August.
The Czech capital has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among the regions, after those of Pardubice (at 1.9 percent) and Pilsen and South Bohemia (both at 2 percent).
The Moravian-Silesian Region has the highest rate of unemployment (at 4.6 percent) followed by the Ústí nad Labem region (at 4.5 percent).
That national unemployment rate is currently under 3 percent, the lowest level in 22 years.
President Miloš Zeman will present pop singer Michal David with state
honours on October 28, the day marking the centenary of Czechoslovakia’s
David, whose birth name is Vladimír Štancl, studied at the Prague Conservatory in the 1970s where he formed a jazz band. He became a major pop star in the 1980s with synthesizer-heavy disco tunes such as “Non stop”.
His made a comeback in 1998 when he composed and sang the "hymn" for the Czech national ice hockey team, which that year won the Nagano Winter Olympics. Since then, he has composed and produced several hit musicals.
Zeman said in an interview with the tabloid Blesk that he would be honouring David for his life’s work in making Czech people’s lives better.
No.2 seeds Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková and Barbora Strýcová, both
Czechs, rallied on Sunday to win their second title of the season at the
China Open, coming from a set down to defeat No.3 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski
and Xu Yi-fan, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
All five of the Czech pair’s finals in 2018 have come at Premier level – or better. The victory in Beijing is their biggest title as a duo.
Earlier, Dabrowski and Xu had defeated the Czech-Russian pairing of Lucie Hradecká and Ekaterina Makarova at the contest in Beijing.
New foreigners’ law to change conditions for non-EU nationals
Czech foreign ministry reports record number of visa applications
Czech rock climber Adam Ondra knocked out of World Cup in Japan
New index shows locations with best quality of life in Czech Republic
Archaeologists unearth rare Renaissance-Baroque brew house in ‘Czech Paradise’