Czech businessman Daniel Křetínský has gained a 49 percent stake in the
holding company Le Nouveau Monde, a shareholder in the French newspaper Le
Monde, the news agency AFP reported on Thursday.
The Czech tycoon bought the minority share from Matthieu Pigasse, a French banker and co-owner of Le Monde, through his company Czech Media Invest. According to Mr. Pigasse, the transaction took place a few days ago.
Seven out of ten Czechs are in favour of abolishing daylight saving time,
suggests a survey carried out by the STEM agency released on Thursday.
According to the survey, 44 percent of respondents would prefer to stay on summer time throughout the whole year instead of changing the clocks in spring and autumn. The European Commission announced earlier this year that it would recommend that EU states abandon the practice of switching times, since most EU citizens were in favour of the move.
Daylight saving time ends in the Czech Republic this Sunday at 3AM, when the clocks go back one hour to Central European Time.
British authorities have charged another six people in a case involving a
human trafficking and modern slavery network with suspected links to the
Czech Republic, the police of the Kent county in the south-east England
informed on Thursday.
Two people, both Czech nationals, were charged earlier this year, during a police raid in May in Dover, in which police identified twelve potential victims from the Czech Republic, who were allegedly kept as slaves. The case is due to go on trial in November.
American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who won the 1970 Pulitzer
Prize for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam
War, is set to visit Prague in November.
Mr. Hersh, who is a long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine on national security matters, will be signing his most recent book called Reporter: A Memoir. There will also be a public debate and a press conference focused on the White House politics.
Mr. Hersh was supposed to be one of the guests of this year’s Prague Writers’ Festival, but his visit was postponed due to health problems. He will be in the Czech capital from November 8 to November 10.
Karolína Plíšková has sealed her place in the Singapore Masters
semi-finals after defeating her compatriot Petra Kvitová 6-3, 6-4. It’s
the second straight year Plíšková has made it to the semi-finals and her
first-ever win over Petra Kvitová.
In the women’s doubles competition, the Czech pair Andrea-Sestini Hlaváčková and Barbora Strýcová advanced to the semi-finals, after defeating Andreja Klepac of Slovenia and Maria Jose Martinez of Spain 6:1, 6:2.
They will face the winner of the match between Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková against Květa Peschkeová and Nicole Melicharová in the next round.
The Czech soldier killed in an attack at a military facility in western
Afghanistan on Monday will be buried with military honours, head of the
Joint Operation Centre Štefan Muránský told the Czech News Agency on
Corporal Procházka was a 42-year-old cynologist from the north Bohemian town of Hrádek nad Nisou. He was in Afghanistan on a six-month long posting, which started in August.
His remains were brought to the Czech Republic on Wednesday night on a special army plane. The ceremony was attended by President Miloš Zeman, cardinal Dominik Duka and leading political and military representatives.
Monday’s shooting was the third attack on Czech troops in the past three months, which left a total of four dead and seven wounded.
The Czech Republic will recall one of its diplomats posted at the Riyadh
embassy in connection with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) announced following
a meeting with the Saudi Ambassador in Prague.
According to the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, ten people are currently stationed in Riyadh. Possible sanctions against Saudi Arabia, including limiting arms exports, could be discussed with other European Union countries.
Mr Petříček said he wants to discuss the situation with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš so that the government can speak with a unified position about the apparent murder of Khashoggi, the Czech news agency ČTK reported.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said following a meeting in London on
Wednesday with his British counterpart that he is confident the European
Union and United Kingdom will reach an agreement on Brexit.
Welcoming him to Downing Street for talks, Ms. May said she hoped for strong business links after Brexit, stating she was looking forward to discussions on how to strengthen ties and trade.
For this part, Mr Babiš said that in his discussion with Theresa May he had emphasized that Czechs and other EU citizens living in the UK should not be worse off after Brexit.
Before flying to London, he noted that the Brexit problem was now mainly focused on the Northern Ireland border issue.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was received in London on Wednesday by
his British counterpart, Theresa May.
Topping their agenda was the status of talks on Brexit and various foreign and security policy concerns.
During his visit, Mr Babiš also met London’s mayor, Charles Bowman, and was to attend a concert by the Czech Philharmonic celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.