Many of Prague’s museums will open their doors free of charge or for a
token sum on Saturday and Sunday, when events are being held to mark the
centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Some of the 14 institutions
taking part in the weekend’s celebrations are planning to run special
programmes in connection with the anniversary.
The most prominent participant in the event Prague Museums 1918–2018 will be the National Museum, which is reopening after major renovations on Saturday. It will host the exhibition Czech-Slovak/Slovak Czech, which has already been shown in Bratislava.
President Miloš Zeman will make a speech in the Chamber of Deputies on
Wednesday at a session where a vote will take place on next year’s state
budget, his spokesperson said. Mr. Zeman previously backed the draft budget
during negotiations between and ANO and the Social Democrats on forming a
The coalition plans for a deficit of CZK 40 billion in next year’s budget, down from the CZK 50 million deficit envisaged for 2018. Some opposition politicians have criticised the maintenance of a deficit at a time of economic growth.
The chief of staff of the Czech Army, Aleš Opata, says an attack that left
a Czech soldier dead in Afghanistan was carried out by an Afghan soldier
serving alongside NATO troops. Corporal Tomáš Procházka, who was 42, was
shot dead on Monday while returning from a routine mission outside his base
in Herat Province. His body is due to be flown home on Wednesday.
General Lieutenant Opata said the assailant had fired on the men not primarily because they were Czech, but because they were members of the coalition forces.
The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, described the attack as unexpected and unprecedented. Two other Czech soldiers were injured.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit the Czech Republic on Friday at
the start of a weekend of celebrations marking the centenary of the birth
of Czechoslovakia on October 28, 1918.She is to meet with Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš and other top officials.
French President Emmanuel Macron will also travel to Prague to attend the celebrations, highlighting France´s contribution to the birth of independent Czechoslovakia.
One of the five Czech soldiers injured in a suicide bomb blast in
Afghanistan last week is to be flown back to the Czech Republic for further
A spokesperson for the Czech Armed Forces said the soldier’s condition now enabled transport and the army would send out a special plane to bring him home.
He suffered serious injuries in the blast and has already undergone several operations.
The police have charged three people in connection with the drowning of two
seven-year-old Vietnamese boys in Lhota Lake, north of Prague.The charges
are negligence resulting in death. If convicted they could face between one
and six years in prison.
The accident happened in August of this year. The mothers of the two boys later complained that when they reported the children missing the employees of the bathing resort did not take them seriously and a search for the children was only launched several hours later. The lifeguard was reportedly not at his post because of the heat.
The office supervising the finances of political parties and movements has
fined 13 political parties and movements, 14 coalitions and 8 independent
candidates for lack of transparency in reporting on money spent on
campaigning in the recent Senate elections.
The irregularities concern the information made available to the public regarding the amount of money and the manner in which it had been spent.
Altogether the fines amount to 280,000 crowns. The office has not revealed the names of the parties or candidates who were found lacking.
Efforts continue to try to capture a brown bear that has been killing sheep
and destroying beehives in the Zlin region in Moravia.
The animal which is reported to have killed more than two dozen sheep in the past few weeks makes regular forages into mountain farms and villages in search of food.
Rangers have set a trap for the animal but experts say it may take days or weeks to capture it. It should then be placed in one of the country’s zoos.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has welcomed the joint EU statement on the
killing of Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Czech Foreign
Minister Tomáš Petříček said on Twitter that the killing of the Saudi
opposition journalist called for an emphatic and univocal response from the
28-member bloc. The Czech foreign minister is to meet with the Saudi
ambassador to Prague on Wednesday to debate the issue with him.
The European Union has called for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it.
Khashoggi's killing has drawn international criticism, prompting the kingdom to describe it as a "huge and grave mistake", while adding that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware of the case.
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