Police in western Bohemia say an 88-year-old tourist from Germany who had
gone missing in the spa town of Mariánské Lázně has been found.
The woman had been reported as missing on Wednesday, after she did not return to the Hvězda Hotel from a walk on the historic colonnade.
Police said she was in good health but did not provide further details.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (Ano) stressed at a meeting with Chinese
Ambassador Zhang Jianmin ahead of the Christmas holidays that his
government did not in fact favour banning the use of mobile phones made by
Huawei and ZTE, the daily Denik N reports.
On December 17, the National Bureau for Cyber Security and Information (NÚKIB) argued using technology made by those Chinese companies could undermine state security.
Mr Babiš announced on December 19 that employees of the Government Office (Úřad vlády) would be banned from using the Chinese products. Several ministries later followed suit.
According to Denik N, however, Mr Babiš told the Chinese Ambassador to Prague that this was not the government’s official position, and a few days after announcing the partial ban, he rescinded it, saying such a move was hasty and had no technical basis.
In a press release dated December 24, the Chinese embassy said Mr Babiš had apologised for the initial decision to impose a partial ban and stressed the positive development of Czech-Sino economic cooperation.
Opposition politicians have said the position taken by the Czech prime minister was irresponsible, with one accusing him of being servile to China.
About two hundred admirers of Karel Čapek met at his grave in Prague this
Christmas Day, the 80th anniversary of the writer’s death.
Best known as a science fiction author, Karel Čapek was a writer of great scope, whom many classify alongside Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.
Academic Martin C. Putna, a principal spokesman of the Čapek Brothers Society, delivered a speech based on the writer’s work Apocryphal Tales, highlighting the writer's idea that every man is a "spark of good", and talking about the dangers of extremism.
While Karel is buried at the Vyšehrad cemetery, his brother Josef Čapek, a celebrated cubist painter as well as a writer, died in the Belsen concentration camp.
Karel Čapek's funeral on December 29, 1938 in Vyšehrad became a public demonstration. The Čapek Brothers Society was established in 1947.
A newborn boy placed in a babybox the Prague 6 City Hall early on Thursday
morning has been given the name Filip.
Ludvik Hess, founder of the Czech babybox network, said Filip is the 180th infant to have been placed in a babybox in the Czech Republic in the past 13 years. There are currently 76 babyboxes in the country.
Critics say babyboxes violate the child’s right to know its identity, nationality, and birth parents, as established under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Advocates of babyboxes maintain that the practice prevents infanticide and late-term abortion.
The Czechs have won their first match in the 2019 World Junior
Championship, beating the Swiss team by 2-1.
The decisive goal by David Kvasnička came just shy of a minute into overtime play.
The Czechs have a day off before taking on Russia on Friday.
The Swiss, meanwhile, on Thursday play Canada, hosts of the U-20 Ice Hockey World Cup in Vancouver.
Prague firefighters responded to about 60 calls during the Christmas
holiday, one of which involved a fire that resulted in a casualty.
A woman in her early forties died on the 24th of December as a result of a Christmas tree fire in an apartment on Lucemburská Street in Vinohrady.
Two men and a small child also suffered injuries, according to a spokesperson for the firefighting service. The fire probably started because of a sparkler decorating the tree.
About 136 fires were reported throughout the country at Christmas, 29 fewer than last year. Rainy weather may have been a factor in the overall decrease.
Confidence in the economy has fallen for a second consecutive month,
dropping 0.7 points to 98.6 points in December, data published on Thursday
by the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) show.
According to the economic sentiment indicator, business confidence fell 1.4 points to reach 96.4 points in December. Consumer confidence, meanwhile, rose by 2.3 points to 109.2 points following a more pronounced decline in November.
Compared to December 2017, overall confidence in the Czech economy is down, and both the business and consumer confidence indicators have fallen in annual terms.
In his Christmas message to the nation President Miloš Zeman thanked
Czechs for their trust in electing him to a second term in office and
promised to continue working for the country’s national interests, both
through intensive economic diplomacy and a staunch anti-migrant stance.
He expressed support for the country’s participation in foreign missions and praised the government for defending Czech interests through cooperation within the Visegrad group.
Mr. Zeman praised the leaders of the ANO party, the Social Democrats and the Communists for having had the political courage to form a viable government and slammed protesters who recently demonstrated against it in the big cities, saying they had no reason to protest against a democratically elected leadership.
The head of state also reiterated his criticism of the country’s intelligence service, BIS, for its warning regarding heightened activities of Russian and Chinese agents on Czech territory, describing it as unjustified "spy mania“.
Hundreds of people took part in a performance of Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech
Christmas Mass at Prague’s Main Train Station on Sunday afternoon. It was
the eighth time the event, in which professional musicians and singers are
joined by amateur enthusiasts, took place inside the country’s busiest
A similar public rendition of the well-known music, which is popularly known as “Rybovka”, was planned for the capital’s Kampa district later in the afternoon.
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