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06-06-2004

Leaders pay tribute to the thousands who sacrificed their lives at Normandy 60 years ago

World leaders - including U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as at other leaders or heads of state including Queen Elizabeth II and Czech President Vaclav Klaus, have marked the 60th anniversary of D-Day - the invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944. The invasion launched by the Allies was crucial to defeating Hitler in the Second World War, and on Sunday hundreds of veterans from countries including the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands, returned to hallowed ground for memorial services honouring those who died.

Gerhard Schroeder of Germany also became the first German chancellor to ever attend the ceremonies to honour soldiers' sacrifices in helping defeat the Nazi war machine.

Klaus, Havel, pay tribute to memory of Ronald Reagan

Shortly before leaving for Normandy Czech President Vaclav Klaus became one of many heads of state to pay tribute to former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who died at the age of 93 on Saturday. Mr Klaus honoured Mr Reagan's legacy by calling him one of the greatest statesmen of the last era. He added that without Mr Reagan's involvement the fall of Communism in Europe would not have come so swiftly and would not have been as peaceful.

Mr Klaus' predecessor Vaclav Havel also rued the death of the former U.S. president at the weekend.

Czech lost in Slovakia's High Tatra Mountains

Rescue services in neighbouring Slovakia have revealed that a Czech tourist has been hurt and another likely killed after suffering falls in the country's High Tatra Mountains on Sunday. The accident took place at around noon. One of the climbers - a 25 year old woman suffered only light injuries, and is now in hospital in the town of Poprad. However, her 27-year-old compatriot disappeared in the fall. Rescuers are saying his chances of survival are minimal. He is thought to have fallen into an abyss.

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to play Prague on Sunday

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who arrived in Prague on Saturday, will play Prague's T-Mobile Park on Sunday to tens of thousands of dedicated fans. Before he takes to the stage on Sunday evening, Mr McCartney is expected to meet briefly with the Czech Republic's former president, Vaclav Havel. Mr Havel is already known for camaraderie with the Rolling Stones. Among songs Mr McCartney is expected to perform in his three hour set will be such Beatles' classics as Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road, and Hey Jude.

Weather

Monday is expected to be sunny with the daytime temperatures reaching a high of 26 degrees Celsius.

06-06-2004