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11-09-2004

Priest's murder shocks residents in small town

The murder of a local priest has shocked residents in the town of Trebenice, North Bohemia. At around 5 am local time on Saturday fire-fighters were called to the local rectory which had been set alight, only to discover the 78-year-old priest still alive but mortally wounded. Sometime later the man succumbed to his injuries. A police investigation is underway, with speculation that the priest had surprised a burglar during a robbery, and that the assailant had set the parish alight in an effort to cover his tracks.

Unknown assailant shoots officer, makes off in police car

A Prague police officer is in hospital in serious condition after being shot by an unknown assailant on Friday evening. The officer and his partner had stopped the assailant in a routine check in Prague's Smichov district, when the man pulled his weapon and fired. A shoot-out ensued, before the attacker took control of the officers' car and drove off. The vehicle was abandoned just 300 metres away. The assailant nevertheless managed to escape. In the incident at least ten shots were fired.

Daily: Czech doctor bets fortune on Bush, to help Russian siege victims

The Czech national daily Mlada Fronta Dnes reported on Friday that a Czech doctor has bet more than 30, 000 euros at three agencies in Prague that U.S. presidential incumbent George W. Bush would win November's U.S. elections. The doctor, a 57-year-old, has claimed if he wins his wager he will donate a third of the winnings to victims of the recent Russian school tragedy in Beslan.

Rikl, Paes downed in U.S. Open doubles final

Czech tennis player David Rikl and his Indian partner Leander Paes have lost their doubles final at the U.S. Open in New York. The two were defeated in straight sets 6:3, 6:3 by the Bahamian/Canadian duo of Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor.

The grand-slam finals appearance at Flushing Meadows was Czech player David Rikl's first.

Chelsea's Petr Cech earns yet another clean-sheet

Net minder Petr Cech has earned his fourth clean-sheet in five games, as his football side, Chelsea, tied with Aston Villa on Saturday in the English Premiership. In a notable moment in the game the Czech goalkeeper erased a chance by Hitzlsperger on a free-kick, keeping the game even.

Chelsea has now conceded just one goal in a total of five games.

Weather

Sunday is expected to be sunny with daytime temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius.

11-09-2004