The Czech Pirate Party has asked the Czech Interior Ministry to offer
political asylum to American whistleblower Edward Snowden who leaked
details of the U.S. Prism mass surveillance programme to the press. The
party sent the outgoing Interior Minister Jan Kubice an open letter asking
the ministry to publicly condemn the U.S. surveillance practices and
the public that the Czech intelligence services are not involved in
Snowden, a former CIA contractor, confessed that he had revealed details of the top-secret Prism programme of the US government, including the monitoring of Internet and phone communication, to the media. The U.S. State Department has accused him of espionage and theft of official documents. Snowden is presently in a transit area of the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow and has applied for political asylum in over 20 countries.
A species of north American insect, known as azalea sawfly, has been registered in the Czech Republic, possibly the first country in Europe, the State Phytosanitary Administration said. The authorities warned growers of azaleas of the insect which can cause serious damages to the plants’ leaves, and asked them to report any occurrences of the sawfly.
The family of American national Kevin Dahlgren, who is suspected of murdering four relatives in the Czech Republic, has hired top US lawyer Theodore Simon to represent their son. Mr Simon was one of the lawyers instrumental in securing freedom for American student Amanda Knox and has handled celebrity cases. Last week, Kevin Dahlgren avoided arrest in the Czech Republic after the murders were discovered but was detained upon arrival back in the US. His lawyer has said a bail decision should be taken next week. The Czech Republic is preparing an extradition request, although the United States rarely extradites its citizens.
The police are investigating the murder of four people in Brno. The suspect is a young American known on social networks as Kevin Dahlgren, who reportedly resides in Brno and had offered his services as an English teacher. His whereabouts are presently unknown. The police have warned the public that he is dangerous and very likely armed. Detectives have asked the public for help in tracing the suspect but have not released any details regarding the possible motive of the crime or the identity of the victims. According to Tyden magazine the victims were an older couple and their two sons, both musicians. The suspect was reportedly a relative who lived with them for close to three weeks.
Thursday marks 140 years since the birth of Antonín Čermák, once mayor of Chicago and a native of the town of Kladno near Prague. One of the most famous Czech-Americans, Tony Cermak was the mayor of Chicago from 1931 until 1933, when he was assassinated. A school in Prague 6 was renamed at a ceremony on Thursday in honor of his achievements.
The Czech government will give four million crowns (about 200,000 US dollars) to the people of the town of West in Texas, where fourteen people died and dozens of houses were destroyed as a result of an explosion last week. The Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg made the announcement in Brussels on Tuesday, saying that most of the money will be used to rebuild the Sokol building in the town, where three-quarters of inhabitants are of Czech descent.
The Czech Republic will provide aid to the Texan town of West, which has been devastated by a massive explosion at a local fertiliser plant. The country’s ambassador to the US has arrived in the town, which has a very strong Czech heritage, and says the Czech government will help rebuild the community. More assistance for West should also come from the north Moravian towns whose inhabitants settled in the town more than a century ago.
The Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovič, is in West, Texas providing assistance to Czech-Americans in the wake of Wednesday’s devastating fertilizer plant explosion. According to local police sources 15 people were killed in the blast, over a hundred were injured and many people have been left homeless. West has some 2,700 residents and is home to large community of Czech immigrants. A number of Czech-Americans are reported to have been among the firefighters who fought the blaze.
The fire and massive explosion at a fertiliser plant in the small Texas town of West has flattened dozens of homes and left untold numbers of people dead – casualty figures haven’t been released as many are still trapped in the wreckage of their homes. The disaster is being followed closely here in the Czech Republic – the town was settled by Czech immigrants in the 19th century, and some three quarters of the population are of Czech origin.
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