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Daily news summary 19.5.2019

Labour MP denies spy claim, ceremony at Terzín,Plískova wins Italian Open more >>

Weather forecast

Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with heavy rain in the afternoon hours and day temperatures between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius. more >>

Plískova wins Italian Open

Karolína Plískova captured the biggest clay title of her career by beating Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final in Rome on Sunday. The victory will move Plískova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of the contenders for the French Open, which starts next ... more >>

Civic Democratic Party leader condemns party member’s call for Zeman’s elimination

Civic Democratic Party leader Petr Fiala has condemned as “absolutely unacceptable” a vicious verbal attack against President Zeman and a call for his elimination by a regional member of the party. The attack on Facebook was made in reaction to the president‘s support for a law taxing church ... more >>

Commemorative ceremony at Terzín

Several hundred people, including war veterans, politicians, foreign diplomats, church dignitaries and cultural figures gathered at Terezín National Cemetery on Sunday to pay homage to victims of the Holocaust. Speaker of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera warned against indifference, apathy and ... more >>

Lake Malawi 11th in Eurovision Song Contest

The Czech indie-pop band Lake Malawi placed 11th in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The popular band, fronted by singer-songwriter Albert Černý, competed with the song Friend of a Friend. Lake Malawi scored 157 points from the jury and just 7 from international viewers. The winner was... more >>

190,000 Czech pensioners living under the poverty line

Approximately 190,000 Czech pensioners are living under the poverty line, with pensions under 10,000 crowns a month, according to data released by the Czech Social Administration Office. 60,000 thousand pensioners are having to make do with pensions under 8,000 crowns a month. The poverty line... more >>

Labour MP Robinson denies he was Cold War spy for Czechoslovakia

Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has denied claims that he was a Cold War spy who passed confidential government files to Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. The Mail on Sunday reported that there is extensive evidence of this cooperation in files compiled by the stb communist secret service and ... more >>

Marquee performer Jiří Korn marks jubilee year

Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to singer, actor and dancer Jiří Korn – a triple threat, as they say in show business – born in Prague seventy years ago this May. The consummate marquee performer began his professional musical career back in the swinging sixties as a member of Rebels. more >>

Mass in memory of Cardinal Josef Beran

A mass in memory of Cardinal Josef Beran was celebrated at St.Vitus Cathedral on Saturday on the 50th anniversary of his death and the repatriation of his remains from the Vatican last year. The mass was celebrated by Prague Archbishop Cardinal Dominik Duka. Cardinal Beran was a symbol of ... more >>

Daily news summary 18.5.2019

Former coal-mining boss detained,Eurovision, Czech Radio birthday more >>

Former Czech coal-mining company manager detained in Geneva

Swiss police are reported to have detained Petr Kraus, a former manager in the MUS coal mining company, whom a Swiss court sentenced to 16 months in jail in 2013 for siphoning off money from MUS which he and four other managers deposited in Swiss banks. Kraus, who was arrested at Geneva airport,... more >>

Weather forecast

Sunday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in places and day temperatures between 19 and 23 degrees. more >>

Open House Prague festival underway

Many of Prague’s historic and architectural jewels opened to the public this weekend within the Open House Prague festival, now in its fifth year. Visitors can admire the interiors of more than 80 of the city’s Gothic, Baroque and Modernist buildings as well as spaces usually inaccessible ... more >>

Czech indie-pop band Lake Malawi in Eurovision final

The Czech indie-pop band Lake Malawi will compete in Saturday’s final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The popular band, fronted by singer-songwriter Albert Černý, reached the final with the song Friend of a Friend. They will be up against finalists from Albania, North Macedonia, ... more >>

Police propose pressing charges of hate speech in connection with Christchurch attacks

The police have proposed filing charges of hate speech against an unnamed individual in connection with verbal attacks posted online in connection with the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand. According to the internet daily Denik N the police are investigating several other people in ... more >>

President’s chancellor not to face prosecution over meetings with judges

A Prague district prosecutor's office which received three lawsuits against President Zeman’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, based on suspicions that he had tried to influence court decisions, has said there are no legal grounds for pressing charges. State Attorney Jan Lelek said that while the… more >>

Czech Radio opens its doors on 96th birthday

Czech Radio opens its doors to the public on Saturday on the occasion of its 96th birthday. Visitors to the station’s main headquarters at Vinohradska 12 will be given a tour of the building, visit the newsroom and meet their favourite radio personalities. The birthday celebration traditionally... more >>

Czechs beat Italy 8:0 at the Ice Hockey World Championship

The Czechs thrashed Italy 8:0 at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava on Friday night, edging the team closer to the quarterfinals. Milan Gulaš, who is playing his first championship scored the opening goal, with Radko Gudas, Michael Frolík, Jan Kovář a Dmitrij Jaškin scoring another ... more >>

The hidden story of Doreen Warriner – academic turned humanitarian hero

A plaque was recently unveiled in Prague honouring one of the modest heroes who were instrumental in organising the evacuations of hundreds of Jewish women and children out of Czechoslovakia before the onset of World War II, where they would otherwise have been wiped out in German ... more >>
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