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Archaeologists discover ancient Germanic graves in East Bohemia

Archaeologists from the East Bohemian Museum have announced the discovery of six ancient graves around the village of Sendražice near Hradec Kralové. The graves are believed to have been made by a Germanic tribe in the 6th century during the migration period. One of the graves, which was not ... more >>
 

Slavia bookies' favourites as 2019–2020 football season begins

The new season in Czech football’s First League gets underway on Friday evening, when Jablonec play host to Bohemians 1905. Champions Slavia are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the title, for a second consecutive year, though Viktoria Plzeň and Sparta could give them a run for their money. more >>
 

Madame Tussauds opens its first Central and Eastern European Branch in Prague

The famous wax figure museum Madame Tussauds opened its first branch in Central and Eastern Europe in the centre of Prague on Friday. Visitors can look forward to seeing 40 figures ranging from Jim Carrey and Bruce Willis to David Beckham, as well as Czech historical and mythical characters. The... more >>
 

Weather

Meteorologists expect frequent rain this weekend, with storms in East Bohemia and Northern Moravia. Temperatures are likely to hover around 20 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Lower-house approves the implementation of digital vignettes for motorway tolls

The Chamber of Deputies has voted for the implementation a of digital motorway toll system that should give drivers the opportunity to purchase vignettes online or via an application by January 2021. The new system is set to completely replace the paper coupons which are in use now. Furthermore, ... more >>
 

Press: Czech Republic interested in digital economy spot in future EU commission

The Czech Republic is likely to push for the post of new digital economy commissioner, Lidové Noviny reports, citing a source close to the prime minister. The reserve option is the position of commissioner for the internal market. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has not yet commented on what position... more >>
 

iRozhlas: Transport Ministry partly admits to one EU audit conclusion on conflict of interest

The Ministry of Transport, which is currently reviewing one of the two preliminary EU audits that point to a conflict of interest of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, has partly admitted to one of the conclusions in the report, news site iRozhlas reports. The specific case concerns the transfer of ... more >>
 

New EP committee vice-chair Niedermayer stresses EU’s powerful negotiating position when united

EU member states should act in a uniform manner when combating the threat of looming trade wars, TOP 09 party MEP Luděk Niedermayer told Czech Television in an interview following his selection as vice-chair of the European Union’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Mr. Niedermayer is ... more >>
 

Gene Deitch, Part 2: On Pete Seeger, US Communists in Czechoslovakia and Prague’s transformation

Animator Gene Deitch settled in Prague almost 60 years ago and directed Tom and Jerry and Popeye cartoons behind the Iron Curtain for the US market. The small number of other Americans who moved here in the communist period were one subject we discussed in the second half of an extensive ... more >>
 

Rare porcupine born in Prague zoo

A rare North American porcupine was born at Prague zoo in mid-June, the zoo has announced. The breeders have not yet been able to determine the sex of the animal. The large rodents, native to North America and Canada, are reminiscent of porcupines due to their coat of needle-like quills, but in... more >>
 

Zeman to host Hamáček and Staněk as government crisis continues

President Miloš Zeman is due to meet Social Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček and the party’s minister of culture, Antnín Staněk, at his Lány residence on Friday over a dispute that could bring down the government. Mr. Hamáček says his party could walk out of the ruling coalition unless the ... more >>
 

Strýcová fails to reach Wimbledon final

Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has failed to reach the final of the Wimbledon tournament. The 33-year-old Czech was defeated by the seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-1 6-2 in less than an hour. Strýcová is still playing in the doubles alongside Hsieh Su-Wei. The Chinese ... more >>
 

Three Czechs elected vice-chairpersons of EP committees

Three Czech MEPs are among the newly elected chairs and vice-chairs of the European Parliament’s 22 committees and subcommittees for the next two and a half years. Luděk Niedermayer of the conservative TOP 09 party has been elected first vice-chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary ... more >>
 

Number of animals killed on Czech roads shoots up in five years

Statistics show that the number of collisions with animals on Czech roads has increased markedly in recent years. What is more, experts warn that the real figure is actually much higher, due to the limited scope of available statistics. The main reasons include high numbers of deer and ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 11.7.2019

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Czech PPF Group biotech firms begin trials to extend lives of cancer patients

Biotech companies within the PPF Group, controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, are reporting advances in efforts to extend the lives of cancer patients. The companies Sotio and Cytune Pharma announced on Thursday that they had started the first trial dosing of cancer patients with SO-C101,... more >>
 

Digitally restored version of Ecstasy to be screened in Venice

The digitally restored version of Ecstasy, a 1933 film by Czechoslovak director Gustav Machatý, is due to be screened at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The film, featuring Hedy Lamarr in her first major role, was first screened at the festival in 1934. The world premiere of the film’s ... more >>
 

Two Czech tourists killed in severe storm in Greece

Six people, including two Czechs, have been killed and dozens of others injured in a fierce storm that swept across northern Greece late on Wednesday. Gale-force winds and hailstorm hit the Halkidiki region near the city of Thessaloniki, snapping trees and tearing off roofs. The elderly Czech ... more >>
 

‘Red Paw’ – First Czech blood bank registry for dogs

In the Czech Republic, as in many other countries, veterinarians have long faced the same problem: a shortage of dog blood, necessary in case of urgent transfusions. To address the issue, a group of volunteers founded Red Paw (Červená tlapka), the country’s first such registry. Since its May ... more >>
 

Weather

Friday is expected to be overcast with occasional rain and daytime highs ranging between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius. more >>
 
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