Saturday, 21 January 2017
National | ČTK

The Senate passed on Thursday the anti-smoking bill without any changes, which means that smoking will be absolutely banned inside restaurants, theatres and cinemas as of the end of May. The bill also bans smoking at transport stations, the use of electronic cigarettes in hospitals, schools and shopping centres, and the sales of cigarettes in vending machines where their use by underage persons cannot be ruled out.

Politics | ČTK

Prime Minister and ČSSD head Bohuslav Sobotka has spoken to representatives of the Washington STG company to see how it could help the party prepare for the October general elections, Hospodářské noviny reported.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague night trams and buses will be dressed to the nines. Or, at least the numbering is going to be changed to start with nine. Currently the night service vehicles start with five, in the 50s for trams and 500s for buses.

National | Radio Prague

Twenty years ago the Czech Republic and Germany signed a joint declaration pledging not to burden bilateral relations with controversial issues from the past so as to enable the neighbouring states to look forward and fully develop the existing potential for cooperation.

National | ČTK

The Czech Foreign Ministry issued a warning on its website on Thursday in which it recommends that Czech citizens staying in Gambia leave the country that the neighbouring Senegal's military has entered in support of the newly elected Gambian president, Adam Barrow.

National | Radio Prague

Andrew Schapiro, whose mother was born in the city, has been one of the most visible US ambassadors to Prague in recent decades.

National | ČTK

Doubts about the further fate of integration have been rising in Europe, as has been populism, nationalism and extremism, a situation where the EU's action capability is and will be decisive, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka told the foreign diplomatic corps at a meeting in Prague on Thursday.

National | ČTK

New U.S. President Donald Trump will take unexpected steps and he will tend to focus on domestic affairs, Hynek Kmonicek, head of the Czech Presidential Office foreign affairs department, said in a public debate on Thursday.

Prague | ČTK

About 20 people met in Prague's Wenceslas Square on Thursday to commemorate students Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, who immolated themselves in 1969 in protest against the developments after the August 21, 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The prosecuted suspects who are extradited from an EU country to the Czech Republic will gain the right to choose an assisting defence lawyer in the Czech Republic, under an amendment to the international judicial rules that the Senate passed on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Czech state will gain more powers to confiscate the property of those convicted of certain types of crime, according to an amendment to the criminal law and the Penal Code that the Senate passed on Thursday.

National | ČTK

Only two types of prisons, with usual and maximum security, will be in the Czech Republic under the amendment to the criminal code and the law on serving the prison sentence passed by the Senate on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The number of foreigners working in Czech industrial zones has increased in the past few months along with the number of petty crimes, above all traffic offences, that foreign employees, mainly from Poland and Ukraine, commit there, daily Pravo wrote on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Regional Court in Prague has ordered an additional investigation into the second branch of the case of David Rath, former lawmaker and Central Bohemia governor, on Monday, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote on Thursday, referring to the court's spokeswoman Pavlina Bockova.

National | ČTK

Britain plans to guarantee all the rights to the Czechs and other EU citizens living in the United Kingdom as soon as possible, British ambassador to the Czech Republic Jan Thompson told journalists on Thursday.