Saturday, 1 August 2015
Politics | Radio Prague

The Czech coalition government has moved to tighten the rules for the financing of political parties. The proposed measures include a 3 million crown ceiling on donations from individual sponsors and a cap on the amount of money that parties can spend on election campaigns. The draft bill also envisages the setting up of an independent body which would supervise the financing of political parties.

National | ČTK

Around 50 to 60 immigrants attempted to flee a Czech facility for refugees in Bělá pod Bezdězem on Thursday damaging two small gates, but they did not succeed in leaving the premises.

Prague | Radio Prague

A fire in a family home in the Ořechovka neighbourhood in Střešovice, Prague, claimed the lives of two elderly women, aged 87 and 92, early Thursday morning. The Czech News Agency reported the women who died may have been renowned former opera soprano Ludmila Dvořáková and her sister Květoslava.

Prague | The Prague Post

Direct flights between Beijing and Prague will start Sept. 23. The 7, 471 km flights will take place three times a week using a Boeing 767 with a seating capacity for 233 passengers, with 34 in business class.

National | ČTK

Rudi Schlattner has uncovered property that his ethnic German family hid in the attic of their house in Libouchec near Ústí nad Labem before they had to leave it 70 years ago.

Prague | The Prague Post

A new date has been set for the opening of the Blanka tunnel in Prague. If there are no more delays traffic may finally start passing through on Sept. 20, according to Petr Dolínek, deputy Prague mayor and city councilor for transportation.

National | ČTK

The police have posted in the Internet database of missing persons the photos of five Czechs who went missing in Lebanon in mid-July, iDnes.cz server said Thursday, adding that the kidnapping can now be investigated in the Czech Republic.

National | ČTK

The Czech police are likely to further tighten border checks over illegal migrants and deploy more policemen in them in August or September, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Police President Tomas Tuhy told reporters Thursday.

National | ČTK

Thirty-one Iraqi helicopter pilots are being trained in the Czech Republic, the Defence Ministry's spokesman Petr Medek told CTK Thursday, correcting the ministry's original information that 31 pilots who will be flying Czech combat planes L-159 are being trained in the country.

National | ČTK

A Czech court sentenced former judge Ondřej Havlín to 6.5 years in prison for corruption and it imposed a fine of CZK 350,000 on him on Thursday.

Prague | ČTK

Foreigners studying at Prague universities can arrange administrative issues related to the application for their stay in the Czech Republic at the Komensky Campus student dormitory where a detached office for foreigners' stay of the Interior Ministry was officially opened Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Czech Republic will provide 22.5 million crowns for the prestigious U.S. University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles in the next three years to hold conferences on the situation in the Middle east in Prague, the government approved on Wednesday night.

National | Radio Prague

Further inspection of a Pendolino train badly damaged in a tragic head-on collision in Moravia suggests that only the undercarriage of the lead car is likely be salvaged and that the rest of the car could be beyond repair.

Politics | ČTK

ANO are considering having their electoral candidates for the 2016 regional elections to undergo psychological tests in order to learn about their loyalty in reaction to problems with rebels in local branches, Hospodářské noviny wrote Wednesday.

National | Radio Prague

Bonus payments to top ministry officials have risen sharply in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period a year earlier, Czech Radio reported on Wednesday. Total bonuses rose by around CZK 65 million to reach almost CZK 220 million.