Saturday, 6 February 2016
National | ČTK

Former Czechoslovak communist premier Lubomír Štrougal will not be prosecuted over his responsibility for the deaths of people who perished when they tried to get through the Iron Curtain to West European countries, the police office that dealt with the case told ČTK on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Some 20,000 geese from the areas behind the Arctic Circle have found their winter habitat on the Nové Mlýny artificial lakes in south Moravia, which is about one-quarter more than last year, ornithologist Jiri Safranek told ČTK.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

While the embankment below Rašín's Waterfront is full of people on nice, sightseeing-friendly days, Dvořák's Waterfront remains empty. However, this could change soon. Architects from the Institute of Planning and Development (IPD) have been preparing a transformation of Dvořák's riverbank.

National | ČTK

The transfer of the five Czechs in Lebanon to the Czech Republic is expected to be agreed by Thursday and they should return home then, Foreign Minister Zaoralek Lubomir Zaoralek told reporters yesterday.

National | ČTK

The Czech Republic may send further financial aid to refugees fleeing the war-ravaged Syria if there is money in the budget reserve, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, before his departure for a Syria donor conference that will be held in London on Thursday.

National | ČTK

Czech Constitutional Court (US) chairman Pavel Rychetsky, 72, said Wednesday he still plans to leave the post by the end of 2017 at the latest, depending on how quickly the US's operation will become smooth in its new lineup.

National | ČTK

Over 292,000 people had a firearms licence in the Czech Republic and they legally owned about 807,000 guns at the end of 2015, according to the data that the Police Presidium released to CTK Wednesday.

Politics | ČTK

Seven out of ten Czechs want President Milos Zeman to speak critically about the activities of the government and parties, according to a poll conducted by the STEM polling institute in December and released Wednesday.

National | ČTK

The Czech Constitutional Court (US) on Wednesday complied with a complaint lodged by 19 Vietnamese who worked in forests and were not duly paid for their work, due to which the police will have to reopen the case of fraud they at first shelved.

National | ČTK

The town hall of Prerov and the Olomouc Region authority, north Moravia, want to close the military airport Prerov-Bochor over a planned industrial zone, but the project is resolutely rejected by the Defence Ministry, daily Pravo wrote Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Czech lobbyist Marek Dalík was sentenced to five years in prison and a five-million-crown penalty for corruption accompanying the purchase of the Pandur armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for the Czech military, the Prague Municipal Court ruled on Tuesday. If Dalík did not pay the fine, he would spend another two years in prison. Dalík pleads not guilty. His defence counsel appealed the verdict on the spot, and consequently the High Court will deal with the case.

National | ČTK

The Czech Kobra special police unit fighting serious financial crime has prevented tax evasion amounting to CZK 4.1 billion in total since its establishment in June 2014, Police President Tomáš Tuhý told reporters on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

British and Czech Prime Ministers David Cameron and Bohuslav Sobotka have made a bargain, within which the former promised to stop blocking the sale of Czech aircraft to Iraq and the latter not to oppose the British plan to reduce welfare, Respekt reports.

National | ČTK

The annual increase in the number of Czechs who are HIV-positive was the biggest over the past 30 years with 266 newly recorded cases in 2015, while there were only tens of them a year until 2006, according to the statistics published by the National Institute of Public Health.

National | ČTK

Customs officers at Prague's international airport have uncovered 47 shipments of drugs since the beginning of the year, compared with only 29 cases in the same period of 2015 and a mere 14 in 2014.