Monday, 20 August 2018
News | The Christian Science Monitor

Fifty years after Moscow ended the Prague Spring by force, the world continues to benefit from the lesson of truth-telling that was spawned by that historic event. Dubček was deposed by the Kremlin and communist rule was reinstated in Czechoslovakia. But the Soviet claim to historical supremacy was never the same. A bubble was popped.

News | Radio Prague

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Czech Republic has joined forces with artist Toy_Box to launch a new exhibition on Prague’s Artwall Gallery.

News | Euronews

An endangered Silvery Gibbon was introduced to the public at Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic Tuesday. The Silvery Gibbon is one of the world's rarest primates and native to the island of Java in Indonesia, with less than 4,000 of the species living in the wild. The new arrival is the second of its species to be born in captivity, following its 3-year-old brother being the first.

News | Radio Prague

A Czech truck driver survived a disaster in Italy’s Genoa on Tuesday when a long section of the city’s Morandi motorway bridge collapsed, Czech Television reported. At least 30 people were killed when the bridge collapsed, with some vehicles falling up to 90 metres to the ground below. More details regarding how the driver survived or his state of health have not been released.

National | Prague TV

The Czech Air Force’s marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Air Force with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Winged Lion Memorial on Prague’s Klarov park. The celebration is one of many tied to the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in 1918. The event also honored the 2,507 Czechoslovak men and women who served in the British Royal Air Force during World War II.

Politics | Radio Prague

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, says he will offer Italy and Malta unmanned aircraft to help guard their borders and combat illegal migration when he visits the two states in a fortnight’s time. Mr. Babis made the comment on Tuesday after visiting a Czech company that develops such aircraft.

News | Prague Morning

Istanbul-based studio Superspace has proposed a design for Vítězné náměstí (Prague 6) that transforms the zone into a space flourishing with nature and social activities. The simple but effective solution inverts traffic and pedestrian access to create a green urban center, where markets, art festivals and even wintertime ice-skating can take place.

Politics | Radio Prague

Sergeant Martin Marcin, one of the three soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on August 5, was buried on Tuesday. A flyover of Czech Army planes took place ahead of the funeral service, which was held in Sergeant Marcin’s hometown of Chomutov.

News | Radio Prague

The tradition of Praga international stamps exhibitions dates all the way back to the year 1938. The exhibition was last held in the Czech capital in 2008 and attracted over 40,000 people. Organizers are expecting around the same number of visitors to come this year.

News | Radio Prague

Meteorologists have called off fire warnings imposed on most of the Czech Republic for a period of several weeks, Czech Television reported. The move followed heavy rainfall in recent days.

News | Prague TV

Czechs are drinking less beer, with exceptions in some categories. The Czech Republic has been the world's leader in beer consumption for as long as the independent country has existed. But the Czech world leadership in beer consumption is slowing down. While in 2004 the average daily consumption was over 400 half-liters per year, last year that figure was less than 300 half liters. At least half of Czech men and women on occasion open “pito,” the slang name for a non-alcoholic beer.

News | Radio Prague

The forest fire that broke out high up on Ještěd Mountain in the north of the country has been brought under control. Twelve firefighter units were called to the blaze, which threatened to spread due to strong wind. The emergency services have also employed a helicopter to contain the fire.

News | Prague TV

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner will start regular service from Václav Havel Airport Prague. Qatar Airways confirmed that from Oct. 28, 2018, the Dreamliner will be deployed on the route from Prague to Doha to increase the overall capacity by about 46 percent. The daily afternoon flight to Doha, the capital of Qatar, will use a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with a capacity of 254 passengers.

Politics | Radio Prague

Czech humanitarian organisation People in Need has launched a campaign to release the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov from Russian prison. Oleg Sentsov, who is 39, was arrested in 2014 during a protest against Russia's annexation of Crimea. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Russian military court in 2015 on charges of terrorism, and is now on a hunger strike in the prison.

Politics | Radio Prague

The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Many come here in search of a better life, to escape the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin or homophobia in their homeland. And many find that the Russian led-invasion of Czechoslovakia casts a long shadow.