Friday, 19 December 2014
National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic will provide communist-era secret police documents related to Slovak citizens to Slovakia, according to an agreement between the Czech Republic's Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Security Forces Archive and Slovakia's Nation's Memory Institute, signed in the Slovak capital on Wednesday.

Prague | Radio Prague

Some 228 different species have reproduced at Prague Zoo this year, which is a record. Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, the zoo's director, Miroslav Bobek, said a total of 1,227 young had been born at the institution since the start of 2014.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech cabinet on Monday reaffirmed its full support for EU sanctions against Russia. A Foreign Ministry report concluded that the sanctions were having a tangible effect on the Russian economy and should remain in place until Russia changed its stance on Ukraine.

National | Radio Prague

It will cost the state up to CZK 20 million to put a munitions depot at the village of Květná into operation, the minister of defence, Martin Stropnický, said on Tuesday after visiting the site, which is north of Brno.

National | Radio Prague

A Prague state prosecutor has filed charges against 16 people over the illegal trade in rhinoceros horns. The group – who could face up to eight years in jail – are suspected of operating in the Czech Republic, Vietnam and South Africa.

National | Radio Prague

The Astronomical Institute of the Czech Republic has asked members of the public for help in looking for parts of a meteor, classified as a bolide, which lit up the evening sky over the region of Česko-Moravská Vysočina last Tuesday.

National | Radio Prague

Influential businessman Ivo Rittig has lost an appeal against a court ruling that the minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, does not have to apologise to him for calling him a robber.

National | Radio Prague

A Czech delegation headed by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Industry and Trade Jan Mládek headed for a summit of central and eastern European countries as well as China in Belgrade was delayed on Monday evening when the government A319 suffered technical problems and was grounded.

National | Radio Prague

The main impact of EU sanctions against Russia can be expected in the course of 2015, but a tangible change in Moscow's attitude will take much longer, the Czech Foreign Ministry has said in a report which was discussed by the Czech cabinet on Monday.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnický paid a morale-boosting visit to Czech troops in Afghanistan on Sunday ahead of the Christmas holidays. Although NATO's ISAF mission in the country is slowly drawing to an end, the Czech contingent will remain to serve in NATO's non-combat operation Resolute Support.

National | Radio Prague

Otakar Van Gemund was questioned by the police – and subsequently detained for two hours – while on his way to demonstrate against President Miloš Zeman in Prague on November 17.

National | Radio Prague

Meteorologists have said they expect mild weather conditions on Thursday and Friday, prompting some ski hill operators to delay using snowmaking machines ahead of the weekend, according to reports.

National | Radio Prague

Police have remanded in custody a man suspected of killing a former classmate in Brno last week. The murder took place overran argument about CZK 500 crowns - part of a loan the suspect opted not to return to the victim but wanted to save for the weekend, Czech website iDnes writes.

Prague | Radio Prague

If extreme cold strikes the Czech capital this winter, Prague's City Hall could ask the transit authority Dopravní podnik, to allow those with nowhere to go to spend the night in entrance vestibules in the city's metro, news website aktualne.cz reports.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic's European Commissioner Věra Jourová will meet with the cabinet of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka quarterly to drum up support for initiatives as well as to fill in the government on the latest developments in Brussels.