Monday, 20 November 2017
National | ČTK

Imposing tax on the financial compensation for churches within their property restitution, as hinted at by ANO movement leader Andrej Babis last week, is prevented by the related agreements between the state and churches, Senate Chairman Milan Stech (Czech Social Democrats, CSSD) said on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Prague police have cleared up a murder committed 33 years ago thanks to a palm imprint, but the perpetrator, who has confessed to the crime, cannot be punished as the case falls under the statute of limitations, police spokesman Jan Danek said in a press release on Wednesday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The Czech Republic attracted attention to the problem of child detentions and defended children's rights in this way during its six-month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Association for International Affairs (AMO) analysts told CTK.

National | ČTK

The Czech diplomacy will donate 180 million crowns for humanitarian aid in 2018, which is 23 million more than this year, according to the Foreign Ministry's 2018 strategy for humanitarian aid released on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Pope Francis met a Czech delegation, including Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová and Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka and promoting Prague's bid for hosting the World Youth Days in 2022, during the papal audience on Wednesday.

Politics | ČTK

The formation of the Democratic Bloc by four Czech right-wing and centrist parties in the Chamber of Deputies is an effort to defend the system of traditional parties, ANO leader Andrej Babis told CTK in reaction to the Bloc's creation on Wednesday.

Politics | ČTK

The constituent session of the lower house of Czech parliament that opens on Monday will last at least three days, MP Martin Kolovratnik (ANO), who was elected head of the lower house electoral commission on Wednesday, told CTK.

National | ČTK

A better awareness of the roots of European culture, its diversity and specific national features is the aim of the 2018 European Cultural Heritage Year project whose Czech programme was launched by Culture Minister Daniel Herman on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Ruth Bondy, an Israeli writer and translator of Czech literature into Hebrew and a Holocaust survivor of Czech origin, died at the age of 94 in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Tuesday, the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities writes in its online press and information service on Wednesday.

Politics | ČTK

Neither the Czech Pirates nor the Social Democrats (CSSD) will join the Democratic Bloc that four rightist and centrist parties founded on Wednesday to act jointly in the new lower house, the Pirates and the CSSD have told media, each presenting its own reasons for shunning the project.

National | ČTK

President Miloš Zeman will meet Pm Dmitry Medvedev and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev during his visit to Russia next week, his spokesman said. On Tuesday, Zeman is scheduled to meet Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The Czech president will be accompanied by representatives of 129 Czech firms, the biggest Czech business delegation going abroad in the past 25 years, according to the Czech Confederation of Industry.

Prague | Prague TV

November 17 is now a national holiday called Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, marking both the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and student demonstration against the German occupation in 1939. The biggest commemoration of the day in Prague is at Národní třída and náměstí Václava Havla, where the street and square will be closed off all day.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Twenty-three EU member states, including the Czech Republic, have signed up to a European pact on defence cooperation called Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation). The deal, to be formally launched in December, is likely to cover everything from troops and arms to new defence projects, with varying input from different countries.

National | Telegraph.co.uk

Six Czech men were arrested in Kazakhstan after they stripped down to neon-green Borat-style "mankinis" in the capital city Astana.

National | ČTK

Czech war veteran Jaroslav Mevald, who suffered serious injuries in an ambush attack in Afghanistan in 2014, suddenly died at the age of 39 on Friday, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický said on Tuesday.