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Prague, March 15 (CTK) – The Czech police detained in the night two foreigners suspected of a shooting incident in a public transport bus in Prague-Smichov on Tuesday, Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said on Thursday. The police were searching for them after the incident. They are suspected of causing severe bodily harm. The police are investigating the shooting incident as breach of the peace. A 51-year-old Czech man was shooting from a gas pistol. He was detained on the spot on Tuesday afternoon. The shooting incident was probably caused by a skirmish between three foreigners aboard a bus in the Smichov neighbourhood. The police caught the suspected shooter but the two other men escaped.Continue Reading

The stormy six-month boat-rocking Czech presidency of the European Union is at an end. Many – among the 27 nation bloc – are likely to be breathing huge sighs of relief. The former Czech prime minister Mirek Topolánek, whose centre-right cabinet was toppled in a no confidence motion at the end of March, has described the presidency as a “wasted opportunity”.Continue Reading

A deal reached between the Czech Republic, Ireland and the UK cleared the way to agreement on assurances for voters that Irish policy on matters like military neutrality and abortion will not be affected by the treaty. The guarantees given to Ireland at last week’s meeting of Europe’s leaders in Brussels, the final summit of the Czech Republic’s six-month EU presidency, will not affect the ratification of Lisbon in other EU states.Continue Reading