Latest Czech Republic News

Czechs reject mandatory quotas on local food in stores

Apr. 13, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers have rejected a proposed bill to reduce dependency on food imports by imposing a quota of locally-produced food to be sold in supermarkets. Lawmakers in the upper house, or the Senate, dismissed the bill last month. It would have required...

Czech foreign minister fired in government reshuffle

Apr. 12, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Republic’s foreign minister was fired Monday in a government reshuffle less than six months before the parliamentary election. The move came after Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek failed to beat Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who was reelected as...

Czechs start to ease lockdown, youngest kids back to schools

Apr. 12, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic eases up in the Czech Republic, one of the European Union’s hardest-hit countries took its first steps on Monday toward easing of its tight lockdown. Health experts, however, warned that the relaxation was going too far as...

Czechs partially ease lockdown; kids to return to school

Apr. 07, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Tuesday approved the first easing of its tight lockdown in one of the European Union's hardest-hit countries, allowing at least some children to return to school. “It’s not a full relaxation,” Health Minister Jan Blatny said....

3rd health minister fired in virus-battered Czech Republic

Apr. 07, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis fired his health minister on Wednesday, the third to have been ousted during the pandemic in one of Europe's hardest-hit countries. Jan Blatny was replaced by Petr Arenberger, the director of Prague’s University Hospital...

AP PHOTOS: Czechs hold noisy Easter procession amid pandemic

Apr. 02, 2021 05:28 AM EDT

CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — A revival of an old Easter tradition has gone ahead in southern Czech Republic amid tight coronavirus restrictions. After the pandemic prevented it from happening a year ago, a procession of participants in black suits with white...

Czech billionaire among 5 killed in Alaska helicopter crash

Mar. 29, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A helicopter carrying guides and guests on a heli-skiing excursion north of Anchorage slammed into a mountain and then rolled downhill hundreds of feet, killing the pilot and four of the five passengers, officials said Monday. Among the dead in...

Tributes paid to Czech billionaire killed in chopper crash

Mar. 29, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Politicians and friends in the Czech Republic have paid tribute to Petr Kellner, the country's richest man, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He was 56. Kellner was one of five people, including the pilot, who died in the accident on...

Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims

Mar. 28, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

PELHRIMOV, Czech Republic (AP) — A year after the Czech Republic recorded its first death from the coronavirus, the central European nation paused to remember all the citizens who lost their lives in the pandemic. By the end of the day, the number had surpassed 25,000. ...

The Latest: Navajo Nation extends "safer at home" order

Mar. 27, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open...