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Czech, Russian envoys fly home amid depot explosion dispute

Apr. 19, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The two Russian military agents believed to be behind a massive Czech depot explosion in 2014 likely targeted the ammunition, not the Czech Republic itself, the country's prime minister and prosecutor general said Monday. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said...

Russia expels Czech diplomats, says Prague took hostile step

Apr. 18, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Sunday ordered 20 Czech diplomats to leave the country within a day in response to the Czech government's expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats it identified as spies for a military intelligence agency that Prague claims was involved in a 2014 ammunition depot explosion....

Czechs expel 18 Russians over huge depot explosion in 2014

Apr. 17, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic announced Saturday that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the move is based on “unequivocal evidence"...

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...

EU and COVID-19: When a vaccine only adds to the trouble

Apr. 11, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders no longer meet around a common oval summit table to broker their famed compromises. Instead, each of the 27 watches the other heads of state or government with suspicion via a video screen that shows a mosaic of faraway capitals. ...

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...

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. ...

Czech state orders students to help at struggling hospitals

Mar. 05, 2021 11:56 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is ordering medical and other university and high school students to help out at hospitals struggling to cope the record numbers of COVID-19 patients, the country's health minister said on Friday, as the country faces a new spike in infections. ...