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Czechs to let some workers stay on after testing positive

Jan. 14, 2022 13:28 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech government will allow some workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to stay on the job, in an extraordinary measure to ease possible staff shortages caused by an anticipated surge of the omicron variant. Health Minister Vlastimil Valek said...

Olympic champion Ledecka leads Czech team at Beijing Games

Jan. 14, 2022 11:33 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Ester Ledecka will spearhead a record number of Czech athletes at the Winter Games in Beijing. Ledecka made history at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games by becoming the first person to win gold medals in both skiing and snowboarding, claiming the...

New Czech governing coalition wins confidence vote

Jan. 13, 2022 14:30 PM EST

The Czech Republic's new government won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament on Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic and soaring inflation presenting its immediate policy challenges. Lawmakers voted 106-87 in favor of the conservative-led government, in the...

U.S., Canada women eager to resume fierce hockey rivalry

Jan. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EST

Forward Brianna Decker was unable to contain her enthusiasm in being selected to represent the United States in hockey for a third Olympics. She then bluntly declared the team’s one and only objective heading to the Beijing Games next month. “Our business isn’t finished until...

Polish official fired after calling Holocaust law 'stupid'

Jan. 10, 2022 07:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish diplomat charged with improving contacts with Jews worldwide has been fired after he criticized his own government's approach to regulating Holocaust speech, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. Jaroslaw Nowak, the plenipotentiary for contacts with the...

Thousands rally in Prague against vaccination mandate

Jan. 09, 2022 11:40 AM EST

Thousands of people marched through the Czech Republic's capital on Sunday to protest against compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for certain groups and professions. The protesters gathered at Wenceslas Square in central Prague to question the effectiveness of the current vaccines and...

Poland recalls ambassador to Prague over coal mine comments

Jan. 07, 2022 09:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is recalling its new ambassador to Prague after he criticized the country’s approach to a dispute with the Czech Republic over a state-run coal mine. Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller wrote on Twitter late Thursday that the ambassador's...

Czech Republic to end coal use by 2033, boost nuclear power

Jan. 07, 2022 09:05 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech government aims to phase out coal in energy production by 2033 while increasing the country's reliance on nuclear and renewable sources, its policy program published on Friday said. Coal-fired power plants currently generate almost 50% of total Czech...

Czechs shorten COVID isolation, quarantine, due to omicron

Jan. 05, 2022 10:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government decided on Wednesday to cut isolation restrictions for those testing positive for COVID-19 from 14 to five days, and also similarly shortened quarantine time for close contacts of infected people. The measure will become effective Jan. 11, Health...

Russian, Czech junior hockey teams removed from plane

Jan. 01, 2022 20:36 PM EST

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Members of the Russian and Czech Republic world junior hockey teams were removed from a New Year’s Eve flight from Calgary to Frankfurt, Germany, with fellow passengers saying the Russian squad caused a disturbance by smoking and refusing to wear masks. ...