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Czech farmers take tractors to Prague in a protest over EU agriculture policies

Feb. 19, 2024 10:59 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of tractors blocked a lane in downtown Prague in a farmers protest Monday over European Union agriculture policies and what they said were unfair practises. Major organizations representing Czech farmers didn’t participate and distanced themselves from the...

As the Penguins retire his jersey, Jagr at 52 is still going strong on his Czech hometown team

Feb. 15, 2024 23:43 PM EST

KLADNO, Czech Republic (AP) — The legendary mullet is gone. He’s not as quick as he used to be. And yet the way Jaromir Jagr moves on the ice belies his age and evokes memories of his glory days in the NHL. Strong on the puck, tough to beat by the boards, precise in his passing...

Former Czech Prime Minister Babis acquitted again in a $2 million fraud case

Feb. 14, 2024 10:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A Prague court on Wednesday acquitted for the second time former Prime Minister Andrej Babis of fraud charges in a $2 million case involving European Union subsidies. Babis had pleaded not guilty and repeatedly said the charges against him were politically motivated....

Russian court extends detention of Russian-US journalist

Feb. 01, 2024 12:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday ordered a detained Russian-American journalist to be held in jail for two more months pending trial in a case widely seen as part of the Kremlin's unrelenting crackdown on dissent and free speech. Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S....

Czech lower house approves tougher gun law after nation's worst mass shooting. Next stop Senate

Jan. 26, 2024 08:35 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament's lower house on Friday approved an amendment to the country’s gun law that tightens requirements for owning a weapon more than a month after the worst mass killing in the nation’s history. The legislation now goes before the Senate and if...

A fast train and a truck collide in eastern Czech Republic, killing 1 and injuring 19 people

Jan. 24, 2024 05:34 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A fast train collided with a truck in eastern Czech Republic on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least 19 people, officials said. The Czech Railways said the driver of the train was killed and that the injured have been transported to nearby hospitals...

A rare male pygmy hippo born in a Czech zoo debuts his first photoshoot

Jan. 15, 2024 07:30 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A rare male pygmy hippopotamus born in a Czech zoo debuted his first photoshoot on Monday to the delight of spectators. He is considered a valuable addition to the conservation efforts of the endangered species. Born in December, the hippo was named Mikolas and has...

František Janouch, a Czech nuclear physicist who supported dissidents from Sweden, dies at age 92

Jan. 12, 2024 11:04 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — František Janouch, a Czech nuclear physicist who set up a foundation in Sweden while in exile to support the dissident movement in his communist homeland at the time, has died. He was 92. The Charter 77 Foundation said Janouch died on Friday morning in Sweden's...

Students march in Prague to honor the victims of the worst mass killing in Czech history

Jan. 04, 2024 09:55 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of students and other Czechs marched in silence in the Czech capital on Thursday to honor the victims of the country’s worst mass killing two weeks ago that left 14 dead. The march started at an impromptu memorial in front of Prague’s Charles University...

Czech Republic marks a day of mourning for the victims of its worst mass killing

Dec. 23, 2023 11:52 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic came to a standstill at noon Saturday as people across the country observed a minute of silence for the victims of its worst mass killing that left 14 dead and questions about the shooter's motive. National flags on public buildings flew at...