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Czech Republic's lower house rejects marriage for same-sex couples but allows limited adoptions

Feb. 28, 2024 12:18 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of Parliament in the Czech Republic on Wednesday rejected same-sex marriage while affirming existing unions called partnerships for gay couples. The new legislation, passed in a 123-36 vote, also doesn't allow same-sex couples to adopt children aside...

Deep divisions on Russia's war in Ukraine were evident at a meeting of 4 Central European countries

Feb. 27, 2024 10:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Four Central European countries are deeply divided over the Russian war against Ukraine and how to resolve the conflict, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said on Tuesday. The four post-communist countries form an informal...

Czech central bank cuts interest rates for the second straight time to help economy

Feb. 08, 2024 09:10 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s central bank cut its key interest rate for the second straight time Thursday in an effort to help the struggling economy. The cut by a half-percentage point brought the interest rate down to 6.25%. The bank also trimmed borrowing costs by a...

Czech government now seeks to build up to 4 nuclear reactors instead 1 to reduce price

Jan. 31, 2024 10:35 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government said Wednesday it plans to build up to four nuclear reactors instead of one as the country tries to become more energy independent and wean itself off fossil fuels. Prime Minister Petr Fiala said the decision to seek more reactors could reduce the...

Czech government signs a deal with the US to acquire 24 F-35 fighter jets

Jan. 29, 2024 06:59 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s government signed an agreement with the United States on Monday to acquire 24 U.S. F-35 fighter jets as part of a deal worth about 150 billion Czech koruna ($6.6 billion), the biggest single purchase for the Czech military. Czech Defense...

Rangers' Filip Chytil is out for the season after an injury setback

Jan. 28, 2024 17:24 PM EST

New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil will miss the rest of the NHL season after experiencing an injury setback. Chytil, 24, has not played since early November because of suspected concussion issues that led him to go home to his native Czechia to skate with Jaromir Jagr, among...

Today in History: January 26, Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna and 7 others die in helicopter crash

Jan. 26, 2024 18:40 PM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2024 There are 340 days left in the year. Today in History: On Jan. 26, 2020, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed when their helicopter plunged...

Czech lawmakers reject international women's rights treaty

Jan. 25, 2024 05:27 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers have voted against ratifying an international treaty on women's rights. Only 34 of the 71 Senators present in the upper house of the Czech Parliament late Wednesday voted in favor of the treaty known as the Istanbul Convention. The result was two votes...

US advances to world junior semifinals. Canada gets knocked out by Czech Republic

Jan. 02, 2024 17:36 PM EST

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Gabe Perreault scored twice and five other players had a goal as the U.S. routed Latvia 7-2 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the IIHF world junior championship. Perreault, the New York Rangers' 2023 first-round pick, also had an assist as part of a...

US outlasts Czech Republic in 4-3 shootout at world juniors; Sweden beats Canada 2-0 in showdown

Dec. 29, 2023 19:45 PM EST

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Isaac Howard opened the scoring and added the shootout winner as the United States outlasted the Czech Republic 4-3 on Friday at the world junior hockey championship, while Sweden beat Canada 2-0 for its third straight shutout. Howard beat Michael Hrabal...