Latest Prague News

Czechs use anniversary of Velvet Revolution to pressure PM

Nov. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — About a quarter of a million Czechs gathered on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to decades of communist rule in the country to give Prime Minister Andrej Babis an ultimatum — sell your business or quit your job. Protesters from across the Czech...

Prague museum displays totalitarian-era surveillance tech

Nov. 16, 2019 3:39 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Iron Curtain was more than just a figure of speech: Communist regimes set up thousands of miles of heavily-guarded, electrified barbed wire fencing to completely isolate Eastern Europe from the West. That still didn’t stop many from desperately attempting to flee the totalitarian...

Slovak man convicted, sentenced after explosives found

Nov. 15, 2019 7:41 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A court in the Czech Republic has convicted a Slovak national of public endangerment and promoting terrorism and sentenced him to six-and-a-half years in prison. Two years ago, police seized chemicals that can be used to make explosives and videos on how to make them in Dominik...

Prague international airport plans $2.4 billion expansion

Nov. 13, 2019 7:16 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech prime minister says the state-run Prague international airport is set to expand to meet growing demand. Andrej Babis said Wednesday the Vaclav Havel Airport is planning to expand its Terminal 2, which currently serves flights to the visa-free Schengen zone countries, and will build...

Kucherov scores, Lightning top Sabres 3-2 in Sweden

Nov. 8, 2019 6:28 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nikita Kucherov got the Tampa Bay Lightning off to a fast start in Sweden. Kucherov scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves to help Tampa Bay beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday night in the first of their two regular-season games in the Swedish capital. The sold-out games at...

Bettman: NHL set to return to Europe

Nov. 8, 2019 2:49 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL plans to return to Europe for games in the next two years. Citing huge demand, Bettman said on Friday that the Boston Bruins and the Nashville Predators will open the regular season next year with a game in Prague. The Colorado Avalanche and the...

Hedman hopes to play for Tampa Bay against Sabres in Sweden

Nov. 7, 2019 3:40 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Victor Hedman has ample motivation to get his banged-up body ready for a regular season game that feels different from any he's played before. Hedman was racing against the clock to recover from a lower-body injury in time not to miss a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play NHL...

Lionel Messi and Liverpool shine in the Champions League

Oct. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday. Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage's midpoint. Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak...

Police detain 31 fans ahead of Czech-England qualifier

Oct. 11, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Police detained 31 soccer fans before the 2020 European Championship qualifier between host Czech Republic and England in the Czech capital on Friday. Police spokesman Jan Danek said fans of both teams were among those detained after police intervened following incidents in two bars in...

Czechs pay last respect to pop singer Karel Gott

Oct. 11, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs are paying their last respects to Karel Gott, the country's most popular pop singer who died last week. Thousands of mourners are queuing in a long line to pay tribute and lay flowers at his casket, which is on display Friday at the Zofin palace on an island in downtown Prague. Gott...