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Czechs pick successor to Milos Zeman in presidential runoff

Jan. 27, 2023 11:15 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs started voting Friday for a new president, choosing between a retired army general and a populist billionaire in a two-day runoff election to succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial post. Gen. Petr Pavel and Andrej Babis, who is a...

Pavel edges Babis in first round of Czech presidential vote

Jan. 14, 2023 12:41 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Retired army Gen. Petr Pavel narrowly defeated populist billionaire Andrej Babis in the first round of the Czech presidential election to set up a runoff vote between the political newcomer and the former prime minister. Pavel and Babis advanced to a second round of...

Czechs picking successor to Milos Zeman in presidential vote

Jan. 13, 2023 10:03 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs have started voting for a new president, with populist billionaire Andrej Babis leading a field of eight candidates in a two-day election to succeed Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial post. Babis, a former prime minister, was acquitted this week in a fraud...

Review: Janet Malcolm’s quasi-memoir on pictures and memory

Jan. 09, 2023 09:31 AM EST

“Still Pictures: On Photography and Memory,” by Janet Malcolm (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) When Janet Malcolm died 18 months ago at 86, her New Yorker colleague Ian Frazier wrote a eulogy for the magazine noting that the famed and feared journalist had been working on a series of...

Czech ex-Premier Babis acquitted in EU funds fraud case

Jan. 09, 2023 07:04 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A Prague court on Monday acquitted former Prime Minister Andrej Babis of fraud charges in a $2 million case involving European Union subsidies. A prosecutor requested a three-year suspended sentence and a fine of 10 million Czech koruna ($440,000) for the populist...

Czech museum to return original Beethoven score to heirs

Dec. 03, 2022 02:30 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A musical manuscript handwritten by Ludwig van Beethoven is getting returned to the heirs of the richest family in pre-World War II Czechoslovakia, whose members had to flee the country to escape the Holocaust. The Moravian Museum in the Czech city of Brno has had the...

Tens of thousands of Czechs show their support for Ukraine

Oct. 30, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Czechs gathered in the capital on Sunday to demonstrate their solidarity with Ukraine and their support for democratic values. The rally took place in reaction to three recent anti-government demonstrations where other protesters demanded the...