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Czechs approve help for Afghan interpreters, families

Jul. 30, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Friday approved a program of help for Afghans who worked with Czech troops during their deployment in NATO missions. Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said the help meant for Afghan interpreters and their families includes their...

Czechs want Russia to pay for damages from 2014 blast

Jun. 28, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Foreign Ministry summoned Russia's ambassador to Prague on Monday to request full compensation for damages from a huge ammunition depot explosion allegedly caused by Russian spies. The ministry said deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek handed...

Europe's human rights body seeks probe into Czech Roma death

Jun. 23, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Europe’s main human rights body on Wednesday demanded a thorough and independent investigation into the death of a Roma man who died after a Czech police officer responding to a call over an altercation knelt on his neck. Police say the man's death last...

EU court: Czechs want Poland fined for ignoring mine ban

Jun. 15, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top court said Tuesday that the Czech Republic is pressing for Poland to be fined 5 million euros ($6 million) for every day it ignores the court’s order last month to immediately shut a lignite mine near the two countries' border. ...

Czech bill to compensate forcibly sterilized Roma passes

Jun. 04, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of the Czech Parliament approved legislation on Friday to compensate Roma women who were sterilized against their will. Human rights groups believe hundreds of Roma women were sterilized without their informed consent. Up to 400 women are...

Czech coalition government survives no-confidence vote

Jun. 03, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis survived on Thursday a no-confidence vote in Parliament over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Five opposition parties also requested the vote as prosecutors are looking...

Czech police call for premier's indictment in fraud case

May. 31, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police recommended again on Monday that Prime Minister Andrej Babis should be indicted over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. Prague’s prosecution office said it has received the results of the updated police investigation into...

4th Czech health minister resigns since start of pandemic

May. 25, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic on Tuesday lost its fourth health minister since the coronavirus pandemic struck last year. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the current office-holder Petr Arenberger called him in Brussels, where Babis is attending a summit of...

Polish, Czech leaders seek to resolve coal mine dispute

May. 25, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The government leaders of Poland and the neighboring Czech Republic held intensive talks Tuesday in an attempt to solve a years-long dispute that resurfaced recently over a Polish coal mine . The Czech government says the brown coal Turow mine,...

Poland defies EU court ruling to close major lignite mine

May. 24, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government on Monday defied an injunction by the top European Union court that ordered the immediate closure of a major brown coal mine, with officials saying it would shake the nation’s energy system and lead to the layoff of thousands of employees. ...