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An ammunition blast in a Czech military area kills 1 service member, injures 8 other people

Jun. 17, 2024 10:29 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — An ammunition explosion in a military training area in the Czech Republic killed one service member and injured eight other people, including one civilian, the Defense Ministry said Monday. The accident took place in Libava, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of...

Russia suspected of being behind a recent failed arson attack in Prague, Czech prime minister says

Jun. 10, 2024 13:40 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech authorities suspect that Russia may have been behind last week’s attempt to set Prague public transport buses on fire, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said Monday. A 26-year-old suspect was arrested Saturday and charged with terrorism in connection with Thursday's...

Irish and Czech voters go to the polls on Day 2 of EU elections as the far right seeks more power

Jun. 07, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Voters in Ireland and the Czech Republic, two countries where immigration was a key issue on the campaign trail, took to the polls on Friday, the second day of the balloting for the European Parliament. A surge of the far-right across the 27-nation bloc was likely to emerge from...

At least 4 people killed, 27 injured when trains collide in the Czech Republic, officials say

Jun. 06, 2024 17:14 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing at least four people and injuring 27 others, officials said Thursday. Interior Minister Vít Rakušan said the crash took place late Wednesday night in the city of Pardubice, about...

NATO ministers meet in Prague as allies ease restrictions on Ukraine's use of their weapons

May. 31, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — NATO foreign ministers were meeting in the Czech capital Friday to prepare for this summer’s leaders’ summit as the alliance boosts support for Ukraine and countries one-by-one remove restrictions on how Kyiv can use western-supplied weaponry to combat Russia’s invasion. ...

Blinken will head to eastern Europe as concerns mount about Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

May. 24, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to eastern Europe next week as concerns mount about Russia’s advances in Ukraine, potential Russian interference in neighboring Moldova and pro-Moscow legislation being promoted in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the State...

Czech President Petr Pavel injured lightly while driving his motorcycle, his office says

May. 23, 2024 15:21 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Petr Pavel was injured on Thursday while driving his motorcycle and is at a military hospital for observation, the presidential office said. It stressed that his injuries are light and that he is not undergoing any treatment at the military hospital...

Slovakia’s prime minister is expected to survive assassination attempt, deputy says

May. 16, 2024 01:56 AM EDT

BANSKA BYSTRICA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times and gravely wounded Wednesday, but his deputy prime minister said he believed Fico would survive. The prime minister had been greeting supporters at an event when the attempted...

Slovakia plans to build a new nuclear reactor

May. 15, 2024 06:54 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government approved a plan on Wednesday to build another nuclear reactor in a country that relies heavily on nuclear electricity generation. The new reactor, with an expected output of 1,200 megawatts, is to be built at the Jaslovske...

Polish prosecutors open investigation into judge who fled to autocratic Belarus

May. 06, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors opened an investigation Monday after a Polish judge fled to the autocratic state of Belarus and asked for protection there. The National Prosecutor’s Office said it is looking into suspicions the judge had acted on behalf of a foreign...