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FILE --- In this Nov. 14, 2018 photo the chairman of the Czech senate, Jaroslav Kubera, speaks during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The upper house of Czech parliament's chairman and  long-term mayor of Teplice, North Bohemia, died at the age of 72 years. (Vit Simanek/CTK via AP, file)

Jaroslav Kubera, speaker of Czech Senate, dies at 72

Jan. 20, 2020 8:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Jaroslav Kubera, speaker of the upper house of the Czech Parliament, has died. He was 72. The Senate said in a brief statement Kubera died on Monday due to unspecified health problems. Kubera was a member of the opposition, conservative Civic Democratic Party. He was known for his views...

Firefighters stand in front of a house, where eight people with mental and combined impairment were died and another three were seriously injured in the fire on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Vejprty, Czech Republic. (Slavomir Kubes/CTK via AP) ** SLOVAKIA OUT **

Fire at Czech asylum for mentally ill kills 8 patients

Jan. 19, 2020 6:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A fire swept through a Czech asylum for the mentally ill on Sunday, killing eight male patients, officials said. Prokop Volenik, spokesman for the regional rescue service, said the fire in the northwestern town of Vejprty broke out early Sunday before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT). The town is on the...

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for a joint press conference with Prime Ministers of the V4 after their meeting at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Austria against use of EU funding to support nuclear energy

Jan. 16, 2020 9:13 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told his counterparts from four central European countries on Thursday that Austria is not ready to accept European Union funding of their nuclear energy projects. After meeting the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in...

Shanghai breaks ties with Prague over Taiwan feud

Jan. 14, 2020 4:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai ended all official relations with the city of Prague on Tuesday after the Czech capital chose to partner with Taipei instead of Beijing. The foreign affairs office of the Shanghai municipal government snapped that they “strongly condemn (Prague's decision) and solemnly...

Mayor of Prague Zdenek Hrib, right, and Taipei city mayor Ko Wen-je display a partnership agreement between the two cities at at the Old Town City Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The signing comes three months after Prague revoked a similar sister-city agreement with Beijing, an action that angered China. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague inks partnership with Taipei after snubbing Beijing

Jan. 13, 2020 9:53 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech capital, Prague, on Monday signed a partnership agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei - three months after canceling a similar deal with Beijing and angering the Chinese government. The disagreement over Beijing began after the Chinese insisted on having a clause in the deal...

People hold placards calling for the resignation of Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, as thousands of demonstrators gather to demand his resignation at the Wenceslas square in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Babis faces legations that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, though he denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Thousands march to demand Czech prime minister's resignation

Dec. 17, 2019 1:13 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of people marched through the Czech capital Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign in a renewed wave of protests against the populist billionaire. The march came a week after another protest rally in Prague and demonstrations in towns across the country on Monday. ...

EU leaders include nuclear energy in green transition

Dec. 13, 2019 11:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Friday that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc's solution to making its economy carbon neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries. EU heads of state and government agreed that nuclear energy will be recognized as a...

In this picture taken on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, tourists enjoy a view of the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Prague has approved a plan to sign a partnership agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. Mayor Zdenek Hrib said it focuses on economic, trade and cultural cooperation but not on politics. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague to ink partnership with Taipei after snubbing Beijing

Dec. 12, 2019 9:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The city of Prague, the Czech capital, approved Thursday a partnership agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. The move comes two months after Prague revoked a similar sister-city agreement with Beijing, an action that angered China. Prague took the action because Beijing rejected a...

Several thousands demonstrators gather to demand the resignation of Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, at the Wenceslas square in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Babis faces legations that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, though he denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Tens of thousands of Czechs call on prime minister to resign

Dec. 10, 2019 1:57 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Czechs returned to the streets of Prague on Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. The protest at the central Wenceslas Square and a march followed two huge rallies earlier this year when a quarter of a million people demanded that Babis step down in the...

Hospital staff outside the Ostrava Teaching Hospital after a shooting incident in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Police and officials say six people have been killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic. Two others are seriously injured. (Jaroslav Ozana/CTK via AP)

Man kills 6 in Czech Republic with illegal gun, wounds 3

Dec. 10, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A man with an illegal gun fatally shot six people and wounded three others at a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic on Tuesday, the prime minister and officials said. The gunman later killed himself as police approached his car. Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the...