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Czech Republic's lower house rejects marriage for same-sex couples but allows limited adoptions

Feb. 28, 2024 12:18 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of Parliament in the Czech Republic on Wednesday rejected same-sex marriage while affirming existing unions called partnerships for gay couples. The new legislation, passed in a 123-36 vote, also doesn't allow same-sex couples to adopt children aside...

Germany and Poland say they're not sending troops to Ukraine as the Kremlin warns of a wider war

Feb. 27, 2024 19:10 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European military heavyweights Germany and Poland affirmed Tuesday that they would not be sending troops to Ukraine, after reports that some Western countries may be considering doing so as the war with Russia enters its third year. The head of NATO also said the...

Deep divisions on Russia's war in Ukraine were evident at a meeting of 4 Central European countries

Feb. 27, 2024 10:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Four Central European countries are deeply divided over the Russian war against Ukraine and how to resolve the conflict, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said on Tuesday. The four post-communist countries form an informal...

Third suspect in plot to kill Iranian American author on US soil extradited to face charges

Feb. 21, 2024 16:48 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suspect charged in a plot to kill an Iranian American author and activist has been extradited from the Czech Republic to face charges, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Polad Omarov was arrested by Czech officials in January 2023, when charges were...

France and Ukraine to sign a security agreement in Paris in the presence of President Zelenskyy

Feb. 15, 2024 12:54 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will sign a bilateral security agreement with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Friday in Paris to provide “long-term support” to the war-ravaged country which has been battling Russia's full-scale invasion for nearly two years. ...

Former Czech Prime Minister Babis acquitted again in a $2 million fraud case

Feb. 14, 2024 10:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A Prague court on Wednesday acquitted for the second time former Prime Minister Andrej Babis of fraud charges in a $2 million case involving European Union subsidies. Babis had pleaded not guilty and repeatedly said the charges against him were politically motivated....

Former Czech leader Babis loses final appeal over collaboration with communist-era secret police

Feb. 07, 2024 09:48 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Former Czech populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis lost his final appeal in Slovakia Wednesday in a case concerning allegations that he collaborated with communist-era secret police in what was then Czechoslovakia. Babis, who was born in Slovakia, was suing the...

Czech government now seeks to build up to 4 nuclear reactors instead 1 to reduce price

Jan. 31, 2024 10:35 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government said Wednesday it plans to build up to four nuclear reactors instead of one as the country tries to become more energy independent and wean itself off fossil fuels. Prime Minister Petr Fiala said the decision to seek more reactors could reduce the...

Czech government signs a deal with the US to acquire 24 F-35 fighter jets

Jan. 29, 2024 06:59 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s government signed an agreement with the United States on Monday to acquire 24 U.S. F-35 fighter jets as part of a deal worth about 150 billion Czech koruna ($6.6 billion), the biggest single purchase for the Czech military. Czech Defense...

Today in History: January 26, Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna and 7 others die in helicopter crash

Jan. 26, 2024 18:40 PM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2024 There are 340 days left in the year. Today in History: On Jan. 26, 2020, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed when their helicopter plunged...