Latest Czech Republic News

Czech bullet train collides with engine, 1 dead, 5 injured

Jun. 27, 2022 05:29 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A bullet train collided with an engine in a train station in northeastern Czech Republic Monday, killing one person and injuring five. Czech Railways said the accident took place early in the morning in the town of Bohumin, shortly after the departure of the Pendolino...

Airport chaos: European travel runs into pandemic cutbacks

Jun. 24, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It’s going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe. Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens, finding the line for security snaking out of the...

Czech central bank raises key rate again to tackle inflation

Jun. 22, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s central bank once again raised its key interest rate significantly Wednesday as it tried to combat soaring inflation. The hike of a percentage point and a quarter brought the interest rate to 7%, the highest level since early 1999. It was the...

Russia's war on Ukraine will shape the Czech EU presidency

Jun. 15, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia's invasion of Ukraine and what Europe must do to counter the consequences of that have become the key task for the Czech Republic’s upcoming presidency of the 27-nation European Union. The Czech Republic’s motto for the six-month presidency, which it takes...

Former Czech PM loses case on secret police collaborating

Jun. 14, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis against allegations that he collaborated with Czechoslovakia’s communist-era secret police. The Slovak-born Babis was suing Slovakia’s Institute of the Nation’s...

Czechs seize record amount of cocaine in banana shipment

Jun. 10, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A record amount of cocaine was seized in a shipment for supermarkets in the Czech Republic, police said Friday. They said 840 kilograms (1,852 pounds) of cocaine were discovered in cardboard boxes with bananas by employees in supermarkets in northern towns of Jicin...

Czech president Milos Zeman vows to block same-sex marriages

Jun. 07, 2022 10:19 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman said Tuesday that he is ready to veto, if it's approved by parliament, proposed legislation that would give same-sex couples in the country the right to hold civil weddings. The bill drafted by lawmakers from across the political spectrum...

Fire at Czech Alzheimer home kills 2, over 50 injured

Jun. 02, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A massive fire in a nursing home for Alzheimer patients in the Czech Republic has left two people dead and injured more than 50 others, officials said on Thursday. The regional rescue service said the bodies of the two patients were discovered in the badly damaged...

Over 50 injured in fire at Alzheimer home in Czech Republic

Jun. 01, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A fire broke out Wednesday evening at a nursing home that takes care of people suffering from Alzheimer disease in the Czech Republic, injuring more than 50. The regional rescue service said ladders were used to evacuated 56 patients from the home in Roztoky, a town...

Live updates | Zelenskyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis

May. 30, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraineian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian blockade of Ukrainian sea ports prevents Kyiv from exporting 22 million tons of grain. In his nightly address Monday, Zelenskyy said the result is the threat of famine in countries dependent on the grain and...