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3 dead, 48 injured in bus crash near czech capital of prague


prague (ap) — authorities say three people have died after a bus collided with a car near the czech capital.prague firefighters say a total of 48 people were injured in the accident that took place friday near the town of horomerice, just northwest of prague.authorities say the municipal bus veered off the road and into a tree after it was hit by the car. the bus driver, the driver of the car and one bus passenger died in the crash.the prague rescue service says 12 teenagers were among the injured.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






1 killed, 1 injured by blast in czech military facility


prague — the czech defense ministry says an explosion in a military facility in the eastern czech republic has killed one and injured another.it is not immediately clear what caused the blast tuesday morning in an army lodging in the town of vyskov, located some 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of prague.an army base and a military academy are based in the town.the victim and the injured have not been identified.authorities say they don't suspect the explosion to be a terror act or an attack.






czech philharmonic conductor jiri belohlavek dies at 71


prague — the czech philharmonic orchestra says its chief conductor, jiri belohlavek, has died in prague. the 71-year-old musician had suffered an unspecified serious long-term illness, but orchestra spokesman ludek brezina declined to give details.belohlavek was in charge of several czech orchestras, including brno philharmonic, prague symphony orchestra and prague philharmonia.in 2006-2012, he was chief conductor of the bbc symphony orchestra. in 2012, queen elizabeth ii awarded him the honor of commander of the british empire.since 2012, he was chief conductor of the czech philharmonic, the top czech orchestra he also led after the 1989 velvet revolution.he was also guest principal guest conductor of the rotterdam philharmonic orchestra.






at least 18 injured in series of explosions in czech plant


prague — officials say explosions in a czech machinery plant have injured at least 18 people.police spokeswoman hana kaizarova says the first explosion occurred around 11 a.m. (1000 gmt) in a production hall and a number of others followed, making it difficult for rescuers to access the site in the policske strojirny a.s. near the town of policka, some 150 kilometers (95 miles) east of prague.kaizarova says it is not immediately clear what material exploded. she says authorities have not discovered any fatalities.pavel svoboda, the head of the regional rescue service, says at least three rescuers have been injured. authorities have warned the public to avoid the area.






czechs to boost security over easter after attacks in europe


prague — czech authorities are boosting security measures over the easter and passover holidays following a series of recent terror attacks in europe.interior minister milan chovanec says 500 police officers will be deployed in the capital city of prague and elsewhere as a precaution. he says authorities do not have any information suggesting an imminent threat.chovanec said wednesday that armed officers will maintain a presence at easter markets, churches and other places where there are a lot of people.the country's police chief, tomas tuhy, says officials also plan to increase security at prague's international airport and the prague castle, the seat of the czech republic's presidency and one of the city's major tourist attractions.






prison sentence increased for czech who attempted to join is


prague — a prague appeals court has increased a prison sentence to six years for a czech man convicted of an attempt to join islamic state group militants in syria.the regional court in the western city of plzen sentenced jan silovsky to three years and three months in prison in february and ordered him to undergo psychiatric treatment.the 22-year-old silovsky pleaded guilty and expressed regret but appealed.prague's high court upheld the ruling and increased the sentence at the prosecution's request. tuesday's verdict is final.silovsky became the first czech indicted for such a crime. he was arrested last year in turkey at istanbul's international airport and sent back to the czech republic by turkish authorities.during the trial, he said he converted to islam about four years ago.






czech court rules russian man accused of hacking can be extradited to u.s. or ru


prague—a czech court has ruled that a russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at american companies can be extradited either to the u.s. or russia. czech authorities arrested yevgeniy nikulin on oct. 5 in prague in cooperation with the federal bureau of investigation after interpol issued an international warrant. he is accused of hacking computers and stealing information from linkedin corp., dropbox inc. and other...






czech court opens hearing on russian hacker extradition


prague — a russian man who faces charges in the u.s. of hacking computers at american companies is attending an extradition hearing at a prague prison because of security concerns.yevgeniy nikulin's hearing thursday is being held at prague's pankrac prison. the rare measure underlines the sensitivity of the case.czech authorities arrested nikulin in prague on oct. 5 in cooperation with the fbi after interpol issued an international warrant. he is accused of hacking computers and stealing information from linkedin, dropbox and other companies.moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009. russian officials had previously said they were working to prevent his extradition to the u.s.






uber banned in czech republic's 2nd biggest city


prague — a court has banned the ride-sharing service uber from operating in brno, the second largest city in the czech republic.the brno regional court issued the ban after a legal complaint by a taxi company with support from brno city hall.uber, which has been operating in brno since feb. 1, can yet appeal the ruling.in a statement issued tuesday, brno city hall said it is not against mobile applications and new taxi services but they have to be provided in line with the law.uber argues it is not a common taxi company but the court ruled that it is.some of uber's services are banned in other european cities. but the company still operates in the czech capital, prague.






czech court to open hearing on russian hacker extradition


prague — a russian man who faces charges in the united states of hacking computers at american companies is facing an extradition hearing at a prague prison.yevgeniy nikulin's hearing on tuesday is being held at prague's pankrac prison — a rare measure that underlines the sensitivity of the case.the hearing was originally scheduled for may 11 but was delayed due to objections from nikulin's lawyers.czech authorities arrested nikulin in prague on oct. 5 in cooperation with the fbi after interpol issued an international warrant. he is accused of hacking computers and stealing information from linkedin, dropbox and other companies.moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009. russian officials had previously said they were working to prevent his extradition






czech court to rule on russian hacker extradition in prison


prague — czech authorities say an extradition hearing in the case of a russian man who faces charges in the united states of hacking and stealing information from computers at linkedin, dropbox and other u.s. companies will take place next month in a prison.prague municipal court spokeswoman marketa puci says the may 11 hearing will take place at prague's pankrac prison, where yevgeniy nikulin has been in detention, due to security reasons.thursday's announcement underlines the sensitivity of the case.czechs arrested nikulin in prague on oct. 5 in cooperation with the federal bureau of investigation after interpol issued an international warrant.moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.russian officials had previously said they were working to prevent






hearing in prague on russian hacker extradition delayed


prague — an extradition hearing in the czech republic for a russian man who faces charges in the u.s. of hacking computers at american companies has been delayed for procedural reasons.judge jaroslav pytloun delayed the hearing until may 30 due to formal objections from yevgeniy nikulin's defense lawyers.they say nikulin has not received the previous decision of the state prosecutors that he can be extradited to either the united states or russia in russian, and one of the lawyers claimed he was not formally informed that nikulin can be extradited to the united states.thursday's hearing was held at prague's pankrac prison. the rare measure adopted due to security reasons underlines the sensitivity of the case.czech authorities arrested nikulin in prague on oct. 5 in cooperation with the fb






czech republic's tiny muslim community subject to hate | czech republic news


prague, czech republic - walking along the idyllic streets of prague just blocks away from the famed wenceslas square, 38-year-old palestinian-born raed shaikh stopped to point out a halal grocery store he and the handful of other muslim residents in town frequent.he then motioned towards a middle eastern restaurant to the right, hidden behind a small mosque."here is the highest concentration of muslims in prague," the it project manager said laughingly.though no exact figures exist, the muslim community in the czech republic is small, between 5,000 and 20,000, or less than 0.02 percent of the total population.just a portion lives in prague.yet islam has become a hot-button topic in czech national politics, where the power to resolve the country's hung parliament could lie with a politicia






czech republic's hot property market is becoming a problem


prague — the czech republic's capital has the hottest residential property market in europe, and it's becoming a problem.a 22 percent spike in prices over the past year is freezing out many locals from buying a home and the risk of a boom and bust in the market has forced the czech central bank to step in to try to cool off demand.while many countries in europe have seen strong gains in real estate values recently, the czech capital stands out, thanks to a combination of factors: a lack of new apartments, strong demand amid a growing economy and low borrowing rates, and a boom in investment buying to set up airbnb businesses.according to accounting firm deloitte, the average price for newly built apartments in the capital reached some 92,600 koruna ($4,240) per square meter this year, up f






czech republic’s hot property market is becoming a problem


prague (ap) — the czech republic’s capital has the hottest residential property market in europe, and it’s becoming a problem.a 22 percent spike in prices over the past year is freezing out many locals from buying a home and the risk of a boom and bust in the market has forced the czech central bank to step in to try to cool off demand.while many countries in europe have seen strong gains in real estate values recently, the czech capital stands out, thanks to a combination of factors: a lack of new apartments, strong demand amid a growing economy and low borrowing rates, and a boom in investment buying to set up airbnb businesses.according to accounting firm deloitte, the average price for newly built apartments in the capital reached some 92,600 koruna ($4,240) per square meter this year,






czech govt to buy pig farm on nazi concentration camp land


prague — the czech government has approved spending 450 million koruna ($20.6 million) to buy a communist-era pig farm at the site of a former nazi concentration camp for roma.roma activists and rights groups have long demanded the removal of the farm from lety, 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of prague, where some 1,300 czech roma were sent by the nazis during world war ii.some 327 people died there and many others were taken to the nazis' auschwitz death camp.culture minister daniel herman said monday a deal with the farm's owner will be signed soon and the farm will be replaced with a monument.some 10,000 roma were living on nazi-occupied czechoslovak territory during the war. the country's 250,000-strong roma minority faces widespread prejudice now.






10 gorgeous (and affordable) european cities


dying to get a taste of europe, but worried your budget won’t stretch far enough to see a city like paris?look to these cities for all the old world charm you can ask for without spending like nobility. take in castles, cathedrals, beaches, and so much more, plus, you’ll have pictures not everyone’s seen a million times before.prague, czech republicone should not be unfamiliar with the word – prague when doing budgeted travel. although the czech currency has been rising over the years, you could still find cheap, decent and cozy double-bed bedroom for less than $20 per night on airbnb. and it would cost around $6-10 to dine out in prague.make sure you go to see the huge prague castle which offer some free parts to enter, a short visit would cost you for only $10…granada, spainit would cost






czech beer train heading for the us and china


prague (ap) — having been tested successfully on beer-loving czechs, the beer train is heading for the united states and china.just imagine: you order a pint of beer, or even a cool glass of orange juice, and your drink is served by a model freight train arriving at your table.the only thing you have to do is to pick up your glass before the train departs.it’s reasonably fast, efficient and fun.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.petr fridrich came up with the concept in the czech city of brno in 2009.“i used to be a collector of engines, train models. it combines business with a hobby,” he said. “men are like big children.”expansion came in the form of two further railway restaurants in the czech capital of prague. around 6 million drinks have been served on the elab






czech beer train heading for the us and china


prague — having been tested successfully on beer-loving czechs, the beer train is heading for the united states and china.just imagine: you order a pint of beer, or even a cool glass of orange juice, and your drink is served by a model freight train arriving at your table.the only thing you have to do is to pick up your glass before the train departs.it's reasonably fast, efficient and fun.petr fridrich came up with the concept in the czech city of brno in 2009."i used to be a collector of engines, train models. it combines business with a hobby," he said. "men are like big children."expansion came in the form of two further railway restaurants in the czech capital of prague. around 6 million drinks have been served on the elaborate networks of rail tracks.one of the restaurants in prague






university of minnesota professor killed in czech republic


st. paul, minn. — the university of minnesota college of veterinary medicine says one of its faculty members has died in a traffic accident in the czech republic.a statement from the college wednesday says dr. robert morrison, his wife and several companions were in the accident north of prague. it says they were traveling before attending a swine health management conference.czech police say three americans died in the collision with a truck tuesday near melnik, north of prague.the college's statement doesn't identify the other victims and police haven't released any names.police say six americans were traveling in a rented suv. a man and a woman died immediately. another woman died in a hospital, while one woman was hospitalized in critical condition, and two men escaped unharmed.






jiri belohlavek, czech philharmonic conductor, dies at 71


prague — jiri belohlavek, chief conductor and music director of the czech philharmonic orchestra, has died. he was 71.the musician died wednesday in prague, his family said thursday. he had suffered an unspecified serious long-term illness, but orchestra spokesman ludek brezina declined to give details.belohlavek will be remembered above all for his interpretations of the music by czech composers including bohuslav martinu, antonin dvorak, leos janacek, josef suk and bedrich smetana.at home, belohlavek was in charge of several czech orchestras, including brno philharmonic, prague symphony orchestra and prague philharmonia.abroad, he cooperated with leading musical ensembles, including the berlin philharmonic, boston symphony orchestra, cleveland orchestra, gewandhausorchester leipzig, new






prague appeals court to rule on russian hacker extradition


prague — a prague appeals court is due to rule on an appeal by a russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at american companies against a lower court decision allowing his extradition to the united states.czech authorities arrested yevgeniy nikulin in prague in cooperation with the fbi in october last year. he is accused by u.s. prosecutors of penetrating computers at silicon valley firms including linkedin and dropbox in 2012.moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.prague's municipal court ruled in may that both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions.nikulin appealed his extradition to both countries but later withdrew an appeal against extradition to russia.if friday's ruling supports extradition to the u.s., the justice






mona barthel wins prague open for 4th wta title


prague — qualifier mona barthel of germany rallied to win the prague open on saturday, beating unseeded kristyna pliskova of the czech republic 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.barthel broke pliskova for a 4-2 lead in the final set before converting her second match point for her fourth wta title and the first since 2014."i can't believe it," barthel said. "somehow, i made it. i'm completely exhausted."the 82nd-ranked barthel saved three match points in the second round of qualifying on her way to victory in the final.barthel dropped her serve saturday to go 3-4 down in the second set but she got a break back in the following game. the german wasted a set point at 5-4 but converted her second set point to take the set 7-5.barthel improved her record against the 58th-ranked czech to 2-1.in the first set, bart






prague appeals court to rule on russian hacker extradition


prague (ap) — a prague appeals court is due to rule on an appeal by a russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at american companies against a lower court decision allowing his extradition to the united states.czech authorities arrested yevgeniy nikulin in prague in cooperation with the fbi in october last year. he is accused by u.s. prosecutors of penetrating computers at silicon valley firms including linkedin and dropbox in 2012.moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.prague’s municipal court ruled in may that both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions.most read storiescyber sale! save 90% on digital access.nikulin appealed his extradition to both countries but later withdrew an appeal against extradition to russia.if






us-based actor jan triska dies after fall from prague bridge


prague — jan triska, an actor who moved to the u.s. after being banned by the czechoslovak communist regime, has died, more than a day after he fell from prague's iconic charles bridge. he was 80.prague theater director jan hrusinsky confirmed the death monday. triska died in prague's military hospital overnight due to injuries from saturday's fall, the circumstances of which are unclear.triska emigrated in 1977 after signing a human rights manifesto inspired by his close friend, dissident playwright vaclav havel.he settled in los angeles and appeared in dozens of movies, including "ragtime" and "the people vs. larry flynt" by his fellow czech milos forman.after the anti-communist 1989 velvet revolution led by havel, triska regularly returned home to play in movies and theaters, including






europe far right hails trump, slams eu, islam, migrants | czech republic news


prague, czech republic - far right leaders promised to build a new europe without the eu, as they rallied against islam and praised us president donald trump's hardline immigration policy at a meeting in prague over the weekend.populist politicians from france, the uk, poland, austria and the netherlands wrapped up their gathering on sunday, held under the banner: "for a europe of sovereign nations". the conference was hosted by the czech republic's anti-islam freedom and direct democracy party, which won nearly 11 percent of the vote in october and is chaired by tomio okamura, a czech-japanese politician.the meeting closed a year of far-right gains across europe, as demonstrated most recently in austria.members of the freedom party of austria, who were present at the prague conference, we






europe far right hails trump, slams eu, islam, migrants | czech republic news


prague, czech republic - far right leaders promised to build a new europe without the eu, as they rallied against islam and praised us president donald trump's hardline immigration policy at a meeting in prague over the weekend.populist politicians from france, the uk, poland, austria and the netherlands wrapped up their gathering on sunday, held under the banner: "for a europe of sovereign nations". the conference was hosted by the czech republic's anti-islam freedom and direct democracy party, which won nearly 11 percent of the vote in october and is chaired by tomio okamura, a czech-japanese politician.the meeting closed a year of far-right gains across europe, as demonstrated most recently in austria.members of the freedom party of austria, who were present at the prague conference, we






angry turkey protests czech parliament's genocide vote


prague — turkey is protesting the czech parliament's vote that recognizes the killing of armenians a century ago as genocide.turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement it condemned the resolution "in the strongest terms."the vote earlier this week was proposed by a lawmaker, not by the czech government. the czech foreign ministry has repeatedly said that historians, not politicians, should deal with the issue.experts estimate that up to 1.5 million armenians were killed by ottoman turks around the time of world war i, an event viewed by many scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century.turkey disputes the label, says the toll has been inflated and considers those killed as victims of a civil war.






former czech pm topolanek announces presidential candidacy


prague — former czech prime minister mirek topolanek has announced he is running for in the presidential election scheduled for january.topolanek confirmed his candidacy to czech public television on sunday. the colorful and outspoken politician is set to say more on tuesday, the deadline for entering the race.topolanek served as prime minister of the czech republic during 2006-2009 as the head of the conservative civic democratic party. he was a staunch supporter of a u.s. missile defense plan president barack obama ultimately abandoned.topolanek often made headlines, such as when he called obama's economic recovery plan a "road to hell." he left politics for business in 2010.czech president milos zeman, who is known for his pro-russia views and anti-migrant rhetoric, is seeking re-electi






australia’s emh signs deal to mine lithium in czech republic


prague (ap) — australia’s european metals holdings says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the czech republic giving it the right to mine lithium, a key component in electric batteries.europe’s biggest deposit of lithium has recently been found in the northwestern part of the czech republic. emh has had an exclusive license to explore for the element and the right to seek permission to mine.it plans to open a mine at cinovec, on the german border, to produce about 3,800 tons of lithium a year.that would place the country among the top five lithium producers in the world.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.as part of its deal with the czech ministry of industry and trade, emh agrees to process the lithium in the country.






czech orchestra of disabled musicians gets world attention


prague – it's an unusual orchestra, one that has played in london, madrid, moscow and jerusalem. its next stops are new york, washington and chicago.the tap tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled in prague an extracurricular activity, has become a major musical operation that has drawn millions of fans, first at home and gradually abroad.you can't tell from its professional, typically rhythmic sound that many of the musicians are in wheelchairs with serious disabilities.and that's just what its director wants.band leader simon ornest believes that people with disabilities aren't challenged enough and that others tend to be too solicitous of them."my goal from the very start was not to do it as a therapy but as a band with everything that it could i






czech lawmakers ok's gun holders' right to defend country


prague — the lower house of the czech parliament has approved a constitutional amendment that gives legal gun owners a right to participate in the country's defense.an overwhelming 139-9 majority approved the amendment proposed by a group of lawmakers from several parties.the move is intended to get round a new european union directive that bans some kinds of semi-automatic weapons that are popular among the 300,000 holders of a gun license in the czech republic, a country of 10 million. the eu law might not apply if gun-holders are considered to be state officials.the czech government has already said it will file a legal complaint against the directive — approved as a reaction to extremist attacks — claiming it is too restrictive.wednesday's move still needs approval from parliament's up






passenger dies in fiery rollover; driver from new prague suspected of being drun


a new prague man remains jailed sunday on suspicion of being drunk when he rolled his vehicle late at night and killed a passenger.the crash occurred about 11:20 p.m. thursday to the southeast of new prague on 141st avenue in lanesburgh township, according to the sheriff's office.jesse d. brown, 34, was jailed the next morning and awaits potential charges of criminal vehicular homicide and drunken driving. he's being held without bail.killed in the crash was jarrett f. luethe, 26, of sparta, wis. luethe was married and the father of children, according to his family."i wish to thank everyone that thought about me and my family in this terrible tragedy," luethe's father, terry luethe, wrote on facebook. "my son was a wonderful blessing in this world. he was a hard-working man who took care






czech election highlights allure of russia


prague—czechs voted in the first round of presidential elections friday and saturday and a world power was on the ballot: russia.president miloš zeman is seeking a second term and has cast himself as vladimir putin’s partner in europe. prague’s relationship with moscow is “10 times” more important than with neighbors like france, he told the russian president in november, chitchatting in russian in front of journalists who he berated for their inability to speak the language. ...






u prof, 2 other minnesotans killed in crash in czech republic


a globally respected university of minnesota veterinarian and two other minnesotans were killed in a traffic collision tuesday in the czech republic, where they were traveling for an agricultural conference.robert morrison, 64, a professor in the department of veterinary population medicine, died, along with deb spronk, 60, of pipestone, minn., and pam wetzell, 59, of cleveland, minn.the three minnesotans were traveling with spouses in a rented suv that collided with a truck north of prague tuesday afternoon, the university and czech authorities said. police said investigators suspect that the suv might have failed to yield the right of way. police have not disclosed who was driving.morrison’s 63-year-old wife, jeanie, was hospitalized in critical condition, her church said on social media






u prof, 2 other minnesotans killed in crash in czech republic


a globally respected university of minnesota veterinarian and two other minnesotans were killed in a traffic collision tuesday in the czech republic, where they were traveling for an agricultural conference.robert morrison, 64, a professor in the department of veterinary population medicine, died, along with deb spronk, 60, of pipestone, minn., and pam wetzell, 59, of cleveland, minn.the three minnesotans were traveling with spouses in a rented suv that collided with a truck north of prague tuesday afternoon, the university and czech authorities said. police said investigators suspect that the suv might have failed to yield the right of way. police have not disclosed who was driving.morrison’s 63-year-old wife, jeanie, was hospitalized in critical condition, her church said on social media






the latest: nadal forces 5th set in australian open final


melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):10:15 p.m.the australian open men's final between roger federer and rafael nadal is going to a fifth set.nadal broke federer in the fourth game of the fourth set to take a 3-1 lead and then held in his next service game by chasing down a federer backhand and lunging for a forehand slice crosscourt winner that brought the crowd to its feet.nadal held serve the rest of the way to take the set 6-3.nadal has a 19-8 career five-set record, while federer's record is 26-20. both men have already played two five-set matches in the tournament.___9:35 p.m.federer saved three break points with aces in an opening game that lasted more than eight minutes to hold, then broke nadal in the next to take control of the thir