Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková took the silver medal in the overall discipline at the European Speed Skating Championships in Chelyabinks on Sunday. The long-distance specialist, who was aiming for her fifth Euroepan allround title, won the 3,000 and 5,000 metres and finished second in the overall competition with 162.414 points. Sáblíková's longtime rival Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands took the gold for the fourth time in her career.
Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has repeated that there was no immediate threat of a terrorist attack in the Czech Republic. Speaking to Czech television on Sunday, Mr Chovanec also said that a threat of an attack from a smaller terrorist group, such as the one in Paris this week, cannot be fully ruled out and cannot be prevented. He said that the Czech police have no indication of a larger terrorist organization operating in the country.
Veronika Vítková has taken silver in the women's 12.5 km mass start biathlon event in Germany's Oberhof. It is her third medal at the World Championship after gold in the sprint and in women's relay. The 26-year-old Vítková finished 14 seconds behind Darya Domracheva of Belarus. Another Czech Gabriela Soukalová finished in tenth place.
Norway's Morten Eide Pedersen has won the Czech Republic's biggest cross-country skiing event, the Jizerská padesátka, finishing ahead of his compatriot Petter Eliassen. The Czech Republic's Stanislav Řezáč finished in seventh place. The women's race was won by Czech-born Kateřina Smutná, representing Austria. The 50-kilometre course had to be changed and shortened to 45 due to insufficient natural snow.
New temperature records were set for January 10 in more than 40 places across the Czech Republic. The highest temperature was recorded in Ústí nad Labem on Saturday, where it reached 16.8 degrees Celsius. Six weather stations registered its highest temperature on record for the month of January. The warm spell is expected to end on Sunday with temperatures dropping to around 0 degrees Celsius.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek are attending the national unity march in Paris on Sunday to honor the 17 victims killed in the terrorist attacks this week. A number of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, take part in the massive anti-terror rally, which has drawn around a million people. The French government has taken exceptional security measures to ensure security of the event.
Four people were killed in the Czech Republic on Saturday after being hit by a train. A spokesperson for the railways inspection authority said all four incidents happened at spots where walkers are banned. In the first ten days of 2015, seven people died on the country's railways and one person was injured. 296 people were killed in railroad accidents last year, which is the highest number in the last decade.
Another gathering in support of the victims of this week's terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and on the Jewish supermarket in Paris takes place in Prague on Saturday. Hundreds of people have gathered outside the French Embassy at Prague's Malá Strana district, carrying flowers and signs saying „Je suis Charlie“ and lighting candles in memory of the victims.
Church representatives have called on the Czech public not to succumb to radicalism, despite feeling anger towards the Islamist terrorists. The head of the Czech Catholic Church Dominik Duka, along with the leader of the Ecumenical Council of Churches Daniel Fejfar, and the head of the Jewish Community Petr Papoušek have expressed their solidarity with the families of the victims of this week's attacks in Paris. They say it is necessary to insist on the basic rules of open society, especially on the liberty of speech, on mutual respect of religions and cultures and on finding ways of mutual coexistence.
Firefighters and rescue workers are searching for a man who dissapeared when rafting on the Ohře River on Saturday. The raft with five men flipped over at a dam at Jakubov in the Karlovy Vary region, dumping them into the swollen river. Four of the rafters made it to the shore with no injuries. The Ohře River is currently under a flood alert due to heavy rainfall and melting snow.
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