The Czech Republic and Germany have both offered to speak out on Israel’s
behalf at the International Criminal Court, which is currently weighing
whether to open an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Gaza
and the West Bank, the Times of Israel reported.
Both Prague and Berlin have submitted requests to become an amicus curiae — a “friend of the court” who is not a party to the case but wants to offer its views. The deadline for states to submit legal opinions expires Friday.
Both countries are expected to submit a written legal opinion positing that The Hague does not have jurisdiction to investigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Other states, including Australia, Canada and Hungary, have taken Israel’s side in the debate over jurisdiction, but have not asked to submit written legal opinions to the court.
Inflation in January of this year reached 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 percent
in December of 2019. It is the steepest year-on year increase since 2012,
the Czech Statistics Office reported. Economic experts had predicted
stagnation at December’s 3.2 percent.
Inflation is expected to remain well above three percent in the coming months as well, the ctk news agency writes.
Rents rose on average by 4.2 percent in January, the cost of sewage and natural gas increased by 2.9 percent year-on-year, while electricity prices were up by a tenth in January.
The five Czechs who returned from Wuhan city, which is at the centre of the
coronavirus epidemic in China, and have been held in quarantine at a Prague
hospital, will be released on Monday.
All their tests have come out negative and none are showing any signs of illness, according to a spokesman for the Czech Hygiene Office.
Seventy-five people have been tested for coronavirus in the Czech Republic to date and all the tests have been negative.
Three times Olympics winner Martina Sáblíková triumphed at the
women's 3,000 meters race at the World Speed Skating Championship in
Salt Lake City on Thursday.
It is the sixth world title for Sáblíková in the 3,000 event and the 21st medal from world championship.
The 32-year-old Czech finished with a time of 3 minutes 54.25 seconds, coming ahead of Carlijn Achtereekte of the Netherlands and Russia’s Natalia Voronina.
Czech team took the bronze at the Biathlon World Cup mixed relay
competition in Antholz-Anterselva on Thursday.
Eva Kristejn Puskarčíková, Markéta Davidová, Ondřej Moravec and Michal Krčmář made it into the top three behind Norway and Italy. It is the third World Cup medal in the mixed relay for the Czech Republic.
President Miloš Zeman appointed 35 new judges to office at a ceremony at
Prague Castle on Thursday. In his address to the nominees, the president
urged them to resist political pressure and rely on their own judgement.
The new judges, 15 of them women, will fill various posts at the regional courts all around the country.
Most of the new judges have previously worked as lawyers. Among the nominees is Sylva Šiškeová, who will be heading to the Supreme Administrative Court in Brno.
Around 950,000 cubic metres of wood belonging to the state-owned forestry
firm Lesy ČR have been damaged as a result of the windstorm Sabine that
swept through the Czech Republic on Monday and Tuesday. The damage has been
estimated at 250 to 300 million crowns.
The Czech Republic saw winds of up to 180 kilometres per hour in places, however they were not strong enough to be classified as a hurricane force.
The biggest calamity in state-owned forests so far was caused by hurricane Kyrill in 2007, which devastated more than six million cubic metres of timber.
An exhibition of French Impressionists at the National Gallery’s Kinsky
Palace in Prague was the most visited exhibition of fine art in the Czech
Republic last year, attracting over 100,000 visitors over 91 days.
The retrospective exhibition of Alberto Giacometti in National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace was visited by over 48,000 people, while the ongoing exhibition of the Czech-born illustrator Petr Sís at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art attracted over 51,000 visitors by the end of 2019.
The Czech Republic is to send 4.5 tonnes of medical equipment worth over
three million crowns to China to help tackle the coronavirus epidemic
currently afflicting the country, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček
announced at a press conference on Thursday.
The humanitarian aid, including facemasks, respirators, latex gloves, disinfectants and protective medical uniforms, will be sent to China on Monday on a plane from Vienna, paid for by the European Union.
The Czech Republic will also provide financial aid amounting to six million crowns, which will be distributed through the World Health Organisation.
City councillors on Thursday approved a draft partnership agreement between
Prague and Vienna. The cooperation with the Austrian capital will concern
mainly the areas of transport, culture, IT and security. The partnership is
being agreed on for a period of five years.
At the end of last year, Prague City Hall signed a so-called Free Cities Pact with Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw aimed at strengthening cooperation between the Visagrad Four Capitals.
In January, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib also signed a partnership agreement with the mayor of Taiwan’s capital Taipei on economic, trade and cultural cooperation, while the sister city agreement with Beijing was dissolved.
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