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Govt able to send troops abroad
The Czech Parliament has passed a law enabling the government to send troops abroad and approve the presence of foreign troops in the Czech Republic. Until now, such decisions could only be made by the Parliament, which was seen as an obstacle to the Czech Republic in fulfilling its obligations arising from NATO membership. Vladimir Tax has the details.
The lengthy procedures involved in approving the Czech armed forces' international missions has turned out to be a serious problem for the Czech Republic since it joined NATO, especially when the country agreed to join the KFOR peacekeeping mission in former Yugoslavia. The same procedures, however, applied to approving the presence of foreign troops in the Czech Republic. Member of Parliament Miroslav Kalousek explained:Reconstruction of Orlova killing first step to justice?
Police held a reconstruction on Thursday of the death in 1998 of a Roma man from the north-eastern town of Orlova. The man, Milan Lacko, died after he was set upon by a group of skinheads and run over as he was left lying in a road. But as Rob Cameron reports, his family are still waiting for those who caused his death to be brought to justice.
The case appears to be a catalogue of incompetence and deceit, from the moment Milan Lacko was found dead in the road, to the court verdict which exonerated his attackers of all responsibility for his death.Cake Bake for Kosovo
June 1st, which is a few days off, is International Children's Day. It's a tradition for various schools and organizations to hold parties and other events aimed at giving children a good time. Olga Szantova tells us about some Prague children who will not be thinking about their own good time, but of less fortunate children living abroad.
For the second year now the lst Language School in Prague 4, on Horackova Street, is holding a cake bake, with the profit to be used for aid for the children in Kosovo. The main organizer is Ita Dungan, who teaches English at the school, and she and four girls from the school's ninth grade have come to the studio to tell us all about it.New TV station already suffering technical problems
The Czech Republic's newest television station, TV 3, launched on Thursday night. The new station replaces a previous broadcaster, Galaxie television, which folded due to financial problems. Clara Goldsmith reports on this latest addition to the Czech media:
"A new vision for television", and "Television for the new millenium" trumpeted the advertising for the latest arrival on Czech television screens, TV3. Unfortunately, the hyperbole of these slogans did not quite ring true when the station fell on its feet during its very first hours of broadcasting. The chamapagne celebrations which launched the station were overshadowed by the technical problems which interrupted the evening's news programmes, and viewers who settled down on Thursday night to watch TV3's much-hyped news reports were repeatedly distracted by a rogue image flashing up on the screen. The cultural news programme also suffered from a few technical hitches, battling with sound difficulties during its first broadcast.
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