A young man in west Bohemia has miraculously survived a lightning strike. The 20 year old man was at a swimming pool when the sky suddenly turned black and the young man was struck by lightning, witnesses have reported. He complained of pains in his legs and was rushed to a local hospital, where he is still in care.
Police say they have found the body of a little boy, who had been missing since last week. An extensive search operation was launched after five-year old Matej disappeared without a trace on board a train. The little boy was travelling with his mother. He walked off to the restroom by himself and never returned. The police found his body close to the railway tracks near the Moravian city Olomouc and suspect he had fallen out of the train.
A memorial ceremony was held on Sunday in honour of the Czechoslovak
parachutists who lost their lives after taking part in an operation to
assassinate the Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich.
Sergeants Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik and other members of their group were
hiding in the crypt of Prague's Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius when
they were surrounded by German troops on June 18, 1942. They fought until
dawn, but the situation was hopeless and they chose to take their own
lives rather than surrender.
Sunday's memorial was attended by World War II resistance fighters and several politicians, including the prime minister, Jiri Paroubek.
The Czech Republic are facing an uphill battle to reach the knock-out
stage at the football World Cup. After losing against Ghana on
Saturday, the Czechs need to at least draw with Italy on Thursday and
hope for a favourable outcome in a game between Ghana and the USA.
Defender Tomas Ujfalusi and forward Vratislav Lokvenc will be suspended for the Italy match, while first choice strikers Milan Baros and Jan Koller remain doubtful.
Fines for misusing, deliberately damaging or "grossly disparaging" Czech state symbols have tripled, under an amendment which has just come into effect. The new penalty for abusing the country's flag or state emblem is 10,000 crowns (around 450 US dollars). And institutions which do not raise the flag on national holidays can be fined up to 15,000 crowns.
The Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has been beaten by world number one Roger Federer in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. After losing the first set of Sunday's match 6-0, Berdych fought back to take the second in a tie-break, before losing the third and final set 6-2. Berdych recently lost to the Swiss star in the French Open.
Mr Paroubek, whose Social Democrats came second in recent elections,
said on Sunday he would not rule out supporting a government led by the
election's winners, the Civic Democrats. He said it depended on what
concessions the Civic Democrats would make; their plans for a flat tax
and the privatisation of public services are opposed by the Social
The Civic Democrats are trying to form a coalition with two smaller parties, but the three would be one seat short of a majority in the lower house.
The minister of defence, Karel Kuhnl, has visited Czech soldiers serving in the city of Kandahar in the south of Afghanistan. The Czech special forces are taking part in a large operation there against Taliban fighters. Earlier on Saturday Mr Kuhnl visited a group of Czech bomb disposal experts and meteorologists at Kabul international airport.
The Czech foreign minister, Cyril Svoboda, says the European Union's
ability to absorb more countries should not be a condition for further
enlargement. Speaking after an EU summit in Brussels, the minister said
by absorption ability he meant the question of whether present members
can afford the accession of other countries, and whether they could
defend further enlargement in their own parliaments. Mr Svoboda called
for the doors to enlargement to be "opened fully".
On the issue of ratification of the stalled EU constitution, Minister Svoboda said the process should not continue, given that the document had been rejected by French and Dutch voters. Fifteen EU states have ratified the constitution, while a number of others - including the Czech Republic - have put the issue on hold.
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