A 25-year-old man who was submerged underwater in his car for half an hour has regained consciousness, a hospital spokesperson in the north Moravian town of Orlova said. The man was no longer breathing and his heart had stopped beating when he was pulled out of a river nine days ago; rescue workers spent thirty minutes trying to revive him and doctors gave long odds against him regaining consciousness. He is now speaking and says he remembers the accident clearly.
Attacking Czechs is the national sport in Austria, the Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, said in an interview in Sunday's edition of Austria's Kurier. Mr Schwarzenberg told the newspaper he had no understanding of Austrian worries about the Czech Temelin nuclear power station, which he said was safer than reactors in Germany. He added that Austrians should reflect on how much of the energy their state imports is produced by nuclear reactors. Minister Schwarzenberg said Austrians and Czechs were in the habit of arguing in the style of close family members, and that attacking Czechs had become the national sport in Austria. Vienna has frequently called for Temelin to be closed down, saying it is unsafe.
The minister of culture, Vaclav Jehlicka, has threatened to resign if his ministry does not receive more funding next year. Speaking on a TV debate show, Mr Jehlicka said he did not accept the post in order to become a "minister receiver" and had, on the contrary, promised to increase spending. The proposed state budget has earmarked 6.7 billion crowns for the arts in 2008, around 1.2 billion less than this year.
Over 100,000 people visited museums and galleries around Prague on Saturday during an annual event entitled Museum Night. Twenty-one institutions - including the new Museum of Charles Bridge- opened their doors, free of charge, at 7 pm special free buses ferried people between the museums and galleries.
The Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek, has said he believes a key
European Union summit next week will reach agreement on the outlines of a
new treaty on running the 27-member organisation. Speaking after talks
near Berlin on Sunday with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Mr
Topolanek said Prague would only veto efforts to revive the same
constitution French and Dutch voters rejected two years ago.
The Czech prime minister also restated his country's desire to see some powers returned from Brussels to member states. On Thursday the Czech Republic sent a proposal to fellow member states aimed at increasing the powers of national parliaments. However, it stopped short of proposing that national governments be allowed to completely block European legislation.
Czech leaders have consistently expressed reservations about any EU constitution. Prague is also supporting Poland's fight to prevent bigger states losing some voting rights.
A group of artists infiltrated the broadcasting of Czech Television on Sunday morning, superimposing a nuclear mushroom cloud on live shots of a scenic area in east Bohemia. A spokesperson for Czech TV said the station would take action against the group Ztohoven, who added their own internet address to the doctored images. They managed to sabotage the programme Panorama by tampering with a TV camera at Cerny Dul in the Krkonose Mountains.
The Czech Republic contributed 50 million CZK (2.3 million USD) towards reconstruction in Iraq last year, the Czech Foreign Ministry said. The projects included the rebuilding of an oil refinery in Basra and providing local people with the technology to produce clean drinking water. On Monday the government will discuss this year's aid for Iraq. Czech soldiers on the ground in the country have trained over 8,000 Iraqi police officers; their main duty at present is guarding an international base in Basra.
A policeman from the economic crime unit in Brno has been arrested on suspicion of downloading pornographic images of children and subsequently distributing them by email according to Lidove noviny. The paper reports that police had been searching for the man after he accidentally left a USB disk with child porn images and photographs of himself in civilian clothing in a computer at an internet café. He was then recognised by chance by one of the investigating officers who passed him in the corridor of Brno police headquarters.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that a
woman claiming to be Barbora Skrlova has appeared at the Czech embassy in
Copenhagen. The thirty-two-year-old woman is thought to have masqueraded
as a thirteen-year-old girl known as Anna, who had been taken into care
along with the rest of her family in a highly publicised child-abuse case.
"Anna" escaped from the children's home where she was staying a
short while later. Police investigations during the subsequent nationwide
search for "Anna" revealed that she was probably not in fact a
13-year-old girl but a diminutive 32-year-old woman identified as Barbora
Skrlova. It is thought that Skrlova pretended to be a child in order to be
adopted by Klara Mauerova, a woman who has been charged with abusing her
7-year-old son Ondrej, who was kept bound and naked in a dark room. It is
believed that Ms Skrlova lived with Mauerova's family as Ondrej's
stepsister for several weeks and could have crucial information relating
to the abuse case.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that the woman had provided the embassy in Copenhagen with a hair sample, which had been sent back to the Czech Republic for DNA tests.