Arsenal goaltender Petr Čech secured a clean sheet on Sunday, turning away several good chances but London club Arsenal, described as sluggish by BBC Sport, were unable to capitalise and earned only a point in their match-up against Sunderland. The game finished 0:0. Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League; with the draw, Sunderland pulled themselves out of the relegation zone.
The Czech Republic will send an additional 30 police officers to Greece to help the European agency Frontex overseeing border management. Some 11 Czech officers have already been serving there for some time. The police will assist in return of illegal migrants to Turkey per the agreement between Turkey and the EU. The news was confirmed on Sunday by Police President Tomáš Tuhý.
Parts of the Czech Republic, including higher areas in the Krkonoše Mountains, saw snowfall on Saturday night. Several centimetres were registered in areas above Pec pod Snežkou; strong winds on Snežka on Sunday morning saw gondola transport on the upper part of the mountain shut down. The temperature on the mountain on Sunday morning was -7 degrees Celsius.
The authorities closed off the main railway corridor on Saturday joining Olomouc and Přerov after what appeared to be an explosive device was spotted on a section of track. Train transport was blocked for roughly two hours in the late afternoon/early evening. Closer inspection by a pyrotechnics expert revealed the device was fake.
A 24-year-old gorilla named Shinda at Prague Zoo gave birth to a new baby on Saturday which zoo director Miroslav Bobek confirmed was 100 percent healthy. The birth was wholly unexpected and a surprise, the director confirmed: zoo workers had not known that Shinda was pregnant. The baby gorilla could be seen by zoo visitors as early as this Sunday.
Around 100 people gathered at a demonstration organised by the Moravané (Moravians) party in Brno on Saturday in response to the name 'Czechia' - a shortened, informal term for the Czech Republic being pursued by the current government. Organisers criticised the name, saying historically it referred only to part of the country known as Bohemia and ignored the areas of Moravia and Silesia. The Communists abolished Moravia as an administrative entity in 1949. The Moravané party has slammed the government for pushing ahead with its own game plan, suggesting other solutions in English were worth consideration. Alternatives mentioned most often include the terms Czechomoravia and Czechlands.
Hundreds of residents in seven municipalities held protest events on Saturday expressing opposition to plans for the Czech Republic in the coming years to begin building a deep geological nuclear waste repository. The country's Radioactive Waste Depository Authority is aiming to conduct geological surveys in all seven areas to assess suitability. Protestors on Saturday held sports events and one of the towns said it was withdrawing its representatives from talks with the authority, on the grounds it had misrepresented their position. The protest comes only a few days before the world marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Prague's Municipal Court next week will begin hearing the case of Russian student Igor Shevcov, accused of having tried to firebomb the defence minster's residence in Prague. According to the prosecution, Mr Shevcov threw at least four Molotov cocktails, containing numerous chemicals, at the home. Some of the bottles failed to hit their target or to explode. One hit the roof and burst but the flames did not spread far. The police said it had not exploded with "full intensity". Three people were at home at the time of the attack; Minister Martin Stropnický was not. If found guilty, the suspect could face between three to eight years behind bars but the attack could still be re-qualified by the court as a more serious crime, meaning a potentially tougher sentence.
A report on migration and the integration of foreigners for the Czech government and Parliament, points to an increasing presence in the Czech Republic of criminal gangs from the Balkans, some with operation centres in neighboring Germany. Russian-speaking and Asian gangs, however, reportedly continue to top the list. The Czech News Agency reported that criminal activities by foreign gangs included the sale of illegal drugs, as well as tax, mortgage and leasing fraud. In 2015, as in previous years, criminal organisations reportedly also attempted to bribe officials, influence public tenders and to influence the legislative process as high as the government and parliamentary levels. They also tried to infiltrate the state administration, justice sector and the police.