Czech politicians on Sunday welcomed the election results in neighbouring
Germany, the fourth time the CDU-CSU have won led by Angela Merkel.
Many, however, saw the third-place finish of the nationalist far rIght AfD (Alternative for Germany) as a warning sign. The head of Czech party ANO, Andrej Babiš, suggested that AfD were the 'real' election winners.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka called the result a clear victory for Merkel and expressed the conviction she would soon form a stable government, which he called important for both Europe and for Czech-German relations. He added that those who cheered on the AfD today did not see beyond the tip of their nose and that migrants and the EU being targeted 'today' would be joined by Czechs and Poles 'tomorrow'.
The BBC reported that dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the anti-Islam and anti-migrant party's headquarters in Berlin, following the result.
Team Europe has won the first-ever Laver Cup, held in the Czech capital,
although Team World came close to forcing an extra deciding game. In a
tense match Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios in a super tiebreak 11-9.
Team Europe won with an overall 15 points to 9. Thirteen points were needed
under the tournament rules.
Earlier, Team World, trailing after the first two days of the Laver Cup in Prague, rebounded on Sunday with a win in the doubles over Tomáš Berdych and Marin Cilic and a win against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Zverev downed Team World's Querrey.
That put the score at 12:9 in favor of Team Europe, with the tournament founder Roger Federer facing Nick Kyrgios.
A win by Team World would have left the teams tied at 12 points apiece and would have forced a final fifth match to determine who would clinch overall victory.
The Laver Cup, in its first year, featured excellent tennis and very close matches, surpassing even the participants' expectations. Despite suffering three losses by razor-thin margins, Czech player Tomáš Berdych said he had been glad to be part of the team and happy that the competition had taken place in Prague in its inaugural year.
The famous actor Jan Tříska is in serious condition after falling from
Charles Bridge. The incident happened on Saturday; initial reports did not
reveal his identity and stated the person in question was around 60 years
old. Mr Tříska is 80.
The actor was pulled from the water by two passengers on a passing tour boat on the Vltava River. Reports stated he was not breathing when he was taken ashore where CPR was administered.
The actor was then taken to Prague's military hospital where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.
Prior to his identity being revealed, Prague firefighters tweeted that he had jumped from the bridge.
Mr Tříska, based in the U.S., was due to begin work on a new Czech film on Monday. That projet has now been postponed.
A 21-year-old student from Zlín, Michaela Habáňová, was crowned the
winner of the annual Czech competition Česká Miss (Czech Miss) at a gala
evening in Brno on Saturday.
The brunette contestant also proved the most popular online.
The title Czech Miss Earth went to 19-year-old Iva Uchytilová, and Czech Miss Supranational to 24-year-old Tereza Vlčková. The winners will represent the Czech Republic in international competitions.
The state-owned company Lesy České republiky, which owns and manages
roughly half of the country's forests, revealed gross profits of 3.34
billion crowns between January and July, a 8.4 percent increase
year-on-year. In 2016, the figure counted 3.08 billion, spokeswoman Eva
Jouklová confirmed. The firm increased not only sales but also its felling
Prices in the lumber market had dropped, however, with a surplus of material following damages to tree from strong winds or bark beetle infestation; the Agriculture Ministry has introduced a ban on felling spruce and pine in November and December.
The country's Transport Ministry is planning on investing roughly 14
billion crowns in water transport up to 2023, according to a proposal to be
discussed by the government at its regular cabinet meeting on Monday.
The long-term strategic plan would extend waterways on the Vltava and Labe Rivers to 338 kilometres.
Under changes, large vessels would be able to pass through Prague all the way up to Radotín, while the Labe water route would end in Pardubice.
The second day of the Laver Cup tournament in Prague saw Team Europe extend
its lead over Team World to 9:3.
Federer and Nadal both won respective singles matches against Querrey and Sock and also their first-ever doubles together on Saturday evening to build the team's lead.
The Czech Republic's Tomáš Berdych suffered the only defeat for the squad, a close match that went down the wire to a super tiebreak against Nick Kyrgios.
Four matches remain on Sunday, each worth three points. The winning squad needs a total of 13 points to win.
Roger Federer defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets while Rafael Nadal
edged Jack Sock in a super tiebreak to give Team Europe an additional four
points in the Laver Cup. Matches on Saturday are worth two points each.
Two more matches will be played on Saturday night: Tomáš Berdych versus Nick Kyrgios, and in the doubles, a dream team of the world's two best players, Nadal and Federer, against Querrey and Sock.
Two adults and a child in a crowd of people attending Army Day at Letná
Plain in Prague on Saturday were injured when a paratrooper lost control
and landed on them instead of within a designated area.
Two suffered injuries and immediately received medical attention and were transported to hospital. The child, also struck, was taken to the doctor's by an accompanying adult.
The incident is being investigated by both the police and the military police. The spokeswoman for the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, Vlastimila Cyprisová, expressed regret over the accident.