Tag: Czech

Czech Bullet Train Collides With Engine, 1 Dead, 5 Injured

PRAGUE—A bullet train collided with an engine in a train station in northeastern Czech Republic Monday, killing one person and injuring five. Czech Railways said the accident took place early in the morning in the town of Bohumin, shortly after the departure of the Pendolino train for Prague. The driver of the bullet train was…


Fire at Czech Alzheimer Home Kills 2, Over 50 Injured

PRAGUE—A massive fire in a nursing home for Alzheimer patients in the Czech Republic has left two people dead and injured more than 50 others, officials said on Thursday. The regional rescue service said the bodies of the two patients were discovered in the badly damaged building following the fire that broke out late Wednesday…


A City and Its Secret River: Prague

Europe is filled with great river cities—the steeples and citadels of Buda and Pest rising dramatically on either side of the Danube, the Rhine flowing near the massive cathedral in Cologne, the Seine slicing Paris into Left Bank and Right Bank. But Prague? Not really one of them. Yes, water runs through its heart. And…


6 Czech Players Test Positive Ahead of Olympic Training Camp

PRAGUE—Six players on the Czech Republic’s Olympic hockey team have tested positive for the coronavirus, national team coach Filip Pešán said Friday. The six players, all unnamed, are among a group of 12 that came from the Russia-based KHL. “It’s a complicated situation and it’s changing every hour,” Pešán said, adding none of the positive…


Multiple-Car Crash as Heavy Snowfall Closes Czech Highway

PRAGUE—A heavy snowstorm that hit the Czech Republic caused a multiple-car crash and completely shut down one of the major highways near the capital, Prague, on Thursday. Police said about 40 cars and trucks were involved in the pileup that took place 33 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital on the D5 highway. The…


Czech Republic Reports Bird Flu Outbreak at Farm With 188,000 Poultry

PRAGUE—The Czech Republic reported an outbreak of bird flu of the H5N1 type at a poultry farm with 188,000 birds, the State Veterinary Administration said on Thursday. Thousands of the birds have died already, the rest will be culled from the farm in Libotenice, 60 km (40 miles) north of Prague, the administration said. Several…


COVID-19-Positive Czech President Appoints New Prime Minister From Plexiglass Cubicle

PRAGUE—Czech President Milos Zeman appointed the leader of an opposition alliance Petr Fiala as prime minister on Sunday in a ceremony he performed from a plexiglass cubicle after testing positive for COVID-19. Fiala leads a bloc of five opposition parties that won an election in October, ousting the incumbent premier Andrej Babis and his allies….


Czech Republic Hosts Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, a Heavy Blow to Beijing: Experts

Following the recent election in the Czech Republic which booted the communists out of Parliament, the Czech Senate passed a resolution supporting cooperation with Taiwan, including inviting Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu to Prague. Experts suggest that Wu’s visit to the Czech Republic is of great significance in deepening Taiwan-Czech relations, dealing a…


Czech President Zeman in Intensive Care at Key Post-Election Time

PRAGUE—Czech President Milos Zeman was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit on Sunday, creating uncertainty at a time when he is due to lead political talks about forming a new government after a parliamentary election. Director Miroslav Zavoral of the Central Military Hospital in Prague said Zeman, 77, was admitted due to complications related…


Ruling Party Narrowly Loses Czech Vote; Prime Minister Babis May Be Out

PRAGUE—Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ party on Saturday narrowly lost the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election, a surprise development that could mean the end of the billionaire’s reign in power. The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech Republic’s parliament took place shortly after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported…