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Czechs to drop mandatory face masks from July

Jun 18, 2020 - 5:19 PM

'The blanket duty to wear face masks will be abandoned on July 1, 2020... with the exception of regions with a worse epidemiological situation,' Health Minister Adam Vojtech says

DROPPING THE MASKS. Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses a joint press conference a press conference following the Visegrad Group meeting on June 11, 2020 in Lednice, Czech Republic. File photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Moscow expels 2 Czech diplomats in tit-for-tat move – ministry

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Russia retaliates after two of its own embassy workers were expelled over a poison plot hoax

A woman wears a protective face mask as she rides a bike along the Moskva river embankment in central Moscow on May 10, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Czechs close shops, pubs to stem virus spread

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The measure will be in effect until March 24

Czech health minister confirms first 3 coronavirus cases

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:21 AM

The coronavirus is found in two men and a woman who recently arrived from northern Italy

Czech uproar as Vietnamese restaurant bans Chinese guests

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:23 PM

The Prague Geezer reports that the said restaurant ' will temporarily not accept Chinese customers'

Czechs detect bird flu as new Europe outbreak feared

Jan 18, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Authorities say the infection at the farm was most likely imported by wild water birds

Gunman kills himself after deadly Czech hospital rampage

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) Four men and two women died during the assault, which lasted only a few seconds according to police

Australia surges into World Cup semis for first time

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Behind Patty Mills, Australia avoids becoming a surprise casualty against the Czech Republic in what has been an unpredictable World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Patty Mills and Australia hit Czech Republic with a reality check in the World Cup quarterfinal. Photo fro

Popovich says USA 'got a ways to go' after winning World Cup opener

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Team USA may not have the usual NBA sparkle, but it pulls off a comfortable win just the same at the start of its title defense

GETTING BETTER. The young US squad remains a work in progress, says coach Gregg Popovich. Photo from FIBA

Embattled Czech mogul PM survives confidence vote

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The opposition fails to reach the 101 votes needed in the 200-member parliament to topple the cabinet

BABIS. Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives for an European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 20, 2019. File photo by Julien Warnand/Pool/AFP

Czechs demand PM quit in largest protest since communism

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:40 AM

Protesters want Prime Minister Andrej Babis to step down over allegations of graft, with media claiming the protests drew some 250,000 people

PROTESTS. A giant Czech flag hangs at a house during a rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on June 23, 2019 in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Operation Nemesis: Investigating the exploitation of Filipinas in Czech Republic

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:27 PM

According to the investigation, once the Filipinas reached the Czech Republic, the conditions they were promised suddenly changed

JODELYN. Jodelyn, a 38-year-old Filipina, works 6 days a week for minimum wage. Photo by Michaela Danelová/

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The fresh controversy in Polish-Israeli ties comes after a row in 2018 over a Polish law that made it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes

AFTER WARSAW. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / AP AND POOL / Dan Balilty

13 dead after fire in Czech mine

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Authorities say the fire is still burning, with rescuers building barriers to stop it from spreading

Stich, Sukova join Tennis Hall of Fame

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Former world number two Michaael Stich and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Helena Sukova are the only 2018 inductees

Czech gov't wins confidence vote backed by Communists

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:28 AM

It takes Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis 9 months to form a government after he won last October's election, with potential partners initially shunning him over allegations of EU subsidy fraud among other concerns

CONFIDENCE VOTE. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis delivers his speech in the Czech Parliament in Prague, Czech Republic on July 11, 2018. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

PRESS RELEASE: Bust of Jose Rizal unveiled in Prague

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Rizal’s bust was created by Filipino sculptor Jose Giroy, apprentice of National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva

Coming soon: More European literature translated into PH languages

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Czech Republic ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša announces that selected European literature will be translated into Bicolano, Waray, and Masbateño

Snowboard queen Ledecka fastest in Olympic history bid

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Ledecka is looking to become the first woman to win gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Olympics

OLYMPIC DOUBLE. Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic records the fastest time in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Hanyu defends Olympic title, snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Hanyu and Ledecka rule the ice and snow, respectively

MAGIC. Ester Ledecka and Yuzuru Hanyu take home Olympic golds. Photo by Martin Bernetti (Ledecka) and Aris Messinis (Hanyu).

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Pro-Russian Zeman scores second term as Czech president

Jan 28, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Milos Zeman narrowly wins over his pro-European liberal rival Jiri Drahos in a runoff election

REELECTED. Czech President Milos Zeman (C) is accompanied by his wife Ivana (R) as he casts his ballot at a polling station in Prague on January 26, 2018, during the second round of presidential elections in the Czech Republic. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

East-west clash as Czechs vote for new president

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Although Milos Zeman is in pole position as the country kicks off a final day of first-round voting Saturday, the outspoken head of state is unlikely to win an outright majority

ANTI-MIGRANT. This file photo taken on November 09, 2016 in Prague shows Czech President Milos Zeman giving a statement to the media. Czech President Milos Zeman on Saturday, January 28, 2016, praised Donald Trump's anti-migrant steps from the day before, saying the new US president simply cared about his citizens' safety. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

WATCH: Czeching Out Prague

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Join this virtual trip – or pilgrimage – to the historic fort of Vyšehrad, Charles Bridge, and the famous church of the Infant Jesus of Prague in the Czech Republic

LANDMARK IN PRAGUE. Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, is adorned with around 30 images of Catholic saints. File photo by AFP

Only 5 countries close gender gap in education, health – WEF

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Philippines reopens its gender gap in health and survival this year, but maintains its gender equality in educational attainment

HEALTH ACCESS. A total of 34 out of 144 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have closed the gender gap on health and survival. Photo by Shutterstock

WATCH: This church is made of real human bones

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Take a spine-tingling peek inside the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church

At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which has closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017.  Strong winds battered central Europe today, reaching 180 kilometres an hour in the Czech Republic, where two people were killed by falling trees. / AFP PHOTO / Michal Cizek

'Czech Trump' clinches wide lead in election

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) Billionaire populist Andrej Babis favors a united Europe and balks at talk of a 'Czexit'

NEXT LEADER? Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, chairman of the ANO movement (YES), walks to cast his ballot at a polling station during the first day of the Czech elections on October 20, 2017 in Pruhonice, Central Bohemia. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Czech president backs Trump's anti-migrant steps

Jan 28, 2017 - 7:04 PM

US President Trump protects his country he s concerned with the safety of his citizens Exactly what EU elites do not do Zeman s spokesman tweets

ANTI-MIGRANT. This file photo taken on November 09, 2016 in Prague shows Czech President Milos Zeman giving a statement to the media. Czech President Milos Zeman on Saturday, January 28, 2016, praised Donald Trump's anti-migrant steps from the day before, saying the new US president simply cared about his citizens' safety. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Czech Republic creates anti-fake news unit

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Czech officials believe certain propaganda websites allegedly backed by Russia are seeking to spread falsehoods

Asahi says paying $7.7B for AB InBev's eastern European business

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The takeover – also the largest by a Japanese beer company – includes popular Czech beer Pilsner Urquell and other businesses in Hungary Poland Romania and Slovakia

In this photo illustration, bottles of Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republica are seen on December 13, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

England win in Southgate's debut, Germany cruises in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:36 AM

England tops Malta 2 0 while defending champs Germany stroll past Czech Republic 3 0

BLANKED. Daniel Sturridge (L) scored one of two goals for England as the home side kept a clean sheet against Malta. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Eastern NATO ally says Clinton trumps Trump on security

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka: Considering the pre election statements made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from the point of view of guarantees for the allies I see more security if Clinton is elected

BOHUSLAV SOBOTKA. Czech Republic's Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka arrives before an EU summit meeting on June 29, 2016 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. File photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

'Sports terrorists' bring new chaos to Euro 2016

Jun 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Croatian and Turkish fans throw flares on the pitch in separate matches

FLARES. Supporters of Turkey react and light flares after the UEFA EURO 2016 group D preliminary round match between Spain and Turkey at Stade de Nice in Nice, France, 17 June 2016. Photo by PETER POWELL/EPA

Italy celebrates on road to redemption at Euro 2016

Jun 14, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign with a 2 0 victory over Belgium Defending champion Spain also beats Czech Republic while Sweden draws Ireland

VICTORY. Players of Italy celebrate the 2-0 during the UEFA EURO 2016 group E preliminary round match between Belgium and Italy. Photo by MAST IRHAM/EPA

Protests greet Chinese president in Prague

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Protests greet Chinese President Xi Jinping as he arrives in Prague on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic

WELCOME. People of the Chinese community living in Czech Republic wait in front of Chinese and Czech flags for the arrival of the Chinese President near the Ruzyne airport on March 28, 2016, in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek / AFP

Chinese flags defaced in Prague ahead of president's visit

Mar 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit the Czech Republic on Monday

Czech Republic reports first two Zika cases

Feb 25, 2016 - 7:41 PM

The two patients who are undergoing home care both visited the Caribbean recently

epa05148371 View of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito larva in a laboratory in San Salvador, El Salvador, on 07 February 2016. EPA/Oscar Rivera

Thousands march across Europe in anti-Islam Pegida rallies

Feb 07, 2016 - 8:10 AM

A march by Germany s anti Islamic organization Pegida draws thousands to the eastern city of Dresden with rallies in support of the movement also held in a string of other European cities

Protesters gather during an anti-Islam rally in front of the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, February 6, 2016. Filip Singer/EPA

Czech outcry as president mulls shooting PM

Jan 27, 2016 - 12:12 AM

Asked at a public debate on Monday how people could get rid of the pro migrant Sobotka Zeman said: There is only one democratic option which is a general election A non democratic option is a Kalashnikov

MILOS ZEMAN. A picture dated 02 December 2015 shows Czech President Milos Zeman at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. File Photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Czech leader says Muslims 'impossible to integrate' in Europe

Jan 17, 2016 - 9:09 PM

Czech President Milos Zeman says that the Muslim community should not take their culture to Europe

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

EU summons leaders for refugee crisis summit next Wednesday

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

President Tusk would like to focus on other immediate issues that need tackling urgently if we want to get the situation under control including in our neighborhood

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this file photo European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for an EU Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2015. File photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge

Sep 14, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Local authorities in Germany which has earned praise for its welcoming stance towards refugees are buckling under the sudden surge of arrivals

NEW ARRIVALS. Migrants walk at a platform at Vienna's Westbahnhof train station in Vienna, Austria, on September 6, 2015 after they have arrived by a train from Hungary. Joe Klamar/AFP

Eastern European countries reject migrant quotas

Sep 11, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED The UN s refugee agency welcomes the EU plan to distribute refugees but says more is needed to relieve pressure on frontline states

REFUGEES FLEE CONFLICT. Migrants, mainly from Syria and Iraq, seen walking at the E45 freeway near Kliplev, Denmark, September 9, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Nolte/EPA

East European, German ministers to meet on refugee crisis

Sep 10, 2015 - 11:17 PM

The European Union s eastern members have taken the hardest stance against compulsory quotas proposed by the EU Commission

Migrants on their way to Austria who walked from a nearby refugee camp wait for a west-bound train at the railway station of Karolyhaza, 150 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, 05 September 2015. Photo by Csaba Kirizsan/EPA

Migrants stream into Austria from Hungary

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Hungary has become the newest flashpoint as hundreds of thousands of migrants try to cross its borders on their journey to Western Europe

HELPING MIGRANTS. Migrants sit in the railway station in Tatabanya 57 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015, after some 200-300 migrants broke out of the Bicske train station. At Bicske in Hungary, police and interpreters on September 3, urged refugees and migrants to leave a train bound for the western town of Sopron and board 20 waiting buses to a nearby camp, but many were promptly brought back to the station platform. Photo by Balazs Mohai/EPA

Czech police spark uproar by tagging refugees with numbers

Sep 02, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Interior ministry spokeswoman Lucie Novakova said the move was introduced because of the increasing number of children among the refugees