Thursday news briefing – Oct. 30, 2014

Over half of Czech Internet users believe media is becoming overly sensational; Too many gas stations per area in Czech Republic; Slovak parliament rejects making Czechoslovakia day a Slovak holiday Add a comment

US gives Bronze Star two Czech soldiers

Bronze Star Medal awarded for reducing attacks in Bagram allied base Add a comment

Czech Republic prepares own space program

New Czech space program to complement work with European Space Agency Add a comment

PSJ to help build artificial island in Caspian Sea

Czech Republic's biggest construction company to build residential buildings for island Add a comment

Zeman’s medal of merit backfires

Jan Němec returns his own medal to protest president’s ceremony of self-aggrandizement Add a comment

Dissident’s son asks Zeman to talk to Russia about political prisoners

Yaroslav Gorbanevsky is the son of the recipient of Czech Medal of Merit who stood up to Moscow in 1968 Add a comment

Wednesday news briefing — Oct. 29, 2014

Slovakia bans sale of sweets at schools; Latvian’s sentence of 17 years for attempted murder is upheld in court; Karel Gott becomes honorary citizen of Bratislava Add a comment

Complete list of award recipients of Oct. 28

President Zeman handed out the Order of the White Lion, the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and medals of heroism and merit to a wide spectrum of individuals Add a comment

White Lion goes to Winton and Winston

Nicholas Winton and Britain’s wartime prime minister receive highest state honors from Czech president Add a comment

Tuesday news briefing — Oct. 28, 2014

Prime Minister Sobotka marks 96th anniversary of birth of Czechoslovakia; Zeman flies back from China on plane belonging to PPF instead of the state; electricity, heat subsidies for 2015 to remain unchanged Add a comment

Rectors snub president on holiday (update)

Charles University, CVUT rectors will not attend Oct 28 ceremony Add a comment

Charles University rector will not attend Oct. 28 ceremony

Following Zeman’s refusal to invite two rectors because of personal grievance, head Czech Republic’s most revered academic institution says he will stay home, too Add a comment

Monday news briefing — Oct. 27, 2014

ČR to send medical teams to help Syrian refugees; Slovak SPP says Russian media reports that it wants to buy less gas are incorrect; intelligence services turn up many anti-Islam signs in the country Add a comment

Anonymous individuals make Ebola threats

Interior Ministry reports attempted blackmail by as yet unidentified persons Add a comment

School in Žďár nad Sázavou not at fault for stabbing

Education minister says the school where attack took place had sufficient security measures in place Add a comment

No direct flights yet between ČR, China

Likely link would connect Prague, Shanghai by next year Add a comment

Zaorálek condemns execution in Iran

In unusual move, foreign affairs ministry weighs in on human rights abuses abroad Add a comment

Tanks 'devastate' nature to protect it

Military club cooperated with nature group to revitalize nature reserve Add a comment

Zeman will honor Slovak prime minister

Robert Fico among those to receive Czech state honor Oct. 28 Add a comment

Ostrava area has worst air pollution

Local industry and heavy traffic two of the biggest culprits Add a comment

Institute for study of totalitarianism dismisses 20 percent of staff

Most affected individuals are from the digitization section, which has been sharply criticized for its handling of the Security Forces’ Archive Add a comment

Friday news briefing - Oct. 24, 2014

ČSA union calls off strike after compromise; Zeman emphasizes business cooperation between Prague and Chengdu in trade fair; New Czech army guns found to have shorter lifespan, breaks easier Add a comment

Czech sentenced 17.5 years for murder of ČSSD official

Michal Krnáč murdered ČSSD official Roman Houska in November 2013. Add a comment

Czech government criticized for not pressuring undemocratic countries

Czech Republic puts economic interest before putting pressure on undemocratic regimes, Sme writes Add a comment

Czech Airlines attendants prepare to strike

Company is handing out notices to make employees aware of seriousness of situation Add a comment

Historian sues totalitarian studies institute

Adrian Portmann claims the competition for a new director was conducted improperly Add a comment

Educators balk at Zeman's decision to shun rectors

It is the national day of the country, ‘not of Miloš Zeman,’ says chairman of higher education council Add a comment

Thursday Briefing – Oct. 23, 2014

Czech Republic plans to tighten activity on drugs and gambling in new draft; Czech expense on R&D exceed EU average; Senators cite Sváček's past activities for protest Add a comment

Czech diplomats to arrange visas in special clients' homes

Certain clients can now go through visa process without visiting a consulate Add a comment

ČSSD is key party in Prague despite election failure

More parties and small numbers of ČSSD may bring political turbulence, Jelínek writes Add a comment