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Controversy does little to temper gay pride

Thousands marched in Prague at the climax of the first gay pride festival in the Czech capital, defying a fine drizzle and counter demonstrations.

Krejcir accesses deportation report

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is gathering material for his pending application to be granted asylum as a "political refugee".

Czech fugitive ‘a gangster’

An eleventh-hour affidavit submitted to the Refugee Appeal Board could deal a blow to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's bid to stay in SA.

Czech TV mutes vuvuzelas

Czech public television network CT is putting a sock into vuvuzelas at Soccer World Cup games in South Africa.

Obama, Medvedev sign treaty to cut nuclear arsenals

United States President Barack Obama and Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev signed a landmark nuclear-arms reduction treaty on Thursday.

Czech the funk

Silenced by communism 40 years ago, Czechoslovakia's 'funky as hell' music of the 1960s and 1970s has been given a new voice.

Victim of the ‘assassination of the author’?

It takes a lot to make him break his silence -- Kundera has given few interviews in the past 25 years.

From dissident to president

When Vaclav Havel went from being a dissident to a president, "the arc of my story was completed in a way that was almost like a fairytale", he notes.

Czechs turn to non-alcoholic beer after govt clamps down

Czech consumption of non-alcoholic beer has surged since stricter rules for drivers were introduced at the start of July, Czech daily <i>Lidove Noviny</i> reported on Tuesday. "Just in July and August we saw sales of non-alcoholic beer in grocery stores rise by 81%," manager of the Staropramen brewery, Martin Novak, told the paper.

Czech journo picks bad time to test airport security

Czech police detained a journalist who tried to test out airport security at a regional airport on Friday, police spokesperson Roman Pittner said. "In the current situation we judge this as stupid," Pittner said, referring to the foiled terrorist attempt to bomb aircraft leaving London's Heathrow airport.

Suppressed Freud makes comeback

After decades under suspicion, Sigmund Freud is making a comeback in the country of his birth 150 years ago, where he left a legacy complex enough to merit a few sessions on the couch. In Prague, seminars, conferences and public exhibitions over his influence on art, as well as smaller events in his birthplace Pribor, all testify to something of a Freud revival in the Czech Republic.

Rising rivers flood German, Czech, Austrian towns

Rivers swollen by recent rain and melting snow flooded towns in the Czech Republic and Germany, and forced evacuations of thousands people from their homes on Saturday. Eight cities in Germany were affected by floods, with 1&nbsp;300 people forced to leave their homes.

Gorilla becomes Czech reality-show winner

Richard, a 14-year old grey-and-black gorilla, was declared the winner of the Prague zoo's alternative reality show on Sunday and can look forward to a first prize of 12 melons (<i>melon</i> meaning million in Czech slang), the zoo said. Richard is the dominant male in the group of four gorillas.

Reality-show contestants evicted for real

The cast and crew of the Czech reality show <i>VyVoleni (The Selected)</i> were cleared from the Prague villa used for filming before dawn on Sunday by about 40 security guards and dogs sent in by the site landowner over a rent disagreement, broadcaster TV Prima announced.

Czech police find 8g of alcohol in driver’s blood

A Czech truck driver who drove into a ditch was found to have 8g of alcohol in his bloodstream, just a month after he was stopped for drunk driving, authorities said on Thursday. "It is the same man we stopped on April 20 with 4,19g" per liter of blood, said the deputy chief of police in the northern town of Lomnice nad Popelkou.

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