Man sets himself on fire amid Czech commemoration event
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech officials say a man has been seriously injured after he set himself on fire in downtown Prague amid commemorative events to remember a student who burned himself to death 50 years ago to inspire resistance against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Police say the man born in 1964 poured an unspecified flammable liquid on himself at Wenceslas Square and set himself on fire Friday. They say that people who were nearby extinguished the fire.
Czechs honor student who wanted self-immolation to inspire
PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs are paying tribute to a university student who burned himself to death in Prague 50 years ago to inspire resistance against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Jan Palach's self-immolation shocked the country but failed to produce an immediate impact. The hard-line communist regime established after the invasion harshly persecuted dissenters.
1962 World Cup final striker Jozef Adamec dies, aged 76
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Former Czechoslovakia striker Jozef Adamec, the youngest member of the team beaten 3-1 by Brazil in the final of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, has died. He was 76.
The Slovak football association says Adamec died on Monday in hospital in Trnava. The cause of death was not disclosed.
He scored 14 goals in 44 international matches, including a hat trick against Brazil in a friendly in 1968.
Czechs beat defending champion US 3-0 in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP) — Six finals, six victories.
The Czech Republic kept its perfect record in the Fed Cup finals by capturing the trophy for the sixth time in eight years by defeating defending champion United States.
Katerina Siniakova saved two match points before defeating Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the first reverse singles on Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead over defending champion United States in the best-of-five final. The remaining two matches were not played.
Exhibit looks at key traumatic moments in Czechoslovakia
PRAGUE (AP) — The voices of the witnesses are quiet. Their heads are projected on screens behind a chain-link fence in complete darkness at the site of a former monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Their topic: the most painful moments in the history of Czechoslovakia.
Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion
PRAGUE (AP) — A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
Hundreds jeered and booed Babis' arrival for a ceremony in front of the Czech public radio building in downtown Prague, a site of a fierce street battle between unarmed civilians and invading troops in the first hours of occupation where 17 people died.
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AP Interview: Photographer documented 1968 Soviet invasion
PRAGUE (AP) — It's been 50 years, but powerful images of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia taken by photographer Josef Koudelka still resonate among Czechs and elsewhere in the world — they've even been admired in Russia.
PARIS (AP) — Leaders of France, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have met in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the creation of the Czechoslovakia military, which prompted the country's independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
On June 30, 1918, as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was collapsing, France became the first country to formally recognize Czechoslovakia's new government, paving the way to the country's proclamation of independence later that year.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has honored eight Russians who protested the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
The group known as the "Magnificent Eight" gathered on Moscow's Red Square on Aug 25, 1968 in a show of a rare dissent and solidarity with the country. They unveiled banners condemning the occupation before being arrested.
Acting Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky said Friday their act required an "immense bravery."
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Simply putting a pen to paper doesn't create a nation. Such an undertaking takes inspirational leadership and dedicated followers.
One hundred years ago, Pittsburgh was the scene of just such forces, coming together to draw up the Pittsburgh Agreement — the historic one-page document that outlined the unification of the Czech Republic and Slovakia into one nation: Czechoslovakia.
Milos Forman, Oscar-winning director, dies at 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86.
Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut, according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland. Aspland said Forman's wife, Martina, notified him of the death.
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UK Labour chief says Communist spy claims ‘ridiculous smear’
LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party says a claim that he gave information to a Czechoslovak spy during the Cold War is "a ridiculous smear."
Jeremy Corbyn says claims in British newspapers "are increasingly wild and entirely false."
The Sun tabloid last week published details of documents from Czechoslovakia's intelligence archives which, it said, showed Corbyn had met an agent three times in the 1980s. Other newspapers have repeated the claims.
Czech leader loses case on collaborating with secret police
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by the acting Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, against claims that he collaborated with Czechoslovakia's communist-era secret police, officials said Tuesday.
The Slovak-born Babis was suing Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of his secret-police files because Czechoslovakia divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.
Leaders say Czechoslovakia’s peaceful split could be model
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The prime ministers of Slovakia and the Czech Republic say the peaceful split of Czechoslovakia could be an example for other nations, including Spain as it struggles with the restive Catalonia region.
Robert Fico of Slovakia and Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic spoke at a joint news conference in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the 2003 breakup that shaped their two countries.
Russia rejects plaque about Red Army’s commander actions
PRAGUE (AP) — Russia and four other former Soviet republics have protested a plan to attach an explanatory text about the role of Soviet World War II commander Ivan Konev in history to his monument in Prague.
Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument was unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980.
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UNL professor emerita named Czech counsel; role aimed at strengthening ties between Nebraska and Czech Republic
LINCOLN — Officials from Nebraska and the Czech Republic announced Monday they will strengthen their long-standing ties with the creation of an honorary Czech counsel position in Lincoln.
Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek dies at age 91
PRAGUE (AP) — Sculptor Olbram Zoubek, an artist known for taking a death mask of a Charles University student who burned himself to death to protest the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died at age 91.
The Culture Ministry says Zoubek died Thursday in Prague, citing his family.
Jan Palach set himself ablaze in Prague on Jan. 16, 1969, five months after the Warsaw Pact countries crushed the liberal reforms known as the Prague Spring. He died three days later.
PRAGUE (AP) — The children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton from Nazi death camps have unveiled a monument in Prague's main train station to honor their parents.
The Briton arranged eight trains to carry 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia through Germany to Britain at the outbreak of World War II in 1939. He died in 2015 at age 106.
The children were sent to foster parents. Back home, most of their parents died in the Holocaust.
Leader, author, expert talks about how America inspired a revolution in Slovakia
Think of Pavol Demeš as a sort of Thomas Jefferson.
He was, after all, one of the founding fathers of his country, Slovakia. Or, at least the Slovakia that is now part of the democratic West.
VICTORY TOWNSHIP — A giant of a personality with a gentle voice, the diminutive lady with the larger than life story to tell barely cleared the podium from which she spoke.
Raised in the small town of Granger, Mildred Marie Jelinek Beasley lived an adventure rare for a woman born in the early 1900s.
Sailing to Europe by herself at 21, Beasley enrolled at the University of Prague in Czechoslovakia to pursue her doctorate in philosophy.
West Shore Community College, in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Muskegon, will host Kindtertransport survivor Dr. Renata Laxova 12:30 to 1:45 p.m Tuesday at the WSCC Center Stage Theater.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new book that examines previously restricted files from the U.N. War Crimes Commission cites documents showing that Adolf Hitler had been indicted as a war criminal for actions by the Nazis during World War II before his death — contrary to longstanding assumptions.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who ministered clandestinely to Catholics for years while officially working as a window-washer during communist rule in Czechoslovakia, has died at age 84.
The Vatican said Pope Francis sent condolences Saturday praising the emeritus cardinal as a "generous pastor."
Czechoslovak hockey great Josef Augusta dies at 70
PRAGUE (AP) — Josef Augusta, a left winger for Czechoslovakia who later helped coach his country to three world hockey titles, has died. He was 70.
The Czech hockey federation said Augusta died Thursday after a long, serious illness.
In his 100 games, Augusta scored 24 goals and helped Czechoslovakia win the silver medal at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck. The Czech team won the same medal at the 1974, '75 and '78 world championships.
Secret police file: Trump sure of presidential win _ in 1996
PRAGUE (AP) — Nearly 30 years ago, Donald Trump was confident he would win the U.S. presidential election — as an independent in 1996, according to recently uncovered files from Czechoslovakia's Communist-era secret police.
Czechoslovakia was the home nation of Trump's first wife, Ivana, a model, athlete and businesswoman who became the mother of his three oldest children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.
Iva Drapalova, former AP Prague correspondent, dies at 91
PRAGUE (AP) — Iva Drapalova, a former Associated Press correspondent in Prague who covered Czechoslovakia with courage for two decades following the 1968 Soviet-led invasion, has died. She was 91.
Drapalova's family said Tuesday that she died "quietly and suddenly" on Saturday.
After her years with the AP, she worked for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Washington Post and other major U.S. newspapers.
Czech president sorry for wrongly calling US envoy a no-show
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman has apologized for mistakenly accusing the U.S. ambassador to Prague of skipping a ceremony marking the anniversary of Czechoslovakia's independence.
In remarks Wednesday welcoming Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election, Zeman said he hoped the relations between the countries would improve with the new administration.
Child of ‘Britain’s Schindler’ appeals for help for refugees
LONDON (AP) — The daughter of a stockbroker nicknamed 'Britain's Schindler' for saving Jewish children from the Nazis appealed Saturday for the child refugees of today to be treated with similar compassion.
Barbara Winton's late father, Nicholas, rescued more than 650 Czechoslovakian children, most of them Jewish, by putting them on trains to the U.K. and helping them escape Nazi-occupied Europe on the eve of World War II.
Czechs remember late president Vaclav Havel
PRAGUE (AP) — A small square by the National Theater in Prague has been named after Vaclav Havel at a ceremony to mark what would have been the late president's 80th birthday.
Havel was a dissident playwright who led the 1989 Velvet Revolution that toppled four decades of communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia before becoming the Czech Republic's first president. He died on Dec. 18, 2011, at age 75.
Czechs work to move pig farm from former Nazi camp
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is working to remove a communist-era pig farm from the site of a former Nazi concentration camp for Roma, Cabinet ministers said on Tuesday.
Roma activists have long demanded the removal of the farm from Lety, 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Prague, where some 1,300 Czech Roma were sent between August 1942 and August 1943 during the Nazi occupation of what was then Czechoslovakia in World War II.
Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnastics great, dies at 74
PRAGUE (AP) — Vera Caslavska, a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died. She was 74.
The Czech Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Caslavska died in Prague late Tuesday. Caslavska had cancer of the pancreas and underwent surgery last year, the committee previously said. She later had chemotherapy treatment.
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