Czechs open memorial to student who burned himself to death
PRAGUE (AP) — A new memorial is opening to a university student who burned himself to death in protest at the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government says it has approved a plan to expand use of facial recognition cameras at Prague's international airport.
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.
Activist jailed in Chechnya wins European human rights prize
PARIS (AP) — A human rights campaigner who has been jailed since January in the Russian province of Chechnya has been awarded a prestigious human rights prize by the Council of Europe.
The Council's Parliamentary Assembly on Monday awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Oyub Titiev, who heads the Chechnya branch of Russian human rights center Memorial.
The chairman of Memorial's board accepted the award on Titiev's behalf.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech leaders have paid their respects to three service members whose bodies were transported by military plane to Prague after they were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
President Milos Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babis and other government and military officials attended a ceremony on Wednesday at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport together with the families of the three.
Martin Portnoy, 92, a bandleader whose orchestra performed for decades at Philadelphia affairs ranging from weddings to Liberty Medal ceremonies, died Thursday from kidney-related disease at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Voorhees.
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US-based actor Jan Triska dies after fall from Prague bridge
PRAGUE (AP) — Jan Triska, an actor who moved to the U.S. after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime, has died, more than a day after he fell from Prague's iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80.
Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death Monday. Triska died in Prague's military hospital overnight due to injuries from Saturday's fall, the circumstances of which are unclear.
Songwriter Horacek to run for post of Czech president
PRAGUE (AP) — A popular pop music songwriter is in the running to become the Czech Republic's next president.
Michal Horacek, 64, announced his decision Thursday. He's considered the first serious candidate to challenge President Milos Zeman in the election for the largely ceremonial post, which is planned for early 2018.
Horacek, a former co-owner of a betting agency, says he is not affiliated with any political party and is ready to finance his campaign by himself.
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.
Part of Prague’s iconic Dancing House turns into hotel
PRAGUE (AP) — For many of the millions of tourists who flood the Czech capital every year, taking a selfie in front of the Dancing House has become as important as walking across the medieval Charles Bridge.
The unusual building, which resembles a pair of dancers, is a rare example of contemporary architecture in Prague, which otherwise abounds with picturesque historical buildings, churches and monuments.