Sep 13, 2016

Puck kills Czech hockey ref

An ice hockey referee in the Czech Republic has died after he was injured in a game. The Czech Ice Hockey Federation announced that Pavel Lainka, age 24, died on Saturday, without elaborating on his injury. According to media reports, Lainka was hit in ...

Gymnastics great Caslavska dies at 74

Aug 31, 2016

Gymnastics great Caslavska dies at 74

Vera Caslavska, a multiple Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died. She was 74. The Czech Olympic Committee on Wednesday said Caslavska died in Prague late Tuesday. Caslavska had cancer of the pancreas and underwent ...

Czechs pick 'Czechia' as nation's alternative name

Apr 15, 2016

Czechs pick 'Czechia' as nation's alternative name

The Czech Republic’s leaders have chosen “Czechia” as the one-word alternative name of their country to make it easier for companies, politicians and sportsmen to use on products, name tags and jerseys. The choice, agreed on Thursday evening by the president, prime minister, heads ...

Apr 8, 2016

Czechs charge California man, 23, with quadruple murder of kin

Prosecutors brought murder charges on Thursday against an American man accused of killing four of his relatives in the Czech Republic and then trying to incinerate their bodies. Kevin Dahlgren, 23, was extradited to the Czech Republic last year after fleeing to the United ...

Dec 4, 2015

Central Europeans set up group to keep Schengen Zone alive

The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland rejected on Thursday the idea of limiting the European Union’s visa-free area to a smaller number of countries and will invite other EU members to help them fight for its survival. Prime ministers of the Visegrad 4 ...

Blows traded as migrant border tensions boil over

Oct 23, 2015

Blows traded as migrant border tensions boil over

Migrants traded punches and scuffled with police at a Serbian border crossing and a man was stabbed in a similar clash on the Slovenian border Thursday, as pent-up pressures on their trek toward hoped-for safe haven in the European Union boiled over. Slovenian police ...

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

Aug 15, 2015

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

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A stingy defensive effort by the Japan men’s basketball team paid off as the home team cruised past the Czech Republic 65-54 in the second game of their three-game exhibition series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Big man Joji Takeuchi led ...