News A policeman stands in front of the residence of Palestine ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal on January 1, 2014 in Prague

The mystery surrounding a New Year’s Day blast that killed the Palestinian ambassador to Prague as he opened a safe at his residence deepened on Thursday as police confirmed they had found weapons at his embassy and staff denied reports that the safe had an explosive anti-burglar device, which had been mistakenly detonated.

The Prague apartment where the explosion occurred

Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamel al-Jamal killed in Prague explosion while moving safe

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic has died after an explosion at his apartment in Prague, police have said.

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Flooded streeets in Dresden's Gohlis district

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19,000 people have been evacuated from the flooding in the Czech Republic

German army soldiers patrol the flooded historic old town of Passau, Germany, on 4 June 2013

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The statue of world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy is partially submerged in water from the rising Vltava river in Prague

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Heavy metal singer Randy Blythe from Lamb of God cleared over Czech fan's death

Randy Blythe, the singer for US metal band Lamb of God, had manslaughter charges against him dropped in a Czech court today following a trial over a fan's death at a concert in Prague three years ago.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic

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