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.

Milos Zeman (left) thanked Israel's Shimon Peres for referring to his country as Czechia

What's in a name? Czech Republic mulls shock rebranding as Czechia

Support is growing for a national name change. But would ‘Czechia’ really do the trick?

Novak Djokovic steers Serbia to final against Czechs

Serbia earned a place in the Davis Cup final for the second time in four years when wins by Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic saw the 2010 champions come from behind to defeat Canada 3-2 in Belgrade.

Czech woman's brush with death after falling under train

A Czech woman has had a remarkable escape after falling under an oncoming train and crawling out from between carriages unscathed.

Google Doodle celebrates Franz Kafka's 130th birthday with 'The Metamorphosis' tribute

Doodle is based on Kafka’s 1915 novella ‘The Metamorphosis’

Flooded streeets in Dresden's Gohlis district

Thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs evacuated as floods hit central Europe

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

11 dead in central European floods as Germany is hit and Prague remains under water

Historical centre of Prague spared but suburban areas deluged

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration in Ankara, Turkey

Simon Calder: Turkey and Central Europe travel Q&A amid protests and flooding

Our Travel Editor at Large addresses holiday-makers' concerns over planned trips to these two destinations

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

Eight dead as torrential rain sweeps central Europe and leaves Prague under threat of flooding

At least eight people have died and at least two are missing after heavy rain caused landslides and swelled river waters to dangerously high levels

Europe gives us so much more than it takes…

Immanuel Kant's vision of a federation of peaceful nations must have seemed like a distant dream from his idyllic Prussian village. Indeed after his death in 1804, wars would blight the continent of Europe shattering entire political systems and the millions of lives of Europeans aching for some semblance of peace and tranquillity in their lives.

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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Cesar Azpilicueta targeting cup success with Chelsea

Blues remain in the Europa League and FA Cup

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

Turkish prime minister slams half-century delay for EU admission

The Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says it is “unforgivable” that Turkey has been made to wait half a century to become part of the European Union and it should be admitted without delay.

Book of a lifetime: Maus, By Art Spiegelman

In 1987, when I was 15, I read Maus by Art Spiegelman and, like everyone else, I found it brilliant: telling via a comic strip the story of his father, deported to Auschwitz, with the Nazis as cats and the Jews as mice. For the first time, I heard people talk about the "graphic novel".

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