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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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?