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.

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Obituary: Lubos Fiser

LUBOS FISER was one of the most talented Czech composers of the present middle generation; his death will be deeply felt in his homeland as well as abroad where his music was becoming increasingly performed. He was best known to the wider public for his many film scores, but it is his finely honed other compositions often written under difficult political conditions in the Communist years, and later dominated by personal stresses, that mark him out as a composer of significance.

Books: Czech mating game

Dina Rabinovitch seeks love among the dissidents

Visas may be imposed to halt Czech gypsies

VISA REQUIREMENTS could be imposed on people from the Czech Republic wanting to come to Britain in an attempt to reduce the number claiming asylum, the Home Office said yesterday.

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Obituary: Jir Pelikn

JIRI PELIKAN had the rare skill of surviving - even at times prospering - in potentially risky situations. Holding a key position at the time of the Prague Spring as head of Czechoslovak television, he had already survived five months in a Gestapo jail during the Nazi occupation and the treacherous world of the Stalinist-era Czechoslovak Com-munist Party. As television chief from 1963 he had moved from upholding orthodoxy in a party-controlled dictatorship to presiding over a forum for vigorous political debate.

No sex, please - I'm on holiday

To romp or relax? No contest, says beleaguered boyfriend Simon Bell. Just wake me up for dinner

Film: The oldest teenager in Hollywood

She's been in show business for 14 years, and she's just 17. But somehow, Kirsten Dunst has survived.

Sotheby's faces new challenge

SOTHEBY'S may have overcome the bad publicity arising from a 1997 television expose that showed it arranging the illegal export of a painting from Italy for sale in London but is now facing a new challenge - dealing increasingly with clients from emerging markets where the traffic in art is often conducted in cash.

Obituary: Vclav Benda

VACLAV BENDA, whether in his days as an anti-Communist Catholic activist and dissident or as a post-Velvet Revolution Czech politician, was always opinionated, forthright and uncompromising. An admirer of Margaret Thatcher, he believed the world was black and white, a view that marked profoundly his attitude to politics, philosophy and religion.

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Football: Gallacher rolls with it

THE SEARCH for Kevin Gallacher hardly began auspiciously. After dialling the mobile phone number, an unfamiliar voice was on the other end. "Kevin?" "No, mate," replied an exasperated voice, "you want the Blackburn Rovers player - this is Liam's phone!"

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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