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.

Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic celebrates after match point with team captain Jaroslav Navratil after his four set victory against Nicolas Almagro of Spain during day three of the final Davis Cup match

Stepanek shocks Spain to snatch Davis Cup for Czech Republic

The Czech Republic have won the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation.

Tartan trouble: Craig Levein during Scotland's 2-1 defeat in Cardiff. After the match he blamed the officials

Craig Levein's highs and lows as Scotland manager

Craig Levein has left his role as Scotland manager. Here Press Association Sport looks at his highs and lows in the job.

Travel Challenge: European Christmas markets

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a festive escape to one of Europe’s atmospheric Christmas markets in December. Prices are per person, based on two sharing. Each includes three nights’ accommodation and transport to the respective cities.

Verdict in trial of Kafka's legacy makes author's papers public

The final chapter in Franz Kafka's story ended last week in a Tel Aviv courtroom. It is a tale of death, passion, greed and deception that reads more like an airport thriller than a work by the ascetic Czech author.

The Czech writer Franz Kafka

Verdict in the trial of Kafka's legacy

A legal wrangle for ownership of the Czech master's unseen works has finally ended

Snails, a snake and a hidden stash of $10,000 in cash were all among the items discovered

Lost and found: Passport, check. Bags, check. Got the snake?

If you're someone who has left a phone, a tablet or a laptop in a hotel room, you're not only not alone, but you're also refreshingly normal.

Deals of the week: Prague, Scotland, Caribbean

Less than £200... Throughout October and November, the cosy Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Scotland is offering a two-night escape for £150pp. The deal is based on two sharing and includes dinner on one night and a full Scottish breakfast both mornings, as well as great views (lochlomondarmshotel.com).

Shine a light: Prague Castle illuminated at night

The Hedonist: A hazy night out in Prague

What to see and where to be seen

Czech court grants bail to metal band Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe in fan death case

The frontman of a US heavy metal band detained on suspicion of causing the death of a fan by pushing him off the stage has being released from jail in the Czech Republic after posting bail, a court spokeswoman said today.

Fahim Mohammad, 11, can now travel to the Czech Republic to compete as French junior chess champion

Illegal immigrant who lived in tent conquers France as chess champion

When he arrived illegally in France from Bangladesh aged seven, Fahim Mohammad was just another pawn in the great game of emigration and asylum-seeking.

Euro 2012 Diary: Czech fans set to take over Wroclaw

As joint hosts, Poland would probably have expected a sizable home advantage for each of their matches during the competition, with thousands of red and white-clad folk roaring them home. That may not be the case for Franciszek Smuda's side in tonight's group match against the Czech Republic, though.

Old-school routes into medicine

Ancient institutions are in rude health for UK students

Russian jet crash in Czech Republic injures six

A Russian military jet's landing gear malfunctioned as it touched down in the Czech Republic today, injuring six people when it rolled off the runway, broke apart and caught fire, officials said. At least one man was in life-threatening condition.

Plane diverted to Dusseldorf airport after passenger dies

A plane was forced to make an emergency diversion and land after a passenger died on board, an airline said today.

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