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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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch