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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Tuesday 23 August 2011
Sunday 21 August 2011
On 21 August 1968, Soviet tanks ended the so-called 'Prague Spring' when they rolled into the Czechoslovakian capital and reasserted Moscow's power.
Josef Suk: Dvorak’s great-grandson who was regarded as one of the finest violin virtuosi of the 20th century
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Josef Suk was one of the world's great violinists, perhaps the supreme lyricist among the major virtuosos of the 20th century, and one of the kindest and most considerate of men. He was also a member of one of music's major dynasties: his great-grandfather was Antoní* Dvorák and his grandfather another composer and violinist, also called Josef Suk.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
An official says a huge nitroglycerine explosion has occurred at a factory in the Czech Republic and that four people are missing.
Monday 07 March 2011
Heda Kovály was a Czech author and translator who wrote the acclaimed memoir Under a Cruel Star describing her imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps and her persecution under Czechoslovakia's communist rule during the 1950s and '60s.
Arnost Lustig: Survivor of three Nazi concentration camps who became an award-winning author and academic
Tuesday 01 March 2011
It is no surprise that Arnost Lustig made the Holocaust the main theme of his works, as many members of his family were among the millions of victims.
Friday 18 February 2011
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is confident they can overcome a difficult Sparta Prague side at Anfield next week.
Thursday 17 February 2011
Jirí Dienstbier: Czech politician who supported the ‘Prague Spring’ and served in his country’s first post-Communist government
Tuesday 18 January 2011
Jirí Dienstbier was Czechoslovakia's first post-Communist foreign minister, who secured his place in history for his prominent part in the dissident movement, led by Václav Havel, that played a decisive role in the "velvet revolution" that peacefully overthrew the Prague Communist regime in 1989. From 1998 to 2001 he served as special rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Commission in the former Yugoslavia.
Friday 24 December 2010
Oscar-winning art designer Pierre Guffroy worked with many of Europe's best-known directors. Equally suited to Bresson's austerity, Buñuel's surrealism and Polanski's absurdism, his designs also helped define some of the best-known films by directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Marcel Camus.
Jiri Novak: Violinist who eschewed a solo virtuoso career to lead the Smetana Quartet for more than 30 years
Monday 08 November 2010
Jiri Novak, the leader of the celebrated Smetana Quartet, was considered to bethe foremost string-quartet leader of his time, and was one whose modesty concealed an enormous talent and profound musicianship.
Sunday 07 November 2010
Beloved the world over for the sweeping minor-major melody of "Vltava", Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems, Má Vlast, has been a monument to Czech independence since its completion in 1879.
Thursday 04 November 2010
A sentence in Jim Jump's obituary of Sam Lesser (1 November) regarding the show trial of Rudolf Slansky and others in Prague, is ambiguous, writes Philip Petchey: "Lesser's reports followed the official party line, though many years afterwards he would admit that his apparent credulity at the time still troubled his conscience." This implies, without saying so, that his credulity was assumed; he knew or guessed the truth, and followed the party line, for the perceived greater good. If so, an interesting position; latterly, presumably, his conscience was troubled because he came to see that truth should not have been compromised for the perceived greater good in circumstances like these.
Monday 11 October 2010
Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston offered a robust defence of the 4-6-0 formation used by Craig Levein in Friday's 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic claiming it was a "great strategy" which could be repeated.
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