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.

Levein plays down pressure with goal of keeping advantage in Prague

Having required 96 minutes to deal with Liechtenstein, ranked 141st in the world, Scotland do not embark on their two games in the next five days accompanied by a sense of optimism, certainly not with Spain, standing a mere 140 places higher than the last visitors to Hampden, heading for Glasgow next week.

Film of the week: The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet, 79 mins, (PG)

Starring Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin, Didier Gustin

Battle over legacy of father of Art Nouveau

Prague authorities are demanding Mucha's masterpiece be moved to the capital

The Brothers Bloom (12A)

Rian Johnson's conmen drama starts off very jauntily as the tale of two brothers, one named Stephen (Mark Ruffalo), the other – bafflingly, given the title – named Bloom (Adrien Brody), both clad in the dark suits, white shirts and hats of the silent-comedy era.

Gargling with Tar, By Jáchym Topol, trans. David Short

A tank-ride through the Czech past

Prague Noir, By Sylvie Germain, trs Judith Landrye

A slim volume of only 111 pages (and the ones between chapters are blank), this extended prose poem is nevertheless long enough for its length.

The accidental uprising: How 'corpse' killed Communism

Twenty years after the Velvet Revolution, Victor Sebestyen recalls how the Czech regime fell to a hapless secret plot

Czechoslovakia: the unfinished revolution

1989 Europe's Revolution: As Czechs prepare to celebrate 20 years of freedom, they are also reflecting on what has been achieved since the fall of Communism. John Lichfield reports from Prague

Czechs mark 20th anniversary of Velvet Revolution

At the personal invitation of Vaclav Havel, the BBC's Nick Fraser returns to Prague where he reflects on the events that led to the end of over forty years of Communism

Hiroshima hails Barack, but he's too busy to visit

It was a speech Tsutomu Yamaguchi had waited 64 years to hear. Watching television at home in Hiroshima in April, one of Japan's most famous A-bomb survivors heard an American president call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Mission of the month: How not spoil your trip in Prague? It's written on the beer mat...

A series by diplomats from UK Embassies and High Commissions from around the world

Worthington lifted by trio's determination to keep playing

The Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has secured the long-term futures of three of his senior players ahead of tonight's final World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Feeney fights for fitness to face Czechs

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington is hoping striker Warren Feeney can build up his fitness and take some part in the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on 14 October.

Forgotten authors No.37: Lionel Davidson

Oddly, Lionel Davidson is one of those authors who turns up a lot on the racks of second-hand bookshops, in sexy little Penguin editions that fit a pocket.

Evacuees greet holocaust rescuer

Seventy years ago, a 30-year-old stockbroker named Nicholas Winton stood nervously on a platform at Liverpool Street Station in central London.

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