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.

Survivors gather to pay tribute to 'British Schindler'

Nicholas Winton rescued 669 children from the Nazis. Yesterday 22 of them returned to Prague to thank him

Leading article: Kindness of strangers

The Second World War produced countless tales of desperate escape facilitated by the kindness of strangers. But few speak to us more movingly than the stories of those individuals who helped Jews, the most vulnerable of all the citizens of Europe between 1939 and 1945, escape the clutches of the Nazis.

Bride of Ice, By Marina Tsvetaeva

As storm-tossed and shock-filled as the times that bred it, Marina Tsvetaeva's ruggedly spectacular poetry traces the path of one smouldering genius through Russia's revolution, turbulent exile in Prague and Paris, and unhappy return to Stalin's terror-stricken Soviet Union.

Petr Cech: 'I always had huge respect for Mr Scolari'

The Chelsea keeper denies claims by the former Chelsea manager that he helped get him the sack last season, as he tells Sam Wallace in Prague

US family's Christmas snap turns up in Czech ad

When Danielle Smith and her family posed for their Christmas card photo last year, they knew they'd share it with family and friends.

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Close-up: Tamsin van Essen

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David Usborne: America reaches out – so must Europe

The President has created at least the spark of a new romance with Europe

48 Hours In: Prague

Browse the markets, feast in elegant restaurants and walk through this miraculously preserved city – a weekend in the Czech capital is most rewarding in the spring.

The unbearable betrayal of Milan Kundera?

The dissident Czech author whose books famously satirise the Communist system was accused yesterday of denouncing a young Western spy in the 1950s. As Anne Penketh reports, it is a claim he vehemently denies

Talks give hope for end to row at TNK-BP

Tony Hayward, the chief executive of BP, has held a meeting with Mikhail Fridman, the billionaire Russian investor who is one of three owners of AAR, the oil giant's partner in its troubled TNK-BP venture.

Lenka Reinerova: German writer in pre-war Prague

Lenka Reinerova was one of that remarkable group of German-speaking writers which included Max Brod, Egon Kisch, Franz Werfel, Rainer Maria Rilke and, above all, Franz Kafka, who lived in Prague before the Second World War. Prague was then the capital of Czechoslovakia, established in 1918, and was an exciting place in turbulent times. As well as Czechs and Slovaks, it had large German and Jewish populations, who contributed to its thriving intellectual life. There were also the German émigrés who had fled after Hitler's takeover of Germany in 1933. German was also widely spoken in the republic.

Zdenek Urbánek: Writer and friend of Václav Havel

Zdenek Urbánek was a Czech writer and translator of English literature with a wide following at home and many friends abroad. He was a close friend of Václav Havel, the playwright and former president, who paid tribute to him last week: "Zdenek Urbánek was one of those rare writers whose talents you recognise at once. He was steadfast in his beliefs and ideals, and his most characteristic quality was consistency. Zdenek and I were lifelong friends. With his departure, a piece of the world I grew up in, and which formed me, is gone forever. He was one of the last great members of his literary generation."

Of Kids & Parents, by Emil Hakl, trans Marek Tomin

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