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[l] at 11/21/23 6:50am
The key components, essential for Russian Mi-8 military helicopters and manufactured by Czech company První brněnská strojírna (PBS) Velká Bíteš, reportedly reached Russia through intermediary companies in Kazakhstan and India following the commencement of the Ukrainian invasion. The Ukrainian news source relies on data from the NGO State Watch, suggesting that the Czech firm may have violated European Union sanctions imposed against Russia. PBS Velká Bíteš denies the accusations, asserting that the Indian and Kazakh companies purchasing their power units []

[Category: Czechia, News, Politics]

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[l] at 11/21/23 6:25am
The Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, Karel Rehka, has informed commanders that the Czech army is preparing for a worst-case scenario, specifically a war involving nuclear weapons. He emphasized that relying on perpetual peace is not realistic and highlighted the growing potential for global escalation. Rehka mentioned that the Czech Republics membership in NATO is a significant advantage, and in the event of a conflict, the country would actively participate in defense. Rehka also addressed the []

[Category: Czechia, News, Politics]

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[l] at 11/20/23 3:46am
Germany aims to attract skilled workers from Africa with the promise of a future, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of smooth deportations for those who do not meet the criteria. Chancellor Olaf Scholz shared this dual perspective during the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin, highlighting Germanys interest in fostering economic cooperation with African nations. He acknowledged the substantial workforce in many African countries and the corresponding need for foreign workers in Germany due to its aging population. The chancellor highlighted []

[Category: Economy, News, World]

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[l] at 11/18/23 4:04am
In October, the inflation rate within the European Union decreased to 3.6%, as reported by Eurostat on Friday. Among the 27 countries, the Czech Republic experienced the second-highest inflation at 9.5%, while Hungary led with the highest inflation rate of 9.6%. The Czech Statistical Office revealed that the annual inflation in the Czech Republic for October was 8.5%. Analysts noted that this figure was elevated due to the influence of a cost-saving electricity tariff in the previous October. They anticipate []

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[l] at 11/10/23 12:24pm
Meta Platforms, the American internet company, is gradually introducing Instagram and Facebook subscriptions across Europe. Starting this week, residents in the Czech Republic can now avail themselves of these services. While free access remains an option, it will include advertisements. The primary distinction between paid and free access lies in the display of advertising. Subscribers paying a monthly fee will no longer encounter ads on the platform. The subscription cost varies based on the platform through which users access the []

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[l] at 11/9/23 1:09pm
In South-West Germanys Offenburg, a 15-year-old boy fatally shot his classmate in the head at a school, succumbing to serious injuries later in the hospital. The German police, reporting on Thursday, disclosed that the suspected student had been apprehended. The motive for the attack is believed to stem from a personal dispute, according to preliminary investigations. According to information from the Frankfurter Rundschau newspapers website, the minor entered a classroom and intentionally approached a same-aged classmate, firing at least one []

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[l] at 11/8/23 8:49am
Activist support for Israel, criticism of the UN, plus cutting aid to Africa and underestimating diplomatic contacts. According to foreign policy experts, a cocktail of mistakes by the Czech government may be behind the cancelled visit to Nigeria by Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS). It may backfire on the Czech Republic, unsettle businessmen and thwart its plan to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Czech Republic is running for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security []

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[l] at 11/7/23 3:41am
Jiřina Lužová, the appointed administrator overseeing the insolvency proceedings of Sberbank CZ, has submitted a request to the insolvency court seeking approval for the disbursement of CZK 57 billion to around 16,000 creditors. The proposed disbursement is intended as a partial distribution, and it is anticipated that all categories of creditors may receive 95 percent of their claims within the current year. Pending approval from the court, disbursements could potentially commence by mid-December of this year. This information was relayed []

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[l] at 11/6/23 4:01am
The Israeli military claims to have seized a significant Hamas military facility during an overnight operation. According to Israeli reports, they have targeted 450 locations associated with the Hamas movement in the past 24 hours. However, Palestinian authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have stated that more than 200 people were killed in Israeli attacks during the same period. The Israeli army reports that the captured Hamas military center included training facilities, observation posts, and underground tunnels. They also claim []

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[l] at 11/5/23 11:23am
The European Commission has expressed its concern over the resurgence of fear among Jewish communities in Europe, attributing it to the increase in anti-Semitism since the recent outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the radical Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Commission noted that the numerous signs, attacks, and demonstrations harken back to a dark historical context. The recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents across Europe has reached unprecedented levels, reminiscent of some of the darkest times in history. []

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[l] at 11/3/23 4:39am
In its latest economic projection, the Czech National Bank (CNB) has revised its estimate for this years public finance deficit to 3.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP), an improvement from the previous forecast in August, which had anticipated a deficit of 3.8% of GDP. The outlook for public finances is set to continue improving in the coming years, with a projected deficit of 1.6% of GDP for the next year and 1% of GDP in 2025, as indicated in []

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[l] at 10/30/23 9:26am
In Southern Russia, 60 individuals were apprehended following an anti-Israel demonstration that disrupted traffic at Makhachkala airport on Sunday. During the protest, nine police officers sustained injuries, with two of them hospitalized. The information is reported by Reuters, citing Russias RIA Novosti news agency. Video footage recorded at the airport shows protesters waving Palestinian flags, breaking glass doors, and shouting Allahu akbar (Arabic for God is great). Authorities gradually gained control of the situation, which coincided with the ongoing conflict []

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[l] at 10/30/23 6:25am
On the Czech Republics national holiday, October 28, Defence Minister Jana Černochová of the ODS party made waves with her unexpected stance on the United Nations. In a social media post on the platform X, she called for the Czech Republic to withdraw from the UN, citing her dissatisfaction with the General Assemblys adoption of a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in the context of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Černochová highlighted the fact that only 14 countries, including the Czech []

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[l] at 10/27/23 7:53am
Chedok, a travel agency, is taking swift action to ensure the safety of approximately 500 Czech tourists in the Egyptian resort of Taba on the Red Sea. This proactive response comes in the wake of a rocket striking a medical facility overnight. The Czech Foreign Ministrys spokesperson, Daniel Drake, conveyed this information to ČTK, a Czech news agency, and it was later affirmed by Katarína Pavlíková, a spokesperson for Čedok. Pavlíková emphasized, Our utmost priority is the well-being of []

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[l] at 10/26/23 7:26am
The Czech Republics primary security concern, as highlighted in the 2022 annual report from the Security Information Service (BIS), is the aggressive actions of Russia. The report underscores that Russias full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February of the preceding year posed a significant threat. However, the BIS commended the governments actions in reducing the number of Russian embassy personnel within the country, which contributed to a safer environment by curbing espionage activities. The report further disclosed that the BIS warned []

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[l] at 10/25/23 12:15pm
Prime Minister Petr Fiala, during his visit to Israel, announced the Czech Republics readiness to offer support to Israel, thanks to its robust defense industry. Israel expressed interest in this assistance, although specific details were not disclosed. Fiala emphasized the long-standing historical and current support that Israel has received from the Czech Republic. Following a meeting with individuals affected by the recent attack by the Palestinian radical movement Hamas, Fiala expressed the Czech Republics alignment with the situation. Discussions with []

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[l] at 10/24/23 9:21am
The Czech Republic has embarked on an unprecedented endeavor by securing a substantial loan from the European Investment Bank. This loan, totaling 24 billion crowns, has been earmarked for the comprehensive modernization of the Czech railways, with the ambitious target of achieving these upgrades by 2027. The Ministry of Finance has formalized an agreement with the bank, allocating these funds to a portfolio of forty distinct railway projects. The significance of this loan extends beyond its sheer size, as it []

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[l] at 10/23/23 10:47am
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, has formally presented the ratification of Swedens accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the Turkish Parliament, as reported by AP. However, the timing for the Turkish Parliaments decision on this matter remains uncertain. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson expressed his appreciation for the development, eagerly anticipating Swedens inclusion in the alliance, according to the AP. Of note, Turkey and Hungary are the final two NATO member nations yet to grant []

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[l] at 10/22/23 7:05am
In Detroit, USA, an unidentified assailant fatally stabbed Samantha Woll, a 40-year-old leader of a local synagogue, outside her residence. According to law enforcement, the prominent figure in the local Jewish community likely walked a short distance following the attack before collapsing. Doctors on the scene pronounced her dead. Officers at the scene followed a blood trail leading to the victims home, suggesting that the attack took place there, stated Dan Donakowski of the Detroit Police Department, as reported by []

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[l] at 10/20/23 11:32am
A man died in a collision with a train on Friday evening on the line between Brandýs nad Orlicí and Ústí nad Orlicí. Traffic on the railway corridor is interrupted. Czech Railways said this on the social network X. The operation should be interrupted until 20:30. Two of our vehicles went to the place. We can confirm that these were injuries incompatible with life, Alena Kisiala, spokeswoman for the Pardubice Regions medical rescue service, told ČTK. According to Czech Railways, []

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[l] at 10/20/23 2:58am
There is no imminent threat to the Czech Republic related to events in Israel, and there has been no increase in the risk of a terrorist attack. Prime Minister Petr Fiala, from the ODS party, stated this during a press conference after a meeting of the State Security Council today. He emphasized that there is no information indicating an elevated risk of attacks within the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, the state has implemented a series of measures to safeguard potential targets []

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