‘No winners’ as hundred mushers brave tough Czech sled dog race

A hundred mushers and ten bikers from 11 countries battled frost and snow at a five-day sled dog race in the Czech Republic, which organisers call one of the toughest in Europe. The 23rd year of the Czech Long Trail has attracted mushers from countries across Europe — including Austria, Croatia, Germany the Netherlands and Serbia. Mushers can choose one of two tracks — 300 kilometres with five stages and an elevation topping 9,000 metres or 200 kilometres with four stages and an elevation of 7,000 metres. In Czech, the race is called Sedivackuv long — bearing the name of a dog that strayed and was shot by a local man just before the first edition of the race in 1997.

‘Hunger stones’ tell centuries-old tale of drought

Recent drought has uncovered so-called hunger stones in the Elbe river in the Czech Republic. The boulder in the northwestern town of Decin, north of the capital Prague, is roughly the size of a utility van and bears the foreboding inscription, “When you see me, weep”.

Barrel organ festival fills Prague with old music

Two dozen barrel organ players displayed their skills in Prague’s city centre within an eight-day festival that has attracted virtuosos from across Europe. Organ grinders from Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic offered music ranging from Mozart or Verdi to ABBA. The festival will continue in other Czech towns and cities, with more players due to take part.

Prague Zoo Celebrates Birth of Baby Gibbon

(14 Aug 2018) Eight days after its birth in captivity, a rare newborn Silvery Gibbon has gone on public display at the Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic. (Aug. 14)

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Czech Republic Just Re-elected A Pro-Trump Nationalist President (HBO)

Czech President Miloš Zeman was elected for a second term Saturday, fending off centrist and pro-EU academic Jiri Drahos in a presidential race that fast became a referendum on Czech identity.

The nationalistic, pro-Trump and anti-EU Zeman is notorious for his brash style of politics, anti-migration rhetoric and as the defender of the country he now calls “Czechia.”

In 2017, the EU survived challenges from right-wing parties in the West of Europe, but in 2018 its authority is under threat from populism in the East.

Zeman has been vocal in his demands for a referendum on EU membership, which is creating another headache for Brussels.

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Candidate Drahos votes in Czech presidential run-off

Pro-European challenger Jiri Drahos voted in the Czech Republic’s presidential run-off on Friday, in which he faces pro-Russian incumbent Milos Zeman. IMAGES

‘Czech Trump’ clinches election victory, eurosceptics boosted

With voters upset over traditional parties and orders from Brussels, billionaire populist Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Trump”, clinches victory in the Czech Republic’s election, while eurosceptics and an anti-Islam group backed by France’s National Front made strong gains. IMAGES