Von der Leyen meets Czech PM Babis ahead of EU summit | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in Brussels for the European summit. Babis will also represent Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who is in isolation after having been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

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‘I am Taiwanese’: Czech speaker channels JFK in Taiwan speech | AFP

Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil says “I am Taiwanese” in Mandarin as he delivers a landmark speech to Taiwan’s parliament, invoking a famous Cold War-era phrase by late US president John F Kennedy during a visit that has incensed Beijing.

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Czech blueprint tradition alive and well | AFP

For Jiri Danzinger, settling on a line of work was a no-brainer: he grew up in a Czech family with a long tradition in blueprint dyeing. The 40-year-old craftsman is the 11th generation of a family living off the UNESCO-listed technique in the eastern village of Olesnice.

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Czech team makes ventilators from ‘ordinary’ parts

A Czech business consultant put together a team of several dozen people that quickly developed a fully functional ventilator out of common machine parts. (July 6)

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Visegrad Group Prime Ministers meet in Warsaw | AFP

Polish President and Prime Minister, Andrzej Duda and Mateusz Morawiecki, welcome Czech, Slovak and Hungarian Heads of Government, Andrej Babis, Igor Matovic and Viktor Orban to mark the start of the Polish Presidency in the Visegrad Group. IMAGES of the leaders meeting

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Czech sculptor designs 3D-printed floating house | AFP

A Czech sculptor teams up with architects to design the country’s first 3D-printed house. The house is being made of special concrete in the southern Czech city of Ceske Budejovice and is planned to float on the Vltava River in Prague in August.

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Central Europe leaders hold first face-to-face meet amid virus crisis | AFP

The Prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia meet under tight security measures at the southeastern Czech castle of Lednice for the first face-to-face reunion since the coronavirus pandemic began. Except Poland which has recently reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, the so-called Visegrad countries have been successful in battling the virus owing to timely restrictions. The meeting is believed to be the first time more than two European leaders are meeting in person following the lockdowns. IMAGES

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Czech carmaker suspends production, prints face masks instead | AFP

Czech carmaker Skoda Auto switches to printing respirator masks of the highest class amid the virus spread. Shuttered over the coronavirus infection, the unit of Germany’s Volkswagen produces 60 sophisticated face masks a day. Its prototype and model department is using a design by the Czech Technical University. The certified FFP3-class respirator masks are made of polyamide powder and some silicone and can be reused after disinfection. The components printed at Skoda are equipped with a filter at a Prague company. They are primarily designed for doctors and nurses. For now, Skoda is responsible for financing the production of the gear whose costs reach five euros a piece. The Czech Republic registered 1,775 cases of the virus, ten cured patients and six deaths on Thursday morning.

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Czech bedsheet maker switches to face masks to fight coronavirus | AFP

Just a week ago, the small Czech company Nanospace was producing bed linen using nanomembrane — a textile with a very fine web of nanofibres — to protect allergic sleepers from mites. But as the deadly novel coronavirus started reaping its grim toll in Europe, Nanospace workshops began churning out 10,000 nanomembrane face masks per day for two hospitals in the southern Czech Republic.

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Outside Ostrava hospital where Czech gunman kills six before suicide | AFP

Images of outside the hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic, after a gunman shot and killed six people before taking his own life. IMAGES of

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Prague’s twist on escape games takes player on a ‘tour de beer’ | AFP

Escape rooms’, where thrill seekers solve a series of puzzles to break out of closed areas, have become an increasingly popular global pastime. Some cities like Prague using puzzles to highlight local attractions, like the Czech capital’s famed expertise in brewing tasty beer.

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EU parliament vote for new president begins | AFP

The race to fill top EU jobs moves to the European Parliament as MEPs elected in May vote to choose a new president. The four candidates are German MEP Ska Keller, Spanish MEP Sira Rego, Italian MEP David Maria Sassoli and Czech MEP Jan Zahradil. IMAGES

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Five rhinos resettled in Rwanda from Czech Zoo | AFP

Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos were on Monday successfully relocated to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park after a long journey from the Czech Republic.

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Trump hosts Czech Prime Minister at White House

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his wife, Monika Babisova, to the White House Thursday. Issues on the agenda for discussion include trade, immigration and cybersecurity. (March 7)

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Ripple – Crypto

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Skankandbass alumni Ripple, aka Czech and Slovak producers PmdR & Spill, touch down on Space Pirate Recordings with their ‘Crypto EP’.

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Forbidden Society – Submersion

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After almost a year’s absence, Czech producer Forbidden Society returns with his most ambitious release yet with the ‘Fog Walk EP’.

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‘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.

Thousands rally in Prague to commemorate Jan Palach

Thousands of people marched through central Prague Wednesday to commemorate Czech student Jan Palach who set himself alight exactly 50 years ago in protest against a Soviet-led occupation of former Czechoslovakia. Palach, a Prague philosophy student, poured petrol over his body and set himself on fire at the top of Prague’s central Wenceslas Square on January 16, 1969. He died in hospital three days later.

New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

Vlastimil Gular’s life took an unwelcome turn a year ago: minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer, which led to the loss of his larynx and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using his own voice rather than the tinny timbre of a robot, thanks to an innovative app developed by two Czech universities.