Thursday, March 31, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.31.2011

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President pardons man sentenced to six years for shooting

On Wednesday, President Václav Klaus issued an official pardon to a man serving a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. The case of Karel Bašta, who shot at thieves escaping his property, seriously injuring one of them, was recently addressed by the Supreme Court, which upheld the stiff sentence by ruling that in similar cases killing a thief in defence of property needed to be assessed as murder – not manslaughter. By granting a pardon, the president has brought the case to a surprising conclusion, one that the convicted man himself could not have expected.

Environmentalists up in arms over plans for Šumava National Park

The Šumava National Park – a protected nature reserve in southern Bohemia –is at the centre of a row between scientists, environmental activists and the park's new management. The park's new director, former prime minister Jan Stráský, is proposing a radical remedy for the parks bark-beetle infestation problem –a combination of logging and effective insecticides. Critics are up in arms saying the proposed strategy would do irreversible harm to the valuable ecosystems and biotopes in the nature reserve and lower the non-intervention areas in the park from the present 33 to 22 percent, which goes against the general principles of nature reserve protection. Environment activist Vojtěch Kotecký says the new management is about to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Radio Prague Today 3.31.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

President pardons man sentenced to six years for shooting

On Wednesday, President Václav Klaus issued an official pardon to a man serving a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. The case of Karel Bašta, who shot at thieves escaping his property, seriously injuring one of them, was recently addressed by the Supreme Court, which upheld the stiff sentence by ruling that in similar cases killing a thief in defence of property needed to be assessed as murder – not manslaughter. By granting a pardon, the president has brought the case to a surprising conclusion, one that the convicted man himself could not have expected.

Environmentalists up in arms over plans for Šumava National Park

The Šumava National Park – a protected nature reserve in southern Bohemia –is at the centre of a row between scientists, environmental activists and the park's new management. The park's new director, former prime minister Jan Stráský, is proposing a radical remedy for the parks bark-beetle infestation problem –a combination of logging and effective insecticides. Critics are up in arms saying the proposed strategy would do irreversible harm to the valuable ecosystems and biotopes in the nature reserve and lower the non-intervention areas in the park from the present 33 to 22 percent, which goes against the general principles of nature reserve protection. Environment activist Vojtěch Kotecký says the new management is about to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

News 3.31.2011

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News Thursday, March 31st, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled the country's phone and
internet data retention law unconstitutional.

* The Czech foreign debt rose to over 48 percent of the country's GDP
in the third quarter of last year.

* A court in Prague has lifted a ban on a Sudeten Germans' association
in the Czech Republic.

* Nearly 44 percent of Czechs consider themselves poor, according to a
new poll.

* The number of foreign students at Czech universities has quadrupled
over the last four years.

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Top Czech courts rules data retention law unconstitutional
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The Czech Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday the country's phone
and internet data retention law unconstitutional, accepting a complaint
filed last year by 51 Czech MPs. Mobile phone operators and internet
providers in the Czech Republic were required to keep the data over a
period of six months, and make them available to the police and
intelligence service upon request. The court sided with the critics of
the law who pointed out that it violated people's rights to privacy;
judges said the law allowed for a massive interference with fundamental
rights, and failed to provide adequate guarantees against the misuse of
the data.


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Czech foreign debt rises to 48.7 percent of GDP in Q3 of 2010
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The Czech foreign debt rose by 56.8 billion to 1.79 trillion crowns, or
over 103 billion US dollars, in the third quarter of last year,
amounting to more than 48 percent of the country's GDP, the Czech
central bank said on Thursday. The debt increased by nearly 150 billion
crowns year-on-year. The bank said the debt was fuelled primarily by
the banking and government sectors. However, the largest share of the
country's foreign debt - more than 48 percent - is ascribed to the
private sector.


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Czech banks' 2010 profits down at 56 billion: central bank
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Czech banks' last year's net profit dropped by 7 percent to 56 billion
crowns, or over 3.2 billion US dollars, the Czech National Bank said in
a statement on Thursday. The central bank's deputy head, Vladimir
Tomsik, said the Czech banking sector had enough resources, liquidity
and capital, and was resistant to shocks; as such, it presented no
risks for the country's economy. The biggest earner in 2010 was the
CSOB bank, with a net profit of over 13.5 billion crowns, 22 percent
less than the previous year. Ceska sporitelna made 12 billion, a drop
of 4.5 percent, while Komercni banka posted a profit of 13.3 billion
crowns which was 21 percent more than in 2009.


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Prague court lifts ban on Sudeten German association
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A court in Prague has lifted a ban imposed by the Czech Interior
Ministry on a Sudeten Germans' association in the Czech Republic, the
news website lidovky.cz reported on Thursday. The ministry refused in
2009 to register the association; officials argued that the group would
try to breach the so-called Benes decrees which stripped around three
million ethnic Germans of the citizenship and property after WWII.
However, the court said this alone was not sufficient ground to refuse
registration.


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Poll: 44 percent of Czechs consider themselves poor
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Some 44 percent of Czechs consider themselves poor, according to a new
poll by the STEM agency released on Thursday. Their share is the same
as in 2000, and the highest since 1993, the agency said. People with
lower education generally tend to consider themselves poorer that those
with university degrees; families with more children are also less
likely to feel poor than people living alone.


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Number of foreign students at Czech universities quadruples
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The number of foreign students at Czech universities has quadrupled in
the last four years, an official from the Education Ministry said on
Thursday. There are now 38,000 foreign students at public and private
universities in the Czech Republic; around a third of them are enrolled
in economic studies programmes while some 17 percent study sciences.
About 15 percent of foreigners study medicine and around the same
number humanities. There are around 400,000 students currently
attending 28 public and 45 private universities in the Czech Republic.


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Opposition calls on deputy Prague mayor to step down over police
investigation
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Members of the Prague city council for the opposition TOP 09 party
called on Thursday on deputy mayor Karel Brezina, from the Social
Democrats, to step down. Mr Brezina faces unspecified charges in
connection with his membership on the boards of several firms that went
bankrupt. Mr Brezina, who denies any wrongdoing and has filed a
complaint against the police actions, can rely on support from his
party and well as the Civic Democrats who control the City Hall.


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Police evacuate Ostrava City Hall over false bomb threat
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Police evacuated on Thursday the entire city hall in Ostrava, in the
north east of the country, after an anonymous caller said a bomb had
been planted inside. Hundreds of city clerks had to leave their offices
in three buildings in the centre of the city as the caller did not say
where exactly the bomb was supposed to be; the premises was searched by
a bomb squad but no explosives were found.


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Central bank withdraws fifty-crown banknote
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The Czech National Bank has withdrawn the 50-crown banknote from
circulation. Thursday was the last day when people could pay with the
bill. The banknote has been replaced with a 50-crown bi-metallic coin.
The central bank made the decision last year in view of lowering direct
expenditures associated with issuing money. After Thursday, people will
be able to exchange the bills at all commercial banks for a period of
12 months or the Czech National Bank for a period of seven years.


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Hockey: Trinec beat Slavia Prague to equalize semifinal series
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Trinec beat Slavia Prague 5:3 on Wednesday night, tying the hockey
playoffs' best-of-seven semifinal series at 3:3. Slavia took an early
lead when Pavel Kolarik hit the top corner of the goal in the second
minute. Trinec soon came back and equalized but Slavia added another
goal, winning the opening period 2:1. The visitors however scored three
goals in the second which proved too much for the hosts. Regular season
winners Trinec will face Slavia at home on Friday in the series'
seventh game. The winner will play Vitkovice in the league finals.


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Weather
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The end of the week will be overcast with occasional rain. Daytime
highs should range between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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President pardons man sentenced to six years for shooting
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On Wednesday, President Vaclav Klaus issued an official pardon to a man
serving a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. The case of
Karel Basta, who shot at thieves escaping his property, seriously
injuring one of them, was recently addressed by the Supreme Court,
which upheld the stiff sentence by ruling that in similar cases killing
a thief in defence of property needed to be assessed as murder - not
manslaughter. By granting a pardon, the president has brought the case
to a surprising conclusion, one that the convicted man himself could
not have expected.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/137311


Environmentalists up in arms over plans for Sumava National Park
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The Sumava National Park - a protected nature reserve in southern
Bohemia -is at the centre of a row between scientists, environmental
activists and the park's new management. The park's new director,
former prime minister Jan Strasky, is proposing a radical remedy for
the parks bark-beetle infestation problem -a combination of logging and
effective insecticides. Critics are up in arms saying the proposed
strategy would do irreversible harm to the valuable ecosystems and
biotopes in the nature reserve and lower the non-intervention areas in
the park from the present 33 to 22 percent, which goes against the
general principles of nature reserve protection. Environment activist
Vojtech Kotecky says the new management is about to throw the baby out
with the bathwater.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/137317


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Daily Bulletin | 31.03.2011, 18:30 UTC

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31.03.2011, 18:30 UTC
DAILY BULLETIN

DW-WORLD.DE's top stories from Germany and Europe

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Overview of Topics

* NATO to investigate reports of civilian deaths in Libyan airstrikes
* Winds of change
* New safety measures could hasten scrapping of German nuclear plants
* Irish bank stress tests reveal 24-billion-euro black hole
* Germany jobless rate hits record low but consumers still wary
* Police thwart bomb plot against soccer club Borussia Dortmund
* Germany offers Japan robots for nuclear clean-up
* Oil companies react to Germans' distrust of E10 fuel
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* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Global Media Forum 2011

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NATO to investigate reports of civilian deaths in Libyan airstrikes

NATO is looking into reports that at least 40 civilians were killed in
Libya following allied airstrikes. This comes after NATO officially took
over full control of all military operations, replacing a US-led coalition.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Winds of change

Following the fall of the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia, popular protests
calling for democratic change have been sweeping throughout the Middle
East. We provide in-depth coverage and analysis on the unrest.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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New safety measures could hasten scrapping of German nuclear plants

The German environment minister has announced criteria for nuclear safety
tests to be carried out by mid-June. The results may determine the future
of Germany's energy policy amid growing anxiety about nuclear power.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Irish bank stress tests reveal 24-billion-euro black hole

Ireland's central bank has revealed that four of the country's major
lenders need billions more euros to ensure survival in another economic
downturn. Dublin may be forced to effectively nationalize its banking
sector.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Germany jobless rate hits record low but consumers still wary

The number of Germans looking for work fell in March as Europe's largest
economy continued to rebound from the financial crisis. Consumption levels,
however, dropped slightly.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Police thwart bomb plot against soccer club Borussia Dortmund

Police in Germany have uncovered a bomb threat to top German soccer club
Borussia Dortmund after explosives were found near the club's ground. A
25-year-old man has been taken into custody.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Germany offers Japan robots for nuclear clean-up

Japan says it is considering an offer from German Chancellor Angela Merkel
to send remote-controlled robots to help clean up and repair earthquake and
tsunami damage at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Oil companies react to Germans' distrust of E10 fuel

Fuel containing 10 percent ethanol has been on the German market for four
months now, but many drivers are still unwilling to buy it. Fuel companies
are struggling to balance consumer demands with government regulations.

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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
World - Challenges for the Media", international conference, 20-22 June
2011, Bonn/Germany

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Asia Compact | 31.03.2011, 18:00 UTC

DEUTSCHE WELLE / DW-WORLD.DE Newsletter

31.03.2011, 18:00 UTC
ASIA COMPACT

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Overview of Topics

* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Press review: Indian cricketers defeat Pakistan
* Handouts and shelters
* India's RTI activism threats
* Snappy pop music for Kazakh snap election
* Global Media Forum 2011
* Walled in! - The inner German border
* PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org
* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* DW Asia goes multimedia
* All about 2010 FIFA World Cup
* Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven
* Travel Europe on a shoestring
* An interactive research trip to Papua New Guinea
* Join us for a jungle expedition

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Find out what's making the news across Asia

Our daily reports and analysis on a wide range of issues from the world of
politics, business and culture provide an in-depth look at what's going on
in that part of the world.

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Press review: Indian cricketers defeat Pakistan

Newspapers in both countries are full of the 'epic showdown' between the
rival neighbors in Mohali. India defeated Pakistan by 29 runs in the World
Cup semi-final to set up a final against Sri Lanka.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Handouts and shelters

The earthquake and tsunami of March 11 have left thousands of people
homeless in Japan. Hundreds of thousands have been living in shelters since
the disasters, waiting to see what the future has in store.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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India's RTI activism threats

Six years on since India's Right to Information Act (RTI) came into
force, it has unleashed a spate of violence, and many activists struggling
for transparency and openness have been facing dangerous threats.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Snappy pop music for Kazakh snap election

Kazakhstan is going to hold snap elections on April 3rd. A landslide
victory for the incumbent presiden Nazarbayev is almost inevitable. The
only thing that the Kazakhs are unsure off is the election turnout.

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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
World - Challenges for the Media", international conference, 20-22 June
2011, Bonn/Germany

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Walled in! - The inner German border

For the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Deutsche Welle has
developed a unique project in cooperation with the Berlin Wall Foundation:
an animated depiction of the former German-German border.

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DW Asia goes multimedia

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Welle's new Asia page in English at www.dw-world.de/asiacompact.

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All about 2010 FIFA World Cup

Keep up with all the action around the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Visit
DW-WORLD.DE for the complete coverage of the tournament.

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Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

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starting Sept. 9. Also, don't miss the LIVE-STREAM of all nine Beethoven
symphonies from Sept. 9-12, interpreted by conductor Paarvo Jarvi.

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An interactive research trip to Papua New Guinea

Join our reporter on an interactive journey to Papua New Guinea and visit
the country's protected forests. You can speak to the local people and find
out more about their communities.

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Join us for a jungle expedition

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Guyana when we take you on a virtual tour. Our new WebDoc provides an
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2011-03-30 18:08:00
Ukraine, Brunei abolish visas.
During the state visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to Brunei
Darussalam, bilateral documents were signed.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142273

2011-03-30 17:31:00
Number of smokers reduced in Ukraine.
Over the last 2 years the number of smokers has decreased by 13%. The reduction
has been achieved through the implementation in Ukraine of the state target
social program to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco on health till 2012, the
Ministry of Healthreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142284

2011-03-30 17:16:00
Cabinet seeks to bring economy to pre-crisis level by mid-2012.
All sectors of Ukrainian economy by mid-2012 should reach pre-crisis level,
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said at the Cabinet of Minister's meeting on
Wednesday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142275

2011-03-30 16:57:00
Share of bad loans at banks reaches 21% in 2010.
Despite the fact that the largest banks in Ukraine last year consistently spoke
about emergence from the crisis and the resumption of lending, their performance
deteriorated, while the share of loans overdue more than 90 days (bad loans)
increased by 5.6 percentage points in 2010, to 21%, according to the
Kommersant-Ukrainenewspaper.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142268

2011-03-30 16:34:00
Kyiv develops tour itineraries for UEFA EURO 2012.
Kyiv City State Administration has developed 13 special tour itineraries for
visitors of the UEFA 2012 European Football Championship to be held in Poland
and Ukraine, the press service of the KSCA reported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142285

2011-03-30 15:19:00
Kliuyev to visit Turkmenistan.
Ukraine's First Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Economic Development Andriy
Kliuyev will pay a working visit to Turkmenistan March 31 - April 1 to attend
the 2nd meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Ukraine-Turkmenistan Commission
for Economic Cooperation, information from the Kliuyev's press office as
ofThursday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142276

2011-03-30 14:21:00
Ambassador Izawa: Japan to further finance all Chornobyl projects.
Japan will continue to fund all Chornobyl projects in Ukraine, Japan's
ambassador to Ukraine Tadashi Izawa told Deutsche Welle.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142277

2011-03-30 13:12:00
Ukraine wants to cooperate with Brunei in energy, investment.
Ukraine is interested in establishing effective cooperation with Brunei in
energy and investment areas, chairman of the State Agency for Investment and
National Projects Management Vladyslav Kaskiv told Ukrainianreporters.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142274

2011-03-30 11:25:00
Interbank opens with euro up.
Trades at the Ukrainian interbank foreign exchange market opened in the range of
7.9705-7.9745 UAH/USD.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142280

2011-03-30 11:04:00
Brussels to host next round of talks on EU-Ukraine association agreement on
April 5.
Brussels will host a plenary meeting on April 5 as part of the 18th round of
talks between Ukraine and EU on signing the association agreement.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=142272


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From the Heart of Europe | 31.03.2011, 14:00 UTC

DEUTSCHE WELLE / DW-WORLD.DE Newsletter

31.03.2011, 14:00 UTC
FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE

An inside perspective on key events that impact Germany and Europe

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Overview of Topics

* EU shores spread to Indian Ocean island
* Recycling criminals take Bundesbank for millions
* Germany jobless rate hits record low but consumers still wary
* Oil companies react to Germans' distrust of E10 fuel
* Calls for currency flexibility dominate China G20 meeting
* Radiation limits on Japanese food under fire
* Kosovo's president steps down after election ruled invalid
* Berlusconi visits Lampedusa, promises to remove migrants
* Berlusconi team calls for Clooney, Ronaldo as witnesses in sex trial
* Dutch court orders resumption of Wilders race hate trial
* Global Media Forum 2011
* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org

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EU shores spread to Indian Ocean island

Mayotte, a French protectorate since 1841, officially became a part of
France on March 31. As a result, the Indian Ocean island is the newest
territory belonging to the European Union.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Recycling criminals take Bundesbank for millions

Germany's central bank has been scammed by a clever group of criminals.
Flight attendants were co-opted to smuggle disassembled euro coins back
from China, where they had been sent for recycling, prosecutors say.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Germany jobless rate hits record low but consumers still wary

The number of Germans looking for work fell in March as Europe's largest
economy continued to rebound from the financial crisis. Consumption levels,
however, dropped slightly.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Oil companies react to Germans' distrust of E10 fuel

Fuel containing 10 percent ethanol has been on the German market for four
months now, but many drivers are still unwilling to buy it. Fuel companies
are struggling to balance consumer demands with government regulations.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Calls for currency flexibility dominate China G20 meeting

France and the US have used the opening day of the G20 meeting in China to
expound greater exchange rate flexibility and a strengthening of the
International Monetary Fund as a way to improve global financial stability.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Radiation limits on Japanese food under fire

The European Union has introduced more frequent checks on food from certain
regions in Japan, but some experts say the radiation limits don't protect
human health.

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Kosovo's president steps down after election ruled invalid

Kosovan President Behgjet Pacolli has resigned after a top court ruled his
election invalid following accusations of irregularities. The
multi-millionaire's resignation could lead to fresh elections.

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Berlusconi visits Lampedusa, promises to remove migrants

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Lampedusa, the destination of thousands of north African migrants. He
assured residents that their call for help was being answered.

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Berlusconi team calls for Clooney, Ronaldo as witnesses in sex trial

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Dutch court orders resumption of Wilders race hate trial

After months of adjournments and objections, a Dutch court has given the
go-ahead for the race hate trial of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert
Wilders, who faces charges including inciting hatred.

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RCMP arrest terror suspect

TORONTO: Canada's national police force says terrorism charges have been filed against a 25-year-old man arrested Tuesday at Toronto's Pearson International airport. RCMP Investigators say Mohamed Hassan Hersi was heading to Somalia to join the al-Qaida linked militia Al-Shabaab which is trying to overthrow Somalia's transitional government. Mr. Hersi is charged with attempting to participate in terrorist activity and providing counsel to a person to participate in terrorist activity. He's due in court Friday for a bail hearing.



Green Party Leader vows to fight debate exclusion

The leader of Canada's federal Green Party, Elizabeth May, is furious over a decision not invite her to take part in the party leaders' broadcast debates. Ms May, whose party has never elected a Member of Parliament to the House of Commons, says the decision to exclude her is high-handed, arbitrary, and an affront to democracy.Ms. May was grudgingly allowed to take part in the 2008 election debates, but only after a fierce public outcry over her exclusion. At the time, the Greens had one MP in the Commons, Blair Wilson, who had been elected as a Liberal.



Leaders campaign

Canada's political leaders are campaigning in different parts of the country as they gear up for the May 2nd election. Prime Minister Stephen Harper started the day in the Toronto suburb of Brampton, Ontario before heading to Montreal for a rally. The Conservative Party leader is promising to restore a one-year, $1,000 tax credit announced in last week's budget, to help small businesses face higher employment insurance premiums. The leader of the New Democratic Party, Jack Layton was also campaigning in the Toronto suburbs today, proposing a 2.3-billion-dollar job-creation plan. It would reduce taxes for small business and provide tax credits for companies that hire new staff. Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff was in the Pacific coast city of Vancouver, where he promised a series of measures to boost pensions and help Canadians save for retirement.



Soldier's remains returned

The remains of the latest Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan returned homeWednesday. Cpl. Yannick Scherrer of the 1st Battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment was on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed Sunday by a roadside bomb. The 24-year-old Montrealer had been on a foot patrol with the Afghan National Army near the village of Nakhonay, southwest of Kandahar city. His death brings to 155 the number of Canadian troops killed since the Afghan mission began in 2002. Two Canadian aid workers, a diplomat and a journalist have also been killed there.



Canadian military prepares for Arctic emergencies

The Canadian military is about to deploy its first ever rapid response force in the Arctic to see how it would deal with an emergency. They'll be testing a plan which aims to have soldiers reach the scene of a plane crash, environmental disaster or shipping accident anywhere in the Arctic, within 6 hours. The plan involves northern-based Ranger reserve units, chartered airplanes and command and communications officers from Yellowknife. A recent paper in the Canadian Military Journal said Canada's Arctic search and rescue capabilities haven't improved much since the 1991 crash of a Hercules transport plane on Ellesmere Island.



Manitoba braces for flooding

GYPSUMVILLE, Manitoba: The threat of flooding has prompted authorities in Manitoba to re-locate about 30 people people from a First Nation that sits at the junction of the Dauphin River and Lake Winnipeg. With provincial officials anticipating substantial flooding this spring, the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters says it's stockpiling thousands of sandbags and bringing in extra resources. Several waterways in the province, including the Red, Assiniboine and Souris rivers are being monitored closely for possible flooding.



PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE RESUMES

The Canadian National Raiway says full service on its Via Rail passenger trans resumed today on its Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa lines. Travel on those lines had been suspended since Sunday when 25 cars of a C-N freight train derailed east of Toronto, forcing Via to use buses to get affected passengers to their destinations.



NO NEW TAXES IN ONTARIO BUDGET

The Canadian province of Ontario has tabled a budget that has no new tax increases. The budget also calls for Ontario's deficit to be reduced to 16.3 billion dollars in the fiscal year that starts Friday. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says it will be another six years before the deficit is eliminated. He also says it's an election budget. The next provincial election in Ontario election is set for October 6th.





International

Japan

Japanese authorities are reporting the highest radiation levels yet in the seawater surrounding the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Tests have found that seawater 300 meters outside the plant contains 33-hundred-55 times the legal limit for radioactive iodine. Japanese nuclear safety officials insist the amount of iodine-131 found south of the plant does not pose an immediate threat to human health, but they admit it is a "concern." Highly toxic plutonium also has been detected in the soil outside the plant, fueling suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking from the Fukushima plant's damaged nuclear fuel rods. Authorities are now planning to spray resin on the ground around the plant in a bid to slow the spread of radioactive particles. They'll put that plan to the test Thursday to see if the resin is successful in glueing the particles to the ground. And, in another development TEPCO, the company that operates the Fukushima plant, has announced it will shut down the four stricken reactors for good.



Libya

Libyan rebels have been forced out of the key oil port of Ras Lanouf after coming under heavy shelling from ground forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. NATO planes flew over the area where the heaviest fighting was taking place and launched a new wave of air strikes against Colonel Gadhafi's forces. Meantime, the East African country of Uganda has become the first nation to offer sanctuary to Moammar Gadhafi. A spoksman for the president says the Libyan leader is welcome to live there.



North Korea

North Korean representatives were sounding optimistic as they emerged from three days of talks with former U.S. officials on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The head of the North Korean contingent, Ri Gun, says they agreed to resolve their concerns through negotiation. Since the meetings were unofficial, he did not elaborate further and took no questions. Talks involving China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Russia began in 2003 to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for aid. But, the talks broke down two years ago when North Korea was criticised for firing a long-range rocket. North Korea and China recently called for a resumption of those negotiations.



China (Libya)

The president of China is using unusually strong language to express his country's reservations about the Western bombing campaign in Libya. President Hu Jintao warned his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy that force will not resolve the conflict and could result in a divided Libya. Pesident Hu is calling for an immediate ceasefire saying China "is not in favour of the use of force in international affairs."



Russia (Libya)

Russia's foreign minister is warning the West against arming Libya's rebels and is calling for a speedy end to hostilities. Sergey Lavrov says Libya needs a new, democratic regime, but it's up to the Libyans to make the changes without outside interference. Mr. Lavrov says Russia shares concerns that some of Moammar Gadhafi's opponents could have ties to al-Qaida and warned that the instability could spread from Libya to other regions. Russia abstained in the United Nations vote that authorised the military operation against forces loyal to Colonel Gadhafi, and has been expressing concern about civilian casualties and excessive use of force since the operation began.



Syria

Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad is blaming "conspirators" for the unprecedented wave of dissent against his regime today. But in his first speech since the protests began nearly two weeks ago, President Assad failed to lift the country's despised emergency law and made no concessions to his opponents. Within hours of the address, there were reports that troops had opened fire during a protest by about 100 people in the port city of Latakia. It wasn't immediately clear though, whether the soldiers were firing in the air or at the protesters.



Caucasus

Police in the volatile North Caucasus region of Ingushetia have shot and killed two militants who'd opened fire on them during an identity check. The gunmen, who were wanted on terrorism charges, shot at the officers when they were asked to show their papers at a bus stop in the village of Nizhny Alkun. Today's (Wednesday's) shootings come in the wake of a major coup by Russian special forces on Monday. 17 militants were killed in a precision air strike on their base in Ingushetia. Russian authorities are conducting tests ton confirm whether the dead include the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, Doku Umarov. Russia fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s, and the violence has since spread into the nearby regions of Dagestan and Ingushetia.





Financial

Wednesday's markets

In Toronto, The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 153.23 points to 14,083.58. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 71.6 points to 12,350.61. The Nasdaq composite index was up 19.9 points at 2,776.79, while the S&P 500 index gained 8.82 points to 1,328.26. Oil lost 52 cents to close at US$104.27 a barrel.

The Canadian dollar settled at 102.95 cents US, up 0.35 of a cent. The U.S. dollar stood at 97.13 cents Cdn, down 0.34 of a cent. Pound sterling closed at C$1.5617, up 0.12 of a cent and US$1.6078, up 0.68 of a cent. The euro was worth C$1.3719, down 0.33 of a cent.



U.S. eyes Canadian oil

U-S President Barack Obama singled out Canada when outlined a new energy plan Wednesday. The president suggests Canada will play a role as his country tries to wean itself from its reliance on oil from the Middle-East and North Africa where bloody uprisings are threatening the supply. Mr. Obama's new plan, which he outlined in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, signals good news for Alberta's oilsands and the Transcanada Keystone pipeline that will bring the Alberta oil to the United States. The president's speech came on the eve of a hearing in the House of Representatives entitled "The Urgent Case for Canadian Oil."



Tourism

OTTAWA: Foreigners aren't spending as much in Canada, but Canadians are making up for it. New figures from Statistics Canada show domestic tourism spending was up by 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter, while spending by foreign visitors was down by 0.2 percent. There was higher spending on accommodation, food and beverage services and on non-tourism commodities like groceries, souvenirs and clothing which contributed to the overall increase in tourism spending at home. Foreign visitors spent less on air travel and non-tourism items, but spent more on accommodation, food and drink, and; recreation and entertainment.



National Bank frowns on stock market merger

MONTREAL: The head of the National Bank of Canada is warning that planned merger of the Toronto and London stock exchanges will interfere with Canada's ability to raise capital for its natural resources sector. CEO Louis Vachon says the National Bank also objects to the deal because it doesn't offer shareholders a premium. The National Bank, which is Canada's 6th largest bank, holds 1.3 million shares in TMX, the company that operates the Toronto stock exchange. Mr Vachon also describes the London exchange as a relatively weak strategic partner, and says the TMX's financial plan is stronger. He says it would be preferable that ownership of the derivatives business remain in Canadian hands than simply be regulated in Canada.





Weather

Weather

Canada's weather for Thursday. In the Canadian north, sunny in Iqaluit and minus 15 degrees Celsius. Flurries in Yukon and 7 degrees in Whitehorse. Rain in British Columbia with a high of 12 in Vancouver. A mix of sun and cloud in Alberta, clearing in Saskatchewan and possible showers in Manitoba with highs of 6 in Edmonton, 1 in Regina and 3 in Winnipeg. A chance of showers or flurries in Ontario and a mix of sun and cloudy in Quebec. Sunny in the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Possible flurries in Newfoundland. Some temperatures: 5 in Toronto, 4 in Ottawa, 7 in Montreal, 9 in Halifax and 1 in St. John's.





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Radio Prague Today 3.30.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Top court rejects complaint against gerrymandering in Prague's local elections

The Czech Constitutional Court dismissed on Tuesday a complaint by three political parties contesting last October's local elections in the capital. Public Affairs, the Green and the European Democrat parties argued the elections were unfair due to gerrymandering, dividing Prague into seven districts, which diminished their prospects at the polls. The court said however the parties failed to prove the division was intended to hurt their chances.

Czech football squad secures obligatory win over Liechtenstein

The Czech national football squad defeated Liechtenstein in their 2012 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday, a win that was seen as obligatory against the football minnows. Striker Milan Baroš and Michal Kadlec both scored to secure the team's 2:0 win. Despite the success, the squad's play, especially in the second half, was less than scintillating and many are critical the Czechs will have to improve significantly in September if they want to get to the final competition. Earlier I spoke to sports journalist Karel Haring and asked him for his impressions from Tuesday's game.

Detective work and restoration work fills gaps in unique Czech historical archive

Langhans photographic gallery is currently celebrating the 130th anniversary since the original studio, which became the most famous in the country, was founded in the centre of Prague in 1880. A fraction of the million and a half negatives that were built up there over the following seven decades now forms a valuable pictorial archive which is still being worked on and conserved for the future by a specially created foundation. We look at the archive, ongoing restoration and future plans.

Radio Prague Today 3.30.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Top court rejects complaint against gerrymandering in Prague's local elections

The Czech Constitutional Court dismissed on Tuesday a complaint by three political parties contesting last October's local elections in the capital. Public Affairs, the Green and the European Democrat parties argued the elections were unfair due to gerrymandering, dividing Prague into seven districts, which diminished their prospects at the polls. The court said however the parties failed to prove the division was intended to hurt their chances.

Czech football squad secures obligatory win over Liechtenstein

The Czech national football squad defeated Liechtenstein in their 2012 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday, a win that was seen as obligatory against the football minnows. Striker Milan Baroš and Michal Kadlec both scored to secure the team's 2:0 win. Despite the success, the squad's play, especially in the second half, was less than scintillating and many are critical the Czechs will have to improve significantly in September if they want to get to the final competition. Earlier I spoke to sports journalist Karel Haring and asked him for his impressions from Tuesday's game.

Detective work and restoration work fills gaps in unique Czech historical archive

Langhans photographic gallery is currently celebrating the 130th anniversary since the original studio, which became the most famous in the country, was founded in the centre of Prague in 1880. A fraction of the million and a half negatives that were built up there over the following seven decades now forms a valuable pictorial archive which is still being worked on and conserved for the future by a specially created foundation. We look at the archive, ongoing restoration and future plans.

News 3.30.2011

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Copyright (c) 2011 Radio Prague (Cesky Rozhlas 7 - Radio Praha)

News Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Up to 25 people are reported injured in a truck-train crash in
Moravia.

* The cabinet has approved an amendment to the law that would enable
the direct purchase of military equipment from abroad.

* The Euobserver warns that euro-pact refuseniks will find themselves
sidelined from important decision making in the future.

* President Klaus has granted a pardon to a man who is serving a
six-year-sentence for attempted murder after shooting at thieves on his
property.

* The Prison Service says it cannot be blamed for the recent suicide
attempt by a man suspected of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old
girl.

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Truck-train crash injures 25
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Up to 25 people are reported to have been injured in a truck-train
crash in Moravia on Wednesday. Twenty people were taken to hospital for
treatment, mostly with lighter injuries, the rest were attended to on
the spot. No one was killed in the accident. The crash happened shortly
after midday when a Polish truck driver went through the crossing
moments before a train was to pass through. The crash derailed the
passenger train which was carrying 120 passengers. The cause of the
accident is being investigated.


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Cabinet approves amendment on direct purchase of military equipment
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The cabinet has approved an amendment to the law that would enable the
direct purchase of military equipment from abroad. The amendment was
drafted by the Defense Ministry in view of limiting the influence of
third party intermediaries which it is currently bound to use. Defense
Minister Alexander Vondra said a recent fiscal audit had shown that in
the past six years purchases via intermediaries had increased the price
of military orders by a staggering 1.5 billion crowns. Mr. Vondra said
the waste had been the result of a preference for exploiting available
funds rather than fulfilling real needs.


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EU observer says Euro Pact refuseniks will be sidelined from important
decision-making
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The Euobserver warns that euro-pact refuseniks will find themselves
sidelined from important decision making in the future. The internet
daily notes that by opting to stay outside the pact the Czech Republic,
Sweden, Hungary and the UK will find themselves excluded from euro-pact
summits and will get relevant information second-hand. The EUobserver
notes that this fact motivated even countries nervous about joining the
single currency to jump on the bandwagon. Analysts cited by the paper
say that despite the strong anti-euro rhetoric from Czech President
Vaclav Klaus the Czech Republic is not likely to remain outside the
Euro Pact for very long. Paradoxically one of the reasons the Czech
representation gave for staying out was that it had been presented with
a take-it-or-leave -it deal tailored by France and Germany.


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Man who protected his property with a gun gets presidential pardon
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President Klaus has granted a pardon to a man who is serving a six year
sentence for attempted murder after shooting at thieves on his
property. Karel Basta, the owner of a scrap yard near Brno, defended
his property with a gun during a break-in two years ago, opening fire
at an escaping car and seriously injured a group of youths. One of the
passengers - a young woman- was blinded. Basta was charged with
attempted manslaughter and subsequently sentenced to six years in
prison. The charge of manslaughter though was later upgraded to
attempted murder by a higher court. The president's office said the
pardon was granted in view of the man's previously clean criminal
record and good reputation as well as the fact that he had offered the
injured youths financial compensation.


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Prison service head says authorities not to blame for child murder
suspect's suicide attempt
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The head of the Czech prison service Jiri Tregl said on Wednesday that
the service could not be blamed for the suicide attempt by the man
suspected of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Prague last
October. Mr. Tregl said that the usual preventative measures had been
taken to protect the suspect inside the prison-house. He said that he
had shared a cell with a foreign national who spoke no Czech and was
unaware of the circumstances of the case. Moreover the child murder
suspect had undergone a session with a psychologist at which he showed
no signs of a mental breakdown which would have merited special
treatment. The suspect attempted to hang himself using a rope made from
his own clothes. He suffered a swelling of the brain and died within 48
hours in hospital.


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Drtikol's photo back in its place
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Photographer Frantisek Drtikol's most famous photograph The Wave which
was stolen from the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is back in its
place, the CTK news agency reported on Wednesday. The photograph was
returned by the police and its authenticity has been verified. The
unknown thief reportedly tried to sell the work of art in California
where the owner of a gallery noticed that it was on the international
list of stolen art.


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Fifty-crown banknote to go out of circulation
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The 50-crown banknote is to be taken out of circulation on Thursday,
March 31st, leaving only the copper-and-zinc coin in this denomination.
The Czech National Bank made the decision last year in view of lowering
direct expenditures associated with issuing money. After that date
people will be able to exchange the bills at all commercial banks for a
period of 12 months or the Czech National Bank for a period of seven
years.


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Police discover illegal marihuana plantation
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The police have uncovered an illegal marihuana plantation in the town
of Zidovice, north of Prague. During a raid on a former hops storage
facility the police confiscated over 2,000 fully grown marihuana plants
and arrested two Vietnamese nationals residing on the premises. The
suspects have been taken into custody. If charged and found guilty they
could face up to ten years in prison.


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Susan Boyle fails to win Czech hearts
------------------------------------------------------------------------

British celebrity Susan Boyle whose debut album I dreamed a dream
topped the charts in Britain and America has barely caused a stir in
the Czech Republic. Her album sold less than ten thousand copies and
her autobiography evoked even less interest. Of the 2,500 copies
published in Czech less than 400 have sold to date. Lucie Forstova of
IFP publishing says she is extremely disappointed with the poor
showing, having selected the book as a certain hit.


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Czech football team defeats Liechtenstein in Euro qualifier
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech national football team defeated Liechtenstein in their 2012
European Championship qualifier on Tuesday. Striker Milan Baros put the
Czechs ahead early in Ceske Budejovice and Milan Kadlec scored in the
second half to secure the team's 2:0 win. Afterwards team coach Michal
Bilek was less than satisfied with the team's performance against
football minnows Liechtenstein. He said that although the Czechs had
started well and had had opportunities throughout the game (two
crossbars in addition to scoring) overall the team had been sluggish
and had allowed too many chances at the back. The Czech Republic is
second in Group I on nine points, followed by Scotland with five, They
will be hoping to qualify from second position or in a preliminary
playoff round as Spain at the top of the group are unbeaten so far.
Euro qualifying for the team resumes in September.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected to be be warm and sunny,
with daytime temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.

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Top court rejects complaint against gerrymandering in Prague's local
elections
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Constitutional Court dismissed on Tuesday a complaint by
three political parties contesting last October's local elections in
the capital. Public Affairs, the Green and the European Democrat
parties argued the elections were unfair due to gerrymandering,
dividing Prague into seven districts, which diminished their prospects
at the polls. The court said however the parties failed to prove the
division was intended to hurt their chances.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/137282


Czech football squad secures obligatory win over Liechtenstein
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech national football squad defeated Liechtenstein in their 2012
European Championship qualifier on Tuesday, a win that was seen as
obligatory against the football minnows. Striker Milan Baros and Michal
Kadlec both scored to secure the team's 2:0 win. Despite the success,
the squad's play, especially in the second half, was less than
scintillating and many are critical the Czechs will have to improve
significantly in September if they want to get to the final
competition. Earlier I spoke to sports journalist Karel Haring and
asked him for his impressions from Tuesday's game.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/137286


Detective work and restoration work fills gaps in unique Czech
historical archive
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Langhans photographic gallery is currently celebrating the 130th
anniversary since the original studio, which became the most famous in
the country, was founded in the centre of Prague in 1880. A fraction of
the million and a half negatives that were built up there over the
following seven decades now forms a valuable pictorial archive which is
still being worked on and conserved for the future by a specially
created foundation. We look at the archive, ongoing restoration and
future plans.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/137283


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* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Snappy pop music for Kazakh snap election
* Opposition to nuclear power grows in Japan
* Prosecutors demand life for Duch
* Nepal's women guides tackle prejudices
* Global Media Forum 2011
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Snappy pop music for Kazakh snap election

Kazakhstan is going to hold snap elections on April 3rd. A landslide
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Opposition to nuclear power grows in Japan

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Prosecutors demand life for Duch

Prosecutors have urged a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia to impose a
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known as Duch.

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Nepal's women guides tackle prejudices

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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
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DW Asia goes multimedia

For more background on the biggest stories in Asia, check out Deutsche
Welle's new Asia page in English at www.dw-world.de/asiacompact.

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All about 2010 FIFA World Cup

Keep up with all the action around the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Visit
DW-WORLD.DE for the complete coverage of the tournament.

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Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

DW presents live recordings from this year's Beethovenfest, available
starting Sept. 9. Also, don't miss the LIVE-STREAM of all nine Beethoven
symphonies from Sept. 9-12, interpreted by conductor Paarvo Jarvi.

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Travel Europe on a shoestring

Want to explore Europe but you're on a tight budget? In this weekly
podcast, DW-RADIO's Pulse takes you to some of Europe's most interesting
cities and proves you don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy them.

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An interactive research trip to Papua New Guinea

Join our reporter on an interactive journey to Papua New Guinea and visit
the country's protected forests. You can speak to the local people and find
out more about their communities.

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Join us for a jungle expedition

Learn about conservation and the threats that are facing the rainforests in
Guyana when we take you on a virtual tour. Our new WebDoc provides an
interactive journey through the jungle. (more)

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