Saturday, September 3, 2011

News 9.3.2011

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News Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* A series of quakes reaching 3,5 points on the Richter scale were
registered overnight in the west of the country.

* Police are out in force in the town of Varnsdorf which has witnessed
growing ethnic tension between the majority population and the Roma
minority.

* A 36-year-old woman who is suspected of having killed her four
children has survived her own suicide attempt.

* The website WikiLeaks has released a large number of unedited US
diplomatic cables relating to the Czech Republic.

* IKEA has announced it is tightening security at all its Czech stores,
following a foiled bomb attack on one of its Prague outlets.

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Series of small quakes registered in western Bohemia
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A series of quakes reaching 3,5 points on the Richter scale were
registered overnight in the west of the country. The quake's epicentre
was near the town of Novy Kostel which experienced smaller tremors
about a week ago. No injuries or damages are reported. Seismologists
say there may be more small quakes in the coming days, but they are not
expected to exceed 4 points on the Richter scale or do serious damage.
The area is known for minor seismic activity, though the current quakes
are the strongest in 100 years.


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More public protests in Varnsdorf
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Police are out in force in the town of Varnsdorf which has witnessed
growing ethnic tension between the majority population and the Roma
minority. For the second day in a row hundreds of people took to the
streets to protest against rising crime and the presence of the Romany
minority in the town. Public anger reached a head following several
serious incidents of racially motivated violence and street wars
between Romany gangs. The local authorities are struggling to deal with
the situation and there is concern that neo-Nazis could turn it in
their favour.


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Woman suspected of killing her four children survives suicide attempt
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A 36-year old woman who is believed to have killed her four children
before attempting to commit suicide on Friday has reportedly regained
consciousness in a Hradec Kralove hospital, but doctors say she is in
no condition to be questioned by police. The woman's live-in partner
came upon the scene of the tragedy on returning home from a trip. The
four children, aged between 2 months and 8 years, had all been stabbed
and bore the marks of strangulation. The woman, who is the prime
suspect, had tried to hang herself in the barn. The tragedy is the
worst in the country's criminal history.


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WikiLeaks releases more Czech-related cables
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The website WikiLeaks on Friday released a large number of unedited US
diplomatic cables relating to the Czech Republic. According to the
daily Lidove noviny, which has published a number of excerpts in its
Saturday edition, the cables refer to corruption in the Czech Republic
and report that Marek Dalik, a close aide to former prime minister
Mirek Topolanek, solicited a huge bribe from the Austrian weapons
manufacturer Steyr. One of the cables is a lowdown on President Vaclav
Klaus ahead of his official visit to the US in which he is described as
"instinctively pro-American, but unafraid to criticize, a man overly
proud of his intellect who likes stirring up controversy. " Five
prominent news organizations including the Guardian, the New York Times
and Der Spiegel magazine have condemned the website for making more
than 250,000 sensitive diplomatic cables public.


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Comic strips by and about Romanies translated into French
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Three comic strips reflecting the life of the Romany minority in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia have just hit bookshelves in France,
published by the Ca et La publishing house. The work of Romany
students, the strips are "documentary" in character and tell the
life-stories of a 60-year-old ailing and poverty-stricken Romany man, a
12 year-old Romany girl from Prague and a 45-year-old Romany woman who
spent most of her life in various Romany settlements in Slovakia. The
work was co-financed by the European Cultural Fund.


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IKEA tightening security at its Czech outlets
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IKEA has announced it is tightening security at all its stores in the
Czech Republic, following a foiled bomb attack on one of its Prague
outlets. All four stores were closed for security reasons on Friday
after police defused a functional bomb at the IKEA store in Prague's
Zlicin district. Czech news sources said the package was found by
cleaning staff in a waste bin just outside the store. This is not the
first attack on the Swedish group's European outlets. Small explosive
devices detonated at IKEA stores in the Netherlands, Belgium and France
earlier this year. No one was seriously hurt in those incidents. All
four IKEA stores in the Czech Republic opened to shoppers as usual on
Saturday.


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Czech president smoothes ruffled feathers in Greece
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President Klaus has been trying to smooth ruffled feathers in Greece
over an interview in which he referred to the Greeks as "ouzo drinkers
sitting under the shade of cypress trees". The president said his
remark had been misinterpreted and had not been intended as an insult,
and that he had only meant to emphasize that it was up to each EU
member state to decide if it wanted to proceed on a quarter power, half
power, or full power. He said Czech work performance also significantly
lagged behind that of Germany, which was all the more reason for him
not to be judgemental in this respect.


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Weather
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The warm and sunny spell is expected to come to an end with the start
of the new week with rain and day temperatures expected to drop to
between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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"If I had been a boy, I would have been shot..." Part 9
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We have reached the ninth and final part of our serialized reading of
"If I had been a boy, I would have been shot..." by Jaroslava
Sklenickova. The war is over, and Jaroslava's account takes us from the
traumas of her return to the present day, and her life with her husband
Mirek in the new Lidice. But first, David Vaughan sums up the story so
far.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/books/if-i-had-been-a-boy-i-would-have-been-shot-part-9


Mailbox 3.9.2011
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Today in Mailbox we read from our listeners' comments on Radio Prague's
75th anniversary and reveal the identity of our August mystery lady.
Listeners quoted: Tracy Andreotti, Harold Yeglin, Stan Schmitt, Colin
Law, Hans Verner Lollike, Mary Lou Krenek, Ian Morrison, Richard Chen,
Charles Konecny, Henrik Klemetz, Jayanta Chakrabarty, David Eldridge.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/mailbox/mailbox-2011-09-03


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