Saturday, June 30, 2012

Radio Prague Today 6.30.2012

Articles posted today

No regrets - the life of war bride Lillian Schořová

The previous episode of Czech Life featured the first part of Lillian Schořová's life story. The 92-year-old Englishwoman is one of the hundreds of English war brides who went home with their Czechoslovak husbands after the war. Lillian came to Czechoslovakia with Josef, a tankist from the armored brigade who was stationed in the United Kingdom, in 1945. In this episode, she talks about her life after the war, her difficulties learning Czech, her unusual career and how she feels today, looking back on all the ups and downs of her adventurous life.

Mailbox 30.6.2012

In Mailbox today: Response to a Czech Books programme on Lidice, Radio Prague's monthly listeners' quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Roger Tidy, Paul R Peacock, Xiu-ping Qian, Colin Law, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Miguel Angel Lahera Rivero, Charles Konecny.

Lendl and Navrátilová: home and away

The year is 1984, and Ivan Lendl plays the winning point against John McEnroe in the final of the French Open in Paris, one of eight Grand Slam singles titles in his career. The 1970s and 80s were period of huge tennis success in Czechoslovakia, and the country put considerable resources into the sport. Unlike most of their compatriots, the country's top tennis players were able to travel round the world, and when Czechoslovak Radio caught up with the 19-year-old Lendl just before Christmas 1979, it was during one of his rare trips back home:

Friday, June 29, 2012

Radio Prague Today 6.29.2012

Articles posted today

Composer/conductor Rudolf Mazač discusses 'Jazz Bridge' festival

Today's guest in the Arts is Czech-German composer and conductor Rudolf Mazač, who heads a big band orchestra dedicated to the works of Stan Kenton and other jazz greats. In 2004, Rudi Mazač founded Jazzový most (or Jazz Bridge) a festival bringing together international musicians in selected towns and cities in the Czech Republic and Germany. The festival returns to Prague next month. In our interview Rudi talks about line up this year as well as the initial idea behind the long-running project.

Czechs content with EU banking, pro-growth deals

At a two-day summit in Brussels which ends on Friday, EU leaders agreed to set up a joint banking supervisory body to oversee banks in eurozone member states. They also approved a plan to boost growth in the bloc and agreed on a roadmap towards fiscal union in the euro zone. Czech officials, who initially expressed concern over proposals that the new banking authority should also supervise banks in countries outside the monetary union, seem content with the summit's outcome.

Business News 29.6.2012

Regional Development Ministry says system of drawing EU funds is fixed; external debt grew by 33.7 billion in first quarter; household indebtedness grew by 3.6 billion from April to May; Nečas says impacts of EU summit measures will be limited; Czech National Bank cuts interest rates by quarter percent.

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2012-06-28 16:29:00
President lays flowers at monuments of Shevchenko and Hrushevsky.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych laid flowers at the monuments to Taras
Shevchenko and Mykhailo Hrushevsky in Kyiv on Thursday on the occasion of the
Constitution Day, the presidential press service hasreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174096

2012-06-28 16:11:00
Bankers: Hryvnia exchange rate to remain stable by autumn.
Hryvnia exchange rate will remain relatively stable by this autumn, according to
an analytical report by Erste Bank, the portal banki.ua has reported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174109

2012-06-28 15:36:00
Medvedev: Ukraine and Russia had 'candid' dialogue.
Representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian governments have "candidly"
discussed relations between the two states at the ninth meeting of the committee
on economic cooperation of the Ukrainian-Russian interstatecommission.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174098

2012-06-28 15:31:00
Constitutional amendments to ensure observance of principles guaranteed by Basic
Law.
The dynamic development of Ukraine, and of the world, poses new challenges to
the country. It is currently impossible to observe the principles guaranteed by
the Basic Law without introducing amendments to certain provisions of the
constitution. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stated this in his
congratulatory address to Ukrainians on the occasion of the Constitution Day,
the press service of the head of state reported onThursday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174097

2012-06-28 15:12:00
Donetsk Airport handles 232 flights on day of EURO 2012 semi-final.
Donetsk International Airport handled 232 flights on June 27 - on the day of the
EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal, which was a new record
for the airport, Donetsk Mayor Oleksandr Lukianchenko said at a press conference
onThursday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174110

2012-06-28 14:40:00
Economic committee prepares Yanukovych's meeting with Putin.
The intergovernmental committee on economic cooperation has done a great deal of
work on preparing a meeting of the interstate commission, to be chaired by
Ukrainian and Russian Presidents Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov announced this after the ninth meeting of the
committee, which was held in Kyiv on Wednesday, June27.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174099

2012-06-28 13:42:00
Hryshchenko says EURO 2012 is significant humanitarian investment in Ukraine.
The EURO 2012 European Football Championship is significant humanitarian
investment in Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko
announced this in an interview with the Hungarian Magyar Nemzet newspaper,
according to the information policy department of the Ukrainian ForeignMinistry.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174100

2012-06-28 12:50:00
IMF to discuss fulfillment by Ukraine of its exchange rate policy commitments on
Friday.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is planning to
discuss the 2012 Article IV Consultation on Ukraine (the fulfillment by Ukraine
of its commitments on exchange rate policy). This issue has been put on the
agenda of the Executive Board's meeting on June 29, reads a statement posted on
the official website of the organization. The statement notes that that on the
same day, the IMF Executive Board also plans to consider issues of cooperation
with Germany andAfghanistan.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174102

2012-06-28 12:45:00
EURO 2012 true festival in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov has
said he believes that foreign fans who visited Ukraine during EURO 2012 remained
satisfied and became a part of a big festival. He announced this live on the
Echo of Moscow radiostation.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174101

2012-06-28 11:00:00
Vicente del Bosque: 'We were lucky this time'.
Portugese played well at the EURO 2012 European Football Championship, but Spain
were lucky this time, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said after the EURO 2012
semi-final in Donetsk after his side beat Portugal 4-2 onpenalties.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Radio Prague Today 6.28.2012

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Speculations rife about real reason behind justice minister's fall

The sudden dismissal of one of the most popular members of the Czech government, Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil gave rise to intense speculation about the real motivation of the move. Prime Minister Petr Nečas reiterated on Thursday he had fired Mr Pospíšil over poor management of the ministry. However, few believe this was the real reason behind the fall of the justice minister.

President Klaus looks back on US-Czech relations ahead of 4th of July

Ahead of Independence Day in the United States, President Václav Klaus visited an event at the American embassy this week. As he noted, it was the last such occasion that he would attend as head of state, and he took the opportunity to look back on relations between the Czech Republic and the US over the course of his two terms in office.

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2012-06-27 17:48:00
President takes personal control of situation with Ukrainian convicts in Libya.
The question of the speedy return to Ukraine of 19 Ukrainians sentenced to ten
years in prison in Libya is under the personal control of the Ukrainian
president.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174049

2012-06-27 16:32:00
Statistics office says GDP growth to be above 2% in Q2/2012.
Ukraine's GDP growth in the second quarter 2012 is expected at above 2%, head of
the State Statistics Service Oleksandr Osaulenko told the press.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174064

2012-06-27 16:04:00
Prime minister optimistic about future grain harvest.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has predicted that the current grain
harvest will be sufficient to guarantee the food security of the state. He
announced this on Wednesday, while opening a meeting of the Cabinet ofMinisters.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174052

2012-06-27 15:10:00
Ukraine hopes to deepen energy cooperation with BSEC countries.
Ukraine hopes to deepen cooperation with the countries of the Organization of
Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in the energy sector.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174054

2012-06-27 15:05:00
PM Azarov: 805, 000 tons of new yield grain threshed in Ukraine.
Ukraine has already threshed 805, 000 tons of new yield grain, Prime Minister
Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174053

2012-06-27 14:13:00
Ukraine wants to develop cooperation with Latvia in investment, transport and
education sectors.
Ukraine is interested in developing cooperation with Latvia in the investment,
transport and education sectors. Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn
announced this at a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis on
Tuesday as part of his official visit to this country, the Ukrainian
parliament's press servicereported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174056

2012-06-27 13:42:00
Many economic priorities of EU-Ukraine Association Agenda observed.
Analysis of the economic priorities of the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda during
November 2011 - May 2012 indicates moderate progress in Ukraine's sectoral
integration into the European Union. In general, 44 of the 48 economic
priorities are underimplementation.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174067

2012-06-27 12:34:00
Statistics office: Real personal income in Q1/2012 increased 10.6%.
The real available personal income, defined by taking into account the price
factor, in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 10.6% compared with the
corresponding period last year, the State Statistics Service said in astatement.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174065

2012-06-27 12:17:00
US ready to support reform in Ukraine.
Washington praises and is ready to support the reforms undertaken by the
Ukrainian authorities in the economic and financial sectors? according to
Ukrainian Finance Minister Yuriy Kolobov, who is on a working visit to the
UnitedStates.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174060

2012-06-27 11:36:00
Chancellor Merkel reflecting on her visit to Kyiv - EuroActive.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reflecting on her trip to Kyiv, and still is
likely to visit the Ukrainian capital if Germany reaches EURO 2012 finals,
according to the European edition EuroActive.de.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

News 6.27.2012

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News Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* Coalition and opposition parties have reacted with surprise to the
sudden dismissal.

* TOP 09 will call on the prime minister to appoint Lenka Bradacova to
lead the Prague State Prosecutor's office.

* Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil of the Civic Democratic Party has been
sacked.

* Education Minister Petr Fiala has extended the accreditation of Plzen
law college for one year.



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Justice minister sacked
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Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil of the Civic Democratic Party has been
sacked. Prime Minister Petr Necas told a press conference on Wednesday
that the unexpected decision was the result of his having lost
confidence in Pospisil's ability to manage the ministry and its
finances. The prime minister harshly criticised the justice minister
for having requested a budget increase of a billion crowns, which he
said had a demoralising effect on the other cabinet members at a time
when every ministry had to suffer cuts. Pospisil has on numerous
occasions warned that without a budget increase the prison system would
not be able to properly care for prisoners. Mr Pospisil himself said he
respected the decision but was surprised by it, having only learned of
his dismissal an hour before it was publically announced.


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Parties react to dismissal with shock
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Coalition and opposition parties reacted with surprise to the sudden
dismissal of Justice Minister Pospisil, who is often rated one of the
most popular politicians in the country. Leading members of the
coalition TOP 09 party said they had been taken aback by the decision,
with some praising his successful work in the Justice Ministry, but
concurring that the dismissal of a minister is wholly the decision of
the prime minister. The opposition Social Democrats demanded to know
the 'real' reasons for the minister's dismissal, with some speculating
that it was based on Mr Pospisil's own sacking of the Prague State
Prosecutor and the present need to fill that position. TOP 09 leader
Karel Schwarzenberg called the sacking unjust and said that Pospisil
had apparently been eliminated because he was a danger to someone.


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TOP 09 to call on Necas to appoint Bradacova to lead Prague State
Prosecutor's office
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The heads of the coalition TOP 09 party will call on Prime Minister
Necas and the next justice minister to appoint Lenka Bradacova to lead
the Prague State Prosecutor's office, according to deputy chairman
Miroslav Kalousek. A great deal of speculation on Wednesday focused on
Bradacova, a respected prosecutor, as the real reason behind the
sacking of Justice Minister Pospisil. Pospisil intended to appoint her
to the key position to replace Vlastimil Rampula, who many have accused
of political bias. Kalousek said Wednesday that the prime minister
should appoint Bradacova if indeed she was not the reason for his
dismissal.


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Protests to support Pospisil in the works
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Protests are already being planned in support of Jiri Pospisil.
Students of the Law College of Charles University are organising a
demonstration on Wednesday evening at Prague's Palacke namesti to
"express support for minister Pospisil and thank him for his work".
Green Party chairman Ondrej Liska meanwhile is calling for a
demonstration on Wenceslas Square at 7 p.m. on Thursday. A number of
Facebook pages have also been opened in defence of Mr Pospisil. Most
complaints about the dismissal include disbelief of the prime
minister's rationale for it - for example, 94% of 1,100 people in one
online poll said the reason for his sacking was his unwillingness to
sweep sensitive cases under the rug. Prime Minister Necas on Wednesday
afternoon denied accusations that the dismissal had anything to do with
the appointment of a state prosecutor in Prague, which he said he knew
nothing about.


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Date set for regional and Senate elections
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President Vaclav Klaus has announced that regional and Senate elections
will be held on Friday October 12 and Saturday 13. Parties will have
until August 7 to submit their lists of candidates. The Social
Democratic Party, which has governed all of the country's 14 regions
except Prague since 2008, will be fighting to retain control of them
and also the Senate, where the party has a majority. Only six of the
socialist party's 27 seats are up for grabs, however. The Civic
Democratic Party will be looking to maintain 14 of 25 mandates. The
Czech Senate comprises 81 seats, with senators serving six-year terms
of office.


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Necas tells Kalousek to tone down Parkanova rhetoric
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Prime Minister Necas has asked Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek to
tone down his rhetoric regarding the charges against former defence
minister Vlasta Parkanova. Kalousek has fiercely defended his fellow
party member against police accusations that she improperly handled the
purchase of four Spanish CASA transport planes for the army via an
intermediary. Kalousek in turn has been strongly criticised for
comments made at the weekend that the charges against her amounted to a
police attack on democracy and the decision-making mechanisms of the
state. Mr Necas said he sees no threat of a police state, as minister
Kalousek suggested, and said it was necessary to be more moderate in
handling the issue.


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Fiala extends Plzen law accreditation for one year
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Education Minister Petr Fiala has extended the accreditation of West
Bohemian University's College of Law. The continuation of the troubled
institution has been up in the air since the beginning of the year,
when the respective committee denied it accreditation due to
insufficient personnel and poor results. Former education minister
Josef Dobes drew severe criticism and even a law suit for attempting to
prolong its accreditation until 2016. Fiala on Wednesday cancelled that
decision and extended only the graduate programme for one year,
allowing students to finish their studies.


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Parkanova submits legal support to immunity committee
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In related news, former defence minister Parkanova told journalists
after her hearing in the parliamentary Mandate and Immunity Committee
that she did not make any mistakes in the purchase of the CASA planes
for the military. Parkanova said she submitted a number of legal
analyses to the committee, all of which said she had no duty to have an
expert price assessment made before the 3.5 billion crown purchase. The
committee, which is examining a police request to strip Parkanova of
her immunity, suspended its negotiations on Wednesday until July 10,
when it is to make a recommendation on the issue to the lower house.


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Women fine one million each for negligence in 1997 post office robbery
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A court has ordered two former cashiers to pay more than one million
crowns each to the Czech postal service for their negligence in a 1997
robbery. In the biggest robbery of its kind in the Czech Republic,
three armed and masked perpetrators stole 28 million crowns from a post
office. The two women were accused of facilitating the crime by failing
to follow security procedures, leaving a window open and the safe
unlocked. Three young men were charged with the crime but released for
lack of evidence.


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Klaus signs Croatian EU accession treaty
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President Vaclav Klaus has signed the treaty for Croatia's accession to
the EU, ending the ratification process in the Czech Republic. The
former Yugoslavian country should become the 28th member of the union
on July 1 of next year. The president originally wanted to tie the
approval of the treaty to a vote on a Czech exemption from part of the
Lisbon treaty, however that demand would have denied Croatia entry as
the Social Democratic Party, which has a majority in the Senate,
rejects the exemption.


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Conditions should be mostly sunny with highs of 23 to 25o Celsius.



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Large Czech milk farms ideally suit our needs, says owner of Gran
Moravia cheese factory
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The small Moravian town of Litovel is home to the world's largest hard
cheese factory. Since 1996 when the Italian company Orrero set up its
production there, its Gran Moravia cheese has been conquering markets
in around the world. Today, the Litovel cheese plant produces around
6,000 tonnes of the parmesan-type cheese, a great majority of which is
sold in Italy. In this edition of Marketplace, we talk to the owner of
the Orrero company, Roberto Brazzale who says parmesan is not the right
name for its flagship product.

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PM unexpectedly fires popular justice minister
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President Vaclav Klaus dismissed Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil on
Wednesday following a surprisingly rapid recommendation by the
country's prime minister, Petr Necas. The sacking of one of the most
popular Czech politicians came a day after the government discussed
budget plans for next year. Mr Necas said that the minister had been
sacked for failing to meet austerity targets. Critics, though, charge
there is another reason the politician was shown the door.

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Prague tortoise was thought to be "twin" of Pinta tortoise Lonesome
George
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The death of Lonesome George, the last remaining Pinta island giant
tortoise recently saddened legions of nature and reptile lovers around
the world. His unexpected demise in a reservation on the Galapagos
Islands came at the estimated age of 100 years or more. For quite some
time, tortoise experts believed that George might not be as 'lonesome'
as previously assumed: a Prague Zoo tortoise bore such close
resemblance to George that even reptile experts thought he might too be
a member of the Pinta species.

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2012-06-27 17:48:00
President takes personal control of situation with Ukrainian convicts in Libya.
The question of the speedy return to Ukraine of 19 Ukrainians sentenced to ten
years in prison in Libya is under the personal control of the Ukrainian
president.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174049

2012-06-27 09:51:00
President replaces Ukroboronprom head.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has dismissed Dmytro Perehudov as director
general of the Ukroboronprom State Concern. A respective decree has been posted
on the official website of the head of state.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=174050

2012-06-26 14:47:00
PACE to send 41 observers to monitor Ukraine elections.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will send 41 observer
for the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon
told reporters in Strasbourg, according toBBC.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173945

2012-06-26 14:47:00
Chief prosecutor tells US ambassador about Shcherban case.
Ukraine's Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka has briefed U.S. Ambassador to
Ukraine John Tefft of the probe into a criminal case on the murder of MP Yevhen
Shcherban, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) said in a statement onTuesday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173946

2012-06-26 14:23:00
Yanukovych, Kissinger discuss Ukraine's development and EURO 2012.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with former U.S. Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger in Kyiv on Monday, the presidential press service has reported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173929

2012-06-26 13:28:00
Ukraine, Russia to discuss gas issue at high level.
Ukraine and Russia will hold negotiations on the gas issue at a high level,
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said in an interview with the Pozner
program on Russia's Channel One.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173934

2012-06-26 12:48:00
Public debt in May rises to UAH 375.39 bln.
Ukraine's public debt amounted to UAH 375.389 billion, or USD 46.968 billion, as
of May 31, 2012, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry has said in a statement on
Ukraine's public and publicly guaranteed debt.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173948

2012-06-26 12:32:00
Ukrainian speaker calls for intensification of economic cooperation with
Estonia.
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has stressed the need to improve
conditions for the development of Ukrainian-Estonian business relations,
facilitate the work of foreign business representatives in Ukraine and expand
mutual investment, including at the legislativelevel.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173938

2012-06-26 12:26:00
Customs service ahead of budget plan each month.
The State Customs Service continually runs ahead of the state budget proceeds
plan. Since the beginning of the year, customs officers have transferred to the
treasury about 60 billion UAH.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173932

2012-06-26 12:25:00
No plans to create fiscal police soon.
The creation of fiscal police in Ukraine is not yet a priority task of the
authorities, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky said
in an interview with the Expert magazine.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Radio Prague Today 6.26.2012

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Through Emperor Rudolf's water tunnel under Letná

The Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II left a deep mark in Czech history. Various legends and myths surround the 16th century ruler who made Prague his imperial seat and whose diverse interests made the city a centre of Renaissance arts and sciences. One monument from his time is hidden beneath the surface of the earth – a water tunnel carved deep into the rock of one of Prague's hills.

Legal assessment on Parkanová case sparks fresh political controversy

Former defense minister Vlasta Parkanová, who has come under suspicion of abusing her position in an overpriced military aircraft deal, has a loyal defender in Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek. The finance minister, who previously served in the same cabinet in which Mrs Parkanová had the defense portfolio, has called her possible prosecution unconstitutional. He is basing his criticism on a statement from the Czech Institute of State and Law.

European Commission weighs in on Šumava logging

The European Commission has asked the Czech government to halt logging in the Šumava National Park. Czech authorities resumed felling bark-beetle infested trees in Šumava this week to prevent the spreading of the beetle infestation. But the European Commissioner for the Environment says logging should cease until the government justifies the move.

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2012-06-26 14:47:00
PACE to send 41 observers to monitor Ukraine elections.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will send 41 observer
for the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon
told reporters in Strasbourg, according toBBC.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173945

2012-06-26 14:47:00
Chief prosecutor tells US ambassador about Shcherban case.
Ukraine's Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka has briefed U.S. Ambassador to
Ukraine John Tefft of the probe into a criminal case on the murder of MP Yevhen
Shcherban, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) said in a statement onTuesday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173946

2012-06-26 14:23:00
Yanukovych, Kissinger discuss Ukraine's development and EURO 2012.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with former U.S. Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger in Kyiv on Monday, the presidential press service has reported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173929

2012-06-26 13:28:00
Ukraine, Russia to discuss gas issue at high level.
Ukraine and Russia will hold negotiations on the gas issue at a high level,
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said in an interview with the Pozner
program on Russia's Channel One.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173934

2012-06-26 12:48:00
Public debt in May rises to UAH 375.39 bln.
Ukraine's public debt amounted to UAH 375.389 billion, or USD 46.968 billion, as
of May 31, 2012, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry has said in a statement on
Ukraine's public and publicly guaranteed debt.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173948

2012-06-26 12:32:00
Ukrainian speaker calls for intensification of economic cooperation with
Estonia.
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has stressed the need to improve
conditions for the development of Ukrainian-Estonian business relations,
facilitate the work of foreign business representatives in Ukraine and expand
mutual investment, including at the legislativelevel.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173938

2012-06-26 12:26:00
Customs service ahead of budget plan each month.
The State Customs Service continually runs ahead of the state budget proceeds
plan. Since the beginning of the year, customs officers have transferred to the
treasury about 60 billion UAH.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173932

2012-06-26 12:25:00
No plans to create fiscal police soon.
The creation of fiscal police in Ukraine is not yet a priority task of the
authorities, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky said
in an interview with the Expert magazine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173930

2012-06-26 11:50:00
New York Times: Kyiv among Europe's most vibrant 21st-century cities.
U.S. daily newspaper The New York Times, in its section about travel, has
published an article dedicated to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The authors
responded positively about Kyiv and make recommendations on getting around the
city - where to go, what to see where and what can be a tasty meal, the Ukraine
2012 Information Center hasreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173951

2012-06-26 11:43:00
MEP calls for speedy simplification of visas for Ukrainians.
Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
Pawel Kowal (Poland) has called on EU leaders to sign without delay the
amendments to the visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine, according to Kowal's
statement shared by the press service of the EuropeanParliament.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173944


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News 6.25.2012

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News Monday, June 25th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* The Institute of State and Law says that no expert opinion was needed
for the purchase of the CASA military aircraft in 2010.

* Social Democrats and police have condemned Finance Minister Kalousek
for saying charges against Vlasta Parkanova were an attack on democracy.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has thanked Croatian rescue services for
their professional response to the tragic crash of a Czech bus on
Saturday.

* TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg expects a major coalition dispute
over differing views on the depth of European integration.

* The European Commission may ask for court injunction against felling
trees in the Sumava National Park.



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Institute of State and Law says no expert assessment was needed for
CASA purchase
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The Institute of State and Law says that no expert opinion was needed
for the purchase of the CASA military aircraft in 2010. In a statement
prepared for the Ministry of Finance, the institute of the Academy of
Sciences writes that the Spanish transport planes qualified as "special
technology" that did not at the time require an expert price analysis
or a public tender. The police have asked Parliament to give up former
defence minister Vlasta Parkanova for prosecution because she did not
have an expert price analysis conducted prior to the 3.5 billion crown
purchase.


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Opposition condemns Kalousek for equating charges against Parkanova
with attack on democracy
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The opposition Social Democrats and police have condemned Finance
Minister Miroslav Kalousek for saying that the charges against Vlasta
Parkanova were an attack on democracy. Police president Petr Lessy said
he was "very alarmed" by the comment, and suggested that Kalousek turn
to the general inspectorate with his concerns. The Social Democratic
Party called on the government to quickly comment on Mr Kalousek's
words or else be suspected of sympathising with them. Speaking on a
Czech Television programme on Sunday, the Finance minister and deputy
chairman of the TOP 09 party said by accusing Parkanova of corruption
the police were attacking the state's decision-making processes and the
democratic system itself.


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Necas thanks Croatian rescue services for their professionalism
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Prime Minister Petr Necas thanked Croatian rescue services for their
professionalism in responding to the tragic crash of a Czech bus on
Saturday. Mr Necas called his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic on
Monday morning to express his gratitude to all involved. Most of the
injured passengers have already been released from hospital and many
have returned the Czech Republic on a special government plane. Six
people remain in hospital in Croatia, two of them - 13-year-old twins -
in serious but improving condition. The bus, carrying 51 people,
reportedly struck a pole on Saturday morning before ramming into the
median and flipping over, killing eight people, including the driver.
It is believed that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.


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Schwarzenberg expects major coalition dispute over depth of European
integration
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TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg expects a major coalition dispute
over differing views on the depth of European integration. Foreign
Minister Schwarzenberg wants the Czech Republic to remain within the
core European mainstream, which he says is the only realistic
possibility that would be beneficial to the Czech Republic. The prime
minister, he said, was of a different opinion, one that reflects a
certain wing of the Civic Democratic Party. Nonetheless, he says, the
government can no longer zigzag on the Czech approach to the issue and
must develop a unified stance, which he believes may result in a very
difficult situation.


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EC may ask for court injunction on tree felling in Sumava.
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The EC may ask for a preliminary court injunction to ban the cutting of
bark-beetle-infested trees in the Sumava National Park. A spokesman for
EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik told the Czech Press Agency
on Monday that the EC has asked the Czech Republic to stop felling
spruces in the park and addressed a letter with reservations and
questions to Prague in mid-June, but has to receive a response.
Brussels, he said, is monitoring the situation and will take legal
steps if necessary. Lumberjacks began felling trees again on Monday in
one of the infested localities.


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Supreme Audit Office finds irregularities in migration and asylum
funding
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The Supreme Audit Office has found irregularities in public orders
while auditing EU funding for migration and asylum policies. The office
told the Czech Press Agency on Monday that 6.7% of the funds audited
were unqualified to receive money from EU funds or the state budget.
Among other things, the auditors say that the Interior Ministry failed
to cancel an order regarding refugee facilities despite the fact that
none of the offers met all of the conditions of the tender. In another
tender for personal vehicles, the ministry reportedly set technical
conditions that only one model on the Czech market could meet.


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Deadliest weekend on Czech roads
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Last weekend was the mostly deadly of the year on Czech roads, with
eleven people losing their lives in traffic accidents since Friday.
Three of the deadly accidents involved motorcycles. A 62-year-old man
died on the spot while riding an unlit bicycle on the wrong side of the
road. The second most deadly weekend this year was also in June, when
eight people were killed on Czech roads on the weekend of the 10th.


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Confidence in the Czech economy decreased again in June
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Overall confidence in the Czech economy decreased again in June, and
the composite confidence indicator was 0.8 points lower compared with
May. The Czech Statistical Office said Monday that confidence among
entrepreneurs had once again only increased in trade, and only
slightly; in construction, selected services and in industry it
declined. Consumer confidence increased compared with the previous
month, but remains lower year-on-year. A survey taken among consumers
in June indicates that consumers are less afraid of a drop in the
overall economic situation or their own financial standing in the next
twelve months, compared to May.


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Kalousek: budget deficit should not exceed approved amount
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The state budget deficit should not exceed the approved amount of 105
billion at the end of this year, according to Finance Minister Miroslav
Kalousek. Unless the situation in Europe worsens markedly, he said,
there is no reason to believe the parameters of the state budget and
public deficits for this year would not be met. The risk for the
economy is negative developments in the euro zone, particularly with
regards to Spain, and the payment of subsidies from EU funds, which are
currently suspended. Unless the European Commission resumes the payment
of subsidies to the Czech Republic by the end of this year, the country
could lose around 22 billion in European funding, according to the
Local Development Ministry.


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Drunk policeman allegedly drove tent full of children
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A policeman in the North Bohemia is being investigated for running his
car into a tent full of sleeping children on Saturday while
intoxicated, the news site iDnes.cz reports. An 11-year-old boy
suffered a head injury in the incident and is in in hospital in
intensive care. According to iDnes, the accident occurred in the middle
of the night, when the 22-year-old police officer's car swerved off the
road and into a children's fishing camp.


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Weather
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Conditions should be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and highs of
20 to 22o Celsius.



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Sports News 25.6.2012
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In Sports News: Fans, players mark the 50th anniversary of
Czechoslovakia's second-place finish at the 1962 World Cup; Pirlo
emulates Panenka with a cheeky chip against England at EURO 2012; Czech
football champions Liberec will face Kazakhstan's Shakhter Karagandy in
the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League; Kvitova begins
defence of Wimbledon title.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2012-06-25

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Jiri Vidim - Owner of a hotel with a history
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Jiri Vidim, a former teacher, entered the hotel business almost at the
very moment that communism fell in Czechoslovakia, and seized the
opportunities that freedom brought. For two decades now he has been
running Unitas House, a hotel in downtown Prague with a fascinating
history.

http://radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/jiri-vidim-owner-of-a-hotel-with-a-history

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Eight Czechs killed in bus crash in Croatia
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For 51 Czech passengers aboard a bus chartered by the Brno travel
agency Atlas Adria, a summer holiday turned into a nightmare on
Saturday. En route to the popular Croatian holiday destination Makarska
Riviera, the bus swerved off the road and overturned. Eight passengers
were killed in the accident and more than 40 injured. Some have since
returned to the Czech Republic via military aircraft.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/eight-czechs-killed-in-bus-crash-in-croatia






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Land reform cannot be separated from agriculture efficiency - Land Agency.
The issue of land reform should not be considered separately from issues
involved in improving the efficiency of agriculture and rural development,
respectively. Thus, a common goal is to create the right conditions for
effective implementation of appropriate legislative initiatives, deputy chairman
of the Land Agency, Yevhen Berdnikov told a briefing during the hotline
onFriday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173780

2012-06-23 17:59:00
Tomenko to return high-ranking officials to Ukrainian hospitals.
Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mykola Tomenko registered in
parliament a draft resolution on the support of national health care.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173775

2012-06-23 17:55:00
President congratulates government employees on professional holiday.
President Viktor Yanukovych has congratulated Ukrainian civil servants on the
occasion of their professional holiday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173772

2012-06-23 17:09:00
Cabinet proposes increasing excise tax on cognacs 70% from September 1.
The Cabinet of Ministers has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law
increasing the excise duty rate on cognac to UAH 45.87 per liter of 100-percent
alcohol since September 1, 2012.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173781

2012-06-23 16:56:00
Civil service modernization constitutes one of reform priorities.
The modernization of public service in Ukraine is one of the priorities in the
context of economic reforms, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in his
congratulatory message to civil servants on the occasion of their professional
holiday, posted on the government'sportal.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173773

2012-06-23 16:14:00
Lytvyn calls official bilingualism idea utopian.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn is convinced that the idea of sealing
in the Constitution an official status of Russian as the second national
language is utopian. He stated this in an interview with the Rada TVchannel.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173784

2012-06-23 16:02:00
Klimkin appointed ambassador to Germany.
President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine has dismissed Pavlo Klimkin of the duties
as deputy minister of foreign affairs.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173777

2012-06-23 15:59:00
Charite clinic head visits Tymoshenko at hospital.
German clinic Charite CEO, Professor Karl Max Einhaupl has visited ex-Prime
Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in her hospital ward, according to Mykhailo Afanasiev,
the head doctor of Ukrzaliznytsia's Hospital5.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173776

2012-06-23 15:57:00
Ukraine will not have two official languages.
The Party of Regions will not lobby introduction of two official languages in
Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko said in
Sevastopol.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173774

2012-06-23 14:03:00
Ukraine welcomes introduction of global environment constitution.
In the framework of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 in Rio
de Janeiro, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine Eduard
Stavytsky met with representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP), the press-service of the ministryreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=173778


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Edition du 24 June 2012
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Forest fire threatening Labrador communities
An evacuation alert is in effect for residents of two eastern Canadian communities in central Labrador, where a forest fire is burning out of control. The fire measures about 140 square kilometres. Fire officials have managed to bring southern parts of it under control. Residents of North West River and Sheshatshiu have been told to leave.


Collapsed roof of Ontario shopping mall injures 22
A search and rescue operation was underway in the northern Ontario town of Elliot Lake on Sunday after the roof of a mall collapsed the day before, injuring 22 people. At least one person was known to be trapped in the debris of the Algo Centre Mall, but police are not sure whether others might be trapped as well. The roof of the building that serves as a parking lot collapsed, exposing twisted metal and concrete supports and triggering a gas leak. Emergency officials cut power to the centre as a precaution. Elliot Lake is about 160 kilometres west of Sudbury. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.


Fraser River still under flood alert
Thousands of residents in southern British Columbia are closely watching the Fraser River out of fear that its waters will rise and cause widespread flooding. At least 165 people have been ordered to leave their homes, and more than one thousand others have been told to be ready to evacuate rapidly. The Fraser River has risen sharply over the past week as a result of heavy rain and melting snow. Floods threaten Abbotsford, 70 kilometres east of Vancouver, as well as the town of Chilliwack. Canada's military is standing by to help if requested.


Prime Minister Harper celebrating Quebec holiday
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is talking strategy and making public appearances in an effort to gain more support for his Conservative Party in Quebec. On Sunday, he's joining people in the provincial capital, Quebec City, in celebrating St. Jean Baptiste Day, the annual holiday that celebrates the province's French cultural heritage. His Conservative Party is also holding a weekend meeting in the city. The Conservatives won just five of Quebec's 75 federal seats in the last election. In a surprise development, Quebecers voted overwhelmingly for the opposition New Democratic Party's candidates. On Friday, Mr. Harper held a meeting in Montreal with former Conservative Party prime minister Brian Mulroney, who had great success in gaining votes in Quebec in two federal elections.




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International

Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi, is Egypt's new president


A member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt's new president. Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of the presidential runoff vote last weekend. A huge crowd gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square cheered as the electoral commission made the announcement. The announcement came after a delay earlier in the week. Mr. Morsi won over the former prime minister of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Shafik. The commission said that Mr. Morsi won with 51 per cent of the vote versus 48 per cent for Mr. Shafiq. Egypt's transitional military rulers were reluctant to turn over too much power to Mr. Morsi out of fear that he would introduce hardline Islamist laws. It's still not clear how much power the new president will wield.
 



Former Libyan prime minister is extradited from Tunisia

In a move that could set a precedent, Tunisia has extradited Libya's former prime minister. Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi was transported by helicopter to a prison in Tripoli. Al-Mahmoudi served as Moammar Gaddafi's prime minister from 2006 until he fled to neighbouring Tunisia last year as a result of a popular uprising. He's the first senior Libyan official to be sent back for trial under Libya's transitional leadership. His extradition could establish a precedent for other countries where Gaddafi government officials have been arrested. In January, 15 Tunisian and international human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, jointly opposed Al-Mahmoudi's extradition, saying he risked death or torture in Libya.
 



Crash site of downed Turkish jet fighter is found
Turkey's government says that it knows the spot where its jet fighter was shot down over Syrian waters on Friday, but still has not found the wreckage. The wreckage is thought to be lying some thirteen hundred metres under water. A search continued on Sunday for the plane's two pilots, but hope is fading that they will be found alive. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, says that Syrian forces shot down the jet fighter in international airspace after it mistakenly entered Syria. He says that the plane was not on a spying mission. Turkey has called for an extraordinary meeting of its NATO allies to discuss the incident. The incident has further increased tension between Turkey and Syria. Tension rose when Turkey began condemning the Syrian government's violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.


Nigeria church bomber reported dead

The man blamed for a terrorist bombing attack on a church in Nigeria last Christmas is said to be dead. Habibu Bama was sought in connection with the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church near Abuja. At least 44 people were killed. It's believed that he was also connected to two car bomb attacks in Abuja last year that killed 25 people. The radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for all three attacks. Boko Haram says that Habibu Bama died a martyr for the cause as a result of a shootout with Nigerian security forces in the city of Damaturu earlier this week. Boko Haram often targets police and Christians in its violent fight to establish an Islamist state in northern Nigeria. On Sunday, Boko Haram stormed Yobe prison in their northeastern heartland on Sunday, freeing 40 inmates. Two of the attackers were shot dead and some policemen were injured.
 



Earthquake in China kills two
A moderate earthquake in southwestern China has killed two people and injured at least 100 others. The earthquake measuring 5.5 struck on Sunday in a mountainous region near the border between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. Casualties occurred in Yunnan's Ninglang county and Sichuan's Yanyuan county, where many houses collapsed. Rescue officials were sending tents, quilts and clothes to the affected area. Last year, a similar-sized earthquake in Yunnan killed 25 people and damaged thousands of homes. Four years ago, a much stronger earthquake measuring 7.9 killed nearly ninety thousand people in Sichuan province.


New Greek prime minister to miss European summit


Greece's new prime minister is still recovering from an eye operation this weekend, and will miss an important European Union summit in Brussels. Antonis Samaras underwent surgery for a detached retina. The summit begins on Thursday. Delegates will discuss further strategy to solve the E.U.'s debt crisis. Mr. Samaras is hoping that his coalition government can soften some of the harsh terms of a huge E.U. bailout package for his country. But other E.U. countries such as Spain are also in major debt trouble. Greece's new Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos was a key negotiator in arranging Greece's bailout. He will attend the Brussels summit instead of Mr. Samaras.


Ship will try again to transport Russian helicopters to Syria


A ship carrying Russian helicopters will try again to deliver them to Syria. The ship, Alaed, left the Russian port of Murmansk on June 11, but had to turn back when its British insurance company removed its insurance coverage, citing United Nations sanctions. The United States accused Russia of arming Syria's regime in its fight against anti-government militants. Russia denied the charge, saying that the Russian-made helicopters were being returned to Syria following repairs. Russia insists that the helicopters will be used only for defence. A Russian military source told Interfax news agency that the Alaed would be accompanied on its voyage to Syria by at least one civilian vessel. It's not known when the Alaed will set sail.




Sports

SPORTS
BASEBALL
Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Miami Marlins, 12-5, on Friday. Miami has lost five straight games and 14 of 16 overall so far this season.

FOOTBALL
The Calgary Stampeders wrapped up their Canadian Football League pre-season with a 33-31 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday.

HOCKEY
The Edmonton Oilers selected Russian winger Nail Yakupov as NHL draft's number one pick on Friday. It was the third straight year that the Oilers owned the first overall pick. The 18-year-old scored 31 goals in 42 games last season for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Yakupov is the first Russian-born player to be taken with the top pick since the Washington Capitals chose Alex Ovechkin in 2004. The Montreal Canadiens chose third and took centre Alex Galchenyuk, Yakupov's teammate at Sarnia.





Weather

CANADA WEATHER

Here is Canada's weather forecast for Monday, June 25. British Columbia will be cloudy. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 18 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly cloudy. Whitehorse, 21. Northwest Territories: mainly sunny. Yellowknife, 25. Nunavut: overcast. Iqaluit, six. Alberta: mainly cloudy. Edmonton, 23. Saskatchewan: variable cloudiness. Regina, 32. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 27. Ontario: mainly sunny. Toronto: 20. Ottawa, 18. Quebec: showers. Montreal, 18. New Brunswick: mainly cloudy. Fredericton, 27. Nova Scotia: variable cloudiness. Halifax, 23. Prince Edward Island: rain. Charlottetown, 17. Newfoundland: variable cloudiness. St. John's, 15.

 





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