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These Men in Yellow Are Angry Farmers
These Men in Yellow
Are Angry Farmers

These Men in Yellow Are Angry Farmers

They're turning out in Spain, other countries to protest EU policies

(Newser) - Hundreds of farmers drove their tractors into central Madrid on Wednesday as part of ongoing protests against EU and local farming policies and to demand measures to alleviate production cost hikes. The protest, the biggest to take place in the Spanish capital after more than two weeks of daily protests...

Prague Gunman Also Killed Man, Baby in the Woods

Police find letter confessing to the double murder carried out prior to mass shooting

(Newser) - A note found at the home of the gunman who killed 14 people at a Prague university last week in the Czech Republic's worst-ever mass killing reveals that he was also responsible for a double murder before the mass shooting. The gunman, whom locals would prefer not be named...

Czech Republic Holds National Day of Mourning

Country comes to a standstill to mourn victims of its worst mass shooting

(Newser) - The Czech Republic came to a standstill at noon Saturday as people across the country observed a minute of silence as part of a national day of mourning to honor the victims of the worst mass killing in the country's history. National flags on public buildings were at half-staff...

In 'Stunned' Prague, Nobody Mentions the Gunman

'He doesn't deserve it,' says one mourner, and police ask university shooter not be identified

(Newser) - The university shooting that claimed the lives of 14 victims in Prague on Thursday was the Czech Republic's first-ever school or college shooting, reports CNN . In fact, it's the nation's worst mass shooting since the end of World War II, notes the New York Times . "Stunned"...

At Least 15 Dead in Shooting at University in Prague

More than 20 wounded at Charles University in the Czech capital; the shooter is dead

(Newser) - Updated throughout with new details. A lone gunman opened fire Thursday in a university building in downtown Prague, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 20 in the Czech Republic's worst mass shooting, authorities said. The bloodshed took place in the philosophy department building of Charles University,...

Ex-Lawmaker Served 45 Years, Faces Sex Crimes Charges

Former North Dakota state Sen. Ray Holmberg is accused of traveling to Prague for sex with minor

(Newser) - A former longtime North Dakota lawmaker has been indicted on a federal charge alleging he traveled to Prague with the intent to rape a minor. The four-page indictment against former Republican state Sen. Ray Holmberg also charges him with one count of receiving images depicting child sexual abuse. The indictment...

Priest Apologizes for Destroying Pumpkins

In an open letter, Czech cleric admits he stomped on 'satanic' symbols

(Newser) - The Rev. Jaromir Smejkal said that he wouldn't have done it if he'd known the pumpkins were carved by the children of his Czech village, but that he has a duty to protect families from "hidden evil." So the parish priest at St John the Baptist...

2 Years After Billionaire's Death, His Widow Sues

Petr Kellner, 56, of Czech Republic died while on heli-skiing trip

(Newser) - The investigation into the crash that killed Czech billionaire Petr Kellner in 2021 still hasn't been completed, but there is a new development: His heirs have sued over what happened in Alaska's backcountry during a heli-skiing trip. In a suit filed just ahead of the two-year statute of...

Czechs Troll Russia With 'Annexation'
Czechs Troll Russia
With 'Annexation'
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Czechs Troll Russia With 'Annexation'

They claim exclave of Kaliningrad is now Czech territory

(Newser) - Russia isn't the only nation in Europe that can claim to have annexed part of another country after an extremely dubious referendum, according to Internet jokesters in the Czech Republic. In posts that went viral this week, Czechs claimed their country had annexed Kaliningrad—a Russian exclave that's...

This Bridge Is Giving Us Serious Vertigo

World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened to the public in Czech Republic

(Newser) - A pedestrian suspension bridge that's the longest such construction in the world has opened at a mountain resort in the Czech Republic. The 2,365-foot-long bridge is built at an altitude of more than 3,610 feet above sea level. It connects two ridges of mountains and hangs up...

Singer's Decision to Catch COVID on Purpose Kills Her

Hana Horka died Sunday at the age of 57

(Newser) - A 57-year-old singer in the Czech Republic has died of COVID, and the story is getting international press thanks to one detail: the admission that Hana Horka contracted COVID intentionally. The BBC reports Horka was unvaccinated. Her husband and son were fully vaccinated but both tested positive for COVID over...

Cable Car Crashes to Ground, Killing One

Accident in Czech Republic took place Sunday

(Newser) - One person was in a cable car Sunday in the Czech Republic when the cabin became detached and crashed to the ground, killing him. Fourteen people in the cabin traveling the opposite direction were rescued, the BBC reports. The accident took place on Mount Jested in Liberec, a popular tourist...

'We Cried, Then We Swore, Then We Cried Again'

4 Czech athletes at Olympics test positive for COVID, and team doctor may be to blame

(Newser) - Four athletes and two staffers from the Czech Olympic team have tested positive for COVID in Tokyo, and the team doctor is getting blamed in the media back home. On Thursday, the team announced that volleyball players Marketa Slukova-Nausch and Barbora Hermannova were barred from playing after their positive tests,...

In One Nation, Infected Doctors Are Asked to Keep Working

Overwhelmed Belgium needs asymptomatic medical workers to continue treating people

(Newser) - A sign of how bad things are in Belgium in regard to COVID-19: Doctors and nurses who've tested positive but have no symptoms are being asked to continue working in some overwhelmed hospitals, reports the Washington Post . "The situation is catastrophic," says an ICU doctor in the...

Looking to Raise a Family? These 10 Nations Are Tops

The US doesn't make the cut—in fact, it's got a dismal ranking

(Newser) - No one's able to go much of anywhere at the moment , but one day, when the pandemic is over, you may be on the hunt for the best place to settle down and have kids. Travel and family journalism website Asher & Lyric did the legwork for us, sifting...

Poland Invades Czech Republic 'by Mistake'


(Newser) - Poland invaded the Czech Republic last month in what one official has called a "misunderstanding," the BBC reports. Polish troops were apparently guarding a closed border to keep up coronavirus measures when they crossed a road, putting them in Czech territory—where they stayed a few days and...

4 European Countries Make Masks Mandatory

Austria orders all shoppers to wear 'alien' masks

(Newser) - "I'm fully aware that mask wearing is something alien to our culture," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday after announcing that face masks will be compulsory for people visiting supermarkets and other stores. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have also made mask-wearing in public, formerly unusual...

Czech Republic Taking Potentially Invasive Virus Move

Will use real-time phone-location data

(Newser) - The Czech Republic has become the first European country to announce plans to deploy a powerful but potentially intrusive location-tracking tool for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as others consider similar moves bound to put public health in conflict with individual privacy. The effort announced Tuesday by the head of a...

6 Killed in Mass Shooting at Czech Hospital
Gunman Kills 6 in
Hospital Waiting Room

Gunman Kills 6 in Hospital Waiting Room

Czech police say gunman killed himself

(Newser) - Six people were killed and three more wounded in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic on Tuesday, the country's prime minister says. The apparent suspect later shot himself dead as police approached his car. Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took...

'Church of Bones' Has Issue With Our Selfie Habits

And it has spurred a photo-policy change

(Newser) - The Sedlec Ossuary chapel is adorned with signs asking guests to be respectful. But it's also adorned with bones from more than 40,000 skeletons, which have apparently proved to be too hard to resist in our Instagram age. CNN reports the chapel, located in the Czech Republic town...

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