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Czech Pastafarian wins right to wear pasta strainer hat

The Czech Republic is now the second country in Europe to recognize pasta strainers as religious headgear. The Daily Mail reported Thursday that Lukas Novy from Brno in the Czech Republic has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head at all times in observance of his…

Czech and German cities brace for more killer floods

Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic were scrambling Wednesday to stave off potential disaster as a flood wave headed north, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. Hungary has also declared a state of alert as waters surge in the mighty Danube, which is also threatening cities in Austria.…

Ten dead and thousands evacuated as floods sweep Europe

Thousands were forced from their homes and at least 10 people were killed as floodwaters deluged swathes of Europe including the historic centre of the Czech capital Prague. Shops and schools were shut and road and rail transport were disrupted across the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany following torrential rains.…

Twitterers mistake Czech Republic for Chechnya in Boston bombings

Czech Republic laments Twitter geography after many suggest Boston bombings carried out by Czechs. David Trifunov Americans please take note, Czech Republic is a once-troubled yet entirely peaceful ally tucked into the heart of Central Europe. Chechnya is a restive Russian region that survived its…  …

Czech pharmacies begin selling medical marijuana

Medical marijuana legally went on sale Tuesday in pharmacies across the Czech Republic for patients suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or psoriasis. The new law does not foresee health insurance coverage for marijuana, touted by some as a medical miracle drug. The prescription-only drug formally became legal on…

Horsemeat found in Ikea meatballs in 25 countries

The producer of the Ikea meatballs withdrawn from shelves in 25 countries has found horsemeat in its products, Sweden’s national food agency SLA said Wednesday. The agency was informed by Swedish company Dafgaard that its own tests had confirmed the presence of equine DNA, a spokeswoman for the agency said.…

Revamped historic Czech breweries get back on tap

Rising from the ashes after closure or near-collapse, historic Czech breweries are getting back on tap with new owners seeking to tickle the taste buds of the world’s greatest beer lovers with exotic new flavours. Along with a wave of new micro-breweries, these revamped elders — many with several hundred…

Czech revolution icon Vaclav Havel dies

PRAGUE — Former Czech president and hero of the Velvet Revolution Vaclav Havel, who steered his country to independence from Soviet rule in 1989, died on Sunday at the age of 75. Havel died in his sleep at dawn in his weekend house in the village of Hradecek, about 140…

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