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Myanmar's government-in-exile finds friends in the Czech Republic

From his small apartment in the suburbs of Prague, Linn Thant is fighting to restore democracy in Myanmar. When the National Unity Government (NUG), a shadow government set up by deposed parliamen...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2021. There are two days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec....

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2021. There are 13 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 1...

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund dies at 102

PRAGUE (AP) — Miroslav Zikmund, a legendary Czech travel writer, has died. He was 102. The museum in the eastern city of Zlin, where Zikmund had lived, announced his death in a state...

Petr Uhl, journalist, communist-era dissident dies at 80

PRAGUE (AP) — Petr Uhl, a Czech journalist who was one of the country's leading communist-era dissidents and human rights activists, has died at 80. His wife, former Czech ombudsman ...

Photo of the Day: Taiwan foreign minister having beer with Czech Senate president

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A photo showing Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil drinking from a mug filled to the brim with beer with Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has gone viral. ...

Jailed Belarus opposition leader wins European rights prize

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Council of Europe on Monday awarded its major human rights prize to jailed Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested last year after she tore up her passport at...

Belarus protest leader Maria Kolesnikova wins Vaclav Havel prize

The annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Award was given Monday to the jailed Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) at a ceremony in Str...

Maria Kolesnikova: A heart for Belarus

The sentencing was a rare opportunity for the public to see Maria Kolesnikova, who had spent nearly a year in pretrial detention. On September 6, a court in Minsk sentenced the opposition politician t...

Slovakia backs pension cuts for former communist officials

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Parliament approved legislation on Wednesday that reduces pensions paid to members of the former communist regime. Prime Minister Eduard Heger ...

Why Lukashenko diverted a plane to catch Belarusian blogger

On Sunday, authorities in Belarus forced a Ryanair plane to land in the capital, Minsk, citing a bomb threat. When it became clear that the aircraft was being diverted, one passenger's reaction s...

Is Russia behind the 2014 Czech munition depot blasts?

Last Friday, human rights activists installed a paper maché effigy of Russian president Vladimir Putin outside Russia's sprawling embassy in the Czech capital, Prague. It depicted the leader sitti...

Loujain Al-Hathloul wins Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Monday jointly awarded its human rights prize to Saudi Arabian activist Loujain Al-Hathloul. The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Award has been...

Central European leaders mark Visegrad Group's 30 years

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the role of Central European nations is to help protect the European Union against “outside attacks” but also against “internal tendenc...

Central Europe leaders focus on vaccination, nuclear energy

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Wednesday discussed mass vaccination as a means to bring their economies out of the coronavirus pandemic and...