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Ivana Thinks She Should Be Ambassador to Czech Republic

And she's not shedding any tears over not being first lady

(Newser) - Ivana Trump would approve of this article's headline. "I’m quite known all around the world. ... I’m known by the name Ivana. I really did not need the name Trump." So she tells the New York Post in an interview garnering attention thanks to this line:... More »

The Czech Republic Wants to Go by Another Name

But not everybody's happy about 'Czechia'

(Newser) - The Czech Republic, possibly taking its cue from how its neighbors aren't known as the Austrian Republic or the Slovak Republic, wants to change the name it's known by internationally. President Milos Zeman and other officials announced this week that they plan to ask the United Nations to... More »

Thief Hides in Restaurant, Eats Unbelievable Feast

He could face 2 years in prison for the epic meal

(Newser) - Six 11-pound geese, 13 pounds of goose fat and liver, three ducks, a one-gallon jar of pickles, butter, and a package of poppy seeds. These are not lyrics to a Christmas carol of yore but rather the food items enjoyed by an alleged thief, accused of hiding in a restaurant... More »

Germany Not So Open to Migrants After All

Germany limits influx at Austrian border

(Newser) - Germany announced today that it was introducing temporary border checks on the Austrian frontier in a bid to limit the influx of refugees, and cross-border train services from Austria were suspended. Germany and Austria agreed over a week ago to let in migrants who had gathered in Hungary, saying it... More »

Family Endures Nazi Occupation in Reality Show

'Holiday in the Protectorate' raises eyebrows among critics

(Newser) - Imagine channel-surfing one night and stumbling on a reality show about life in a crushing Nazi regime. Well, that show exists in the Czech Republic—and some people aren't too thrilled to see the Nazis turned into casual entertainment, the Guardian reports. Called Holiday in the Protectorate , the show... More »

Czechs to Give Back 1.42 Square Miles to Poland

Wall Street Journal reports on weird border issue

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal relays progress on one of the strangest and slowest-moving border issues you'll ever encounter. It seems that the Czech Republic owes Poland 909 acres, or 1.42 square miles, and plans to pay up. The land debt goes back to the late 1950s, when the... More »

New European Nation Declared

Thousands want to live in Liberland

(Newser) - There is a staggering amount of bloodshed associated with nationhood movements in the Balkans, but a Czech politician says the new country he has declared is a peaceful—and real—project. On Monday, Vit Jedlicka appointed himself president of Liberland, which sits on 2.7 square miles of what he... More »

Czech Prez Bans US Envoy From Castle

Andrew Schapiro questioned Milos Zeman's plan to attend Moscow event

(Newser) - The US ambassador to the Czech Republic recently suggested it would be "awkward" if the country's president headed to a World War II remembrance in Moscow, as most EU leaders are skipping it over Russia's meddling in Ukraine. To show exactly what he thinks of the unsolicited... More »

Priest Confirms Exorcism Video Is Authentic

Was secretly filmed through keyhole in Czech city of Vranov nad Dyji

(Newser) - On Feb. 19, a shriek-filled video was posted to YouTube. What made this one noteworthy: It supposedly captured an exorcism that took place in the Czech city of Vranov nad Dyji. Now, a Catholic priest at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church confirms the video is authentic. "We... More »

Read the Best Exchange So Far on Russia-Ukraine

Swedish official suggests Czech leader might want to talk to his spy service

(Newser) - As NATO considers new sanctions against Russia over its moves in Ukraine, Moscow clearly has an ally in the Czech Republic. President Milos Zeman spoke against sanctions at the NATO summit in Wales this week, expressing skepticism that Russia was sending in troops despite mounting evidence to the contrary, reports... More »

Iron Curtain Still Exists— for Deer

Czech, German animals stay on their own sides of the border

(Newser) - Czech and German deer are way behind when it comes to international politics. The creatures won't cross the Czech border with what used to be West Germany, despite the fall of the Iron Curtain, a study of 300 red deer finds. Researchers used GPS collars to track the deer... More »

Czech Pair: Mystery Man Is Our Son

Alleged amnesiac says he's 'about to be rescued from hell'

(Newser) - He may have been unable to remember who he was, but his hunch that he was a Czech may have been spot on. Police today said a Czech couple has identified a man apparently suffering from amnesia , found in a Norwegian snowdrift in December, as their 36-year-old son, the AP... More »

Mystery Deepens Around Diplomat's Explosive Death

Palestinians release conflicting statements about the safe

(Newser) - The plot thickened today around the mysterious explosion that killed Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal in Prague. Initially, reports had indicated that Jamal had opened a booby-trapped embassy safe—one that the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said hadn't been opened in more than 20 years. But an embassy spokesperson has since... More »

Palestinian Ambassador in Prague Killed in Blast

Jamel al-Jamal killed while moving safe in his apartment

(Newser) - Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion today, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El-Fahel. Al-Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where he... More »

Court Says 'Pastafarian' Has Right to Wear Strainer Hat

Even in his official license photo

(Newser) - A Czech Republic court has struck a blow for religious freedom—ridiculous, ridiculous religious freedom. Lukás Novy, 29, successfully argued that he should be allowed to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his official, government-issued ID photo, because he was required to do so by his "... More »

Woman Survives as Train Zips Over Her

Czech rider isn't injured after fall onto tracks

(Newser) - Video of a Czech woman falling onto subway tracks just before a train arrives turns from horrifying to amazing as she emerges unscathed. The woman appears to be falling asleep on her feet as she stumbles onto the tracks, reports the Telegraph . A man arrives a second too late to... More »

Czech PM Resigns Over Spy Scandal

Petr Necas will step down after top aide arrested for spying on Necas' wife

(Newser) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced today that he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government. Necas said he also will quit tomorrow as chairman of his conservative Civic Democratic Party. He has been under pressure to quit since police conducted raids all across the country... More »

Czechs Test Flying Bike

Three companies show off prototype

(Newser) - Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off today inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight. Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 209... More »

Huge Blast Shakes Prague

Dozens injured; gas leak suspected

(Newser) - A powerful blast shook central Prague this morning, shattering windows in buildings hundreds of feet away and causing the evacuation of a large area. Up to 40 people were injured in the explosion, which police say was probably the result of a gas leak, the AP reports. The explosion badly... More »

Czech Republic: We're Not Chechnya

Czech ambassador posts geography lesson for social media pundits

(Newser) - A quick geography lesson: The Chechen Republic is a subject of Russia in southeastern Europe; the Czech Republic is a nation about 2,000 miles away in central Europe. The Czech ambassador to the US has issued a statement explaining the difference after a surprising number of social media users... More »

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