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'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... More »

'Extraordinary Case' Leads to Record-Setting Pregnancy

Healthy baby girl born in Czech Republic to brain-dead mom who'd suffered stroke 117 days earlier

(Newser) - For nearly four months, Czech medical staff kept a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, touching her stomach, moving her legs to simulate walking, and talking to her unborn child. On Aug. 15, the fruit of their efforts was born: a healthy baby girl, weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces and... More »

Massive Crowd Says Democracy Could Collapse

Czech protesters oppose Prime Minister Andrej Babis

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Sunday in Prague to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign, assembling from across the Czech Republic for the capital's biggest anti-government protest since the 1989 pro-democratic Velvet Revolution that brought down the communist regime, the AP reports. The demonstration at Letna Park,... More »

He Kept 2 Lions in His Yard. The Inevitable Just Happened

Czech Michal Prasek mauled to death on family farm

(Newser) - When Michal Prasek was attacked by a lion in 2012, he admitted it was his own fault. "Every morning I went to feed it, but this time I put on a coat that smelled of dogs," the amateur lion breeder said, per the UK Week . He added that... More »

Centuries-Old 'Hunger Stones' Reappear in European River

'When you see me, cry,' reads one

(Newser) - Due to this summer's drought in Central Europe, boulders known as "hunger stones" are reappearing in the Elbe River. The low water levels in the river that begins in the Czech Republic then crosses Germany into the North Sea has exposed stones on the river bed whose appearances... More »

Czech President Burns Undies, Calls Reporters 'Little Idiots'

'The time of underwear in politics is over,' Milos Zeman proclaimed

(Newser) - A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time. Milos Zeman announced a press conference for Thursday, but instead of briefing reporters, he had two firefighters in protective gear help him burn a huge pair of red underpants in front of them, the AP reports. Per... More »

New Michael Cohen Travel Wrinkle Could Be a Big Deal

Report says Mueller can prove he visited in Prague in 2016, despite his denial

(Newser) - McClatchy is out with a report about Trump attorney Michael Cohen that could prove to be a significant development in the Robert Mueller investigation. The news service, quoting anonymous sources, reports that Mueller can prove Cohen visited Prague in 2016 in the midst of the election. For those asking,... More »

World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt

(Newser) - Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when... More »

Ivana Says Trump Offered Her Czech Ambassadorship

Ex-wife also says she was the one who encouraged him to use Twitter

(Newser) - Whether you love or loathe President Trump's tweeting, we now know where credit belongs for the presidential Twitter account. "I said, 'I think you should tweet ... if you want to get your words across rightly, without telling the New York Times, which is going to twist every... More »

Extracurricular Club for Disabled Now a World-Renowned Orchestra

Czech Republic's Tap Tap group, which started 18 years ago, plays all over the world

(Newser) - It's an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow, and Jerusalem. Today, Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned Prague school for the disabled an extracurricular activity, has become a major musical operation that has drawn millions of fans, first at... More »

High School Grads Don Bikinis for Power Plant Internship

Czech nuclear station apologizes for holding contest, taking pics of girls

(Newser) - The French designer of the bikini may have named his invention after the atoll in the Marshall Islands where the US detonated nuclear devices in the mid-1940s, but a power plant in the Czech Republic is in trouble after drawing too clear a line linking the explosive power source and... More »

Czech Girl Scout in Viral Photo Threatened

Lucie Myslikova, 16, stood up to neo-Nazi at protest

(Newser) - The Czech Interior Ministry says that police are taking steps to ensure the security of a Girl Scout after a photo showing her confronting a neo-Nazi group went viral , reports the AP . The ministry's Center Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats says the move was prompted by threats against 16-year-old... More »

Neo-Nazi Meets His Match: A Girl Scout

Lucie Myslíková, 16, applauded for her courage

(Newser) - Confronted with a neo-Nazi in the Czech Republic, a 16-year-old Girl Scout stood her ground, engaging the man in a heated debate. But it's a "powerful" photo of the exchange that now has people talking, per USA Today . Police tell the Guardian some 150 neo-Nazis had gathered for... More »

To Protect Rhinos, Zoo Taking Chainsaw to Their Faces

Dvur Kralove zoo is fearful of poachers in wake of French incident

(Newser) - "For the sake of rhino safety," a Czech zoo plans to take a chainsaw to its rhinos' faces. The goal is to make the herd of rare black and southern white rhinos unattractive to poachers, who last week shot and killed a white rhino at a French zoo... More »

Knife-Wielding Intruder Attacks Tennis Star

Petra Kvitova says she's 'fortunate to be alive'

(Newser) - Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova suffered a "severe" injury to her playing hand Tuesday when an assailant posing as a utilities worker entered her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and attacked her with a knife, reports the Guardian . "In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured... More »

How to Pay Off $276M Debt? Cuba Gets Creative

Havana wants to offer bottles of rum that would keep Czech Republic liquored up for more than 100 years

(Newser) - Who says arguments can't be settled and accounts squared over a good bottle of booze—or many of them. Cuba is apparently considering that route in taking care of the $276 million it owes the Czech Republic, with the BBC reporting the proposed volume of rum would last the... More »

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 »

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