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Czechs end fourth at world ice hockey championships

The Czech ice hockey team ended fourth at the world ice hockey championships in Helsinki, Finland, losing 2-4 to Slovakia on Saturday. The Czechs, world champions in three of the last four years, lost their chance to fight for another gold on Friday, when they were defeated by Canada 8-4 in the semi-finals.

Czech Airlines pilots slow down work over contract dispute

Pilots for the Czech Republic's national carrier Czech Airlines have been staging a work slowdown since Thursday that delayed many flights and is likely to continue throughout the weekend. The slowdown has affected at least one-third of the carrier's 150 daily flights which have been delayed by 20 minutes on average. The job action stems from a contract dispute between the airline and a union representing its 350 pilots. The two sides have been negotiating for a new contract since January. A new round of talks involving the Czech Ministry of Labour is expected to begin Monday.

Police recover lost Lada paintings

The Czech police recovered paintings stolen from a museum devoted to one of the country's most famous artists, Josef Lada, and broke up a theft ring. Eight paintings were stolen from the Lada museum in the late artist's hometown of Hrusice, near Prague, in October but only five of them have been recovered. The paintings were found in Prague with a large number of antiques and other valuables stolen from nearly 60 homes, cottages and shops across the country since September.

Czech soldiers injured in road accident in Iraq getting better

The health condition of three Czech soldiers who were injured in a road accident in Iraq on Friday has been improving. Two of them were released from hospital, but the third one remains in intensive care with serious injuries. The accident took place some 150 kilometres south of Baghdad. Experts are still investigating the accident which is thought to have been caused by exhaustion of the driver.

Czech weather forecast

We are expecting a cloudy day with rain and thunderstorms in some places, the highest daytime temperatures should range from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius.