Daily news summary News of Radio Prague

12-07-2003

Svoboda reopens Czech embassy, meets civil administrator on visit to Baghdad

The foreign minister, Cyril Svoboda, has reopened the Czech embassy in Baghdad. Mr Svoboda also held talks with the American civil administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer, who praised the Czech government for the part it is playing in the reconstruction of the country. Mr Svoboda was also due to visit Basra on Saturday and to meet members of a Czech military field hospital based in the city. On Sunday the foreign minister is moving on to Israel, where he will meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other senior Israeli officials.

Meanwhile the Czech Catholic Charity Association has sent a tonne and a half of medicines to Iraq. The medicines, mainly antibiotics and vitamins for children, were flown to Basra on Friday night in a Defence Ministry plane.

Another death by self-immolation

A 21-year-old man burned himself to death in the north Moravian town of Frydek-Mistek on Friday evening. The man, said to have been a drug addict, doused himself in flammable liquid and set it alight. He died before doctors managed to reach the scene. It was the 17th case of suicide, or attempted suicide, by burning in the Czech Republic since the beginning of March.

Several injured as train derailed by truck in Orlicke Mountains

More than a dozen people were injured when a local passenger train collided with a truck at Rokytnice in the Orlicke Mountains, east Bohemia on Saturday. The truck driver was flown to hospital in Hradec Kralove with serious head injuries. The train was derailed in the accident, which occurred at an unmarked crossing between two towns in the mountains.

Pilot of ultra-light dies in crash, daughter escapes with light injuries

The pilot of an ultra-light plane died in a crash near the north-west Bohemian town of Louny on Friday. The man's daughter had been a passenger in the plane and escaped with light injuries. The cause of the crash is now being investigated.

Novak beats compatriot Stepanek to reach Swiss Open tennis final

The Czech number one tennis player, Jiri Novak, beat his compatriot Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Saturday. Mr Novak will now face Roger Federer of Switzerland to decide who takes the half-a-million Euro top prize.

Czech volleyball team beaten in World League semi-finals after impressive run

The Czech Republic's volleyball team have been beaten 3:0 by Brazil in the World League semi-finals in Madrid. Though they were clearly outplayed by Brazil on Saturday, the fact the Czechs got so far in the competition is regarded as a great success. They play Italy for third place on Sunday.

Weather

Sunday should be partially cloudy with temperatures of between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius.

12-07-2003