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Gas leak suspected in Prague explosion

Emergency workers used sniffer dogs Monday to search for people who may have been trapped in rubble when a powerful explosion rocked the old quarter of the Czech capital that is often filled with tourists and backpackers.
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY

The Making of Islamic Terrorists

After the July 7, 2005 public transit bombings in London, Ahmed woke up, looked around his neighborhood and was troubled by what he saw. Three of the four bombers were from nearby Leeds and, like him, they had Pakistani backgrounds.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Often Shunted Into Special Schools, Gypsies Fight Back

Czech Republic officials estimate that up to 75 percent of Roma children are attending schools intended for the mentally disabled, receiving what human rights groups contend is a substandard education that can lead to a lifetime of unemployment, dependence on welfare and even crime.

CMAJ

Obesity epidemic migrates east

A dramatic decrease in physical activity and an influx of junk food following the collapse of the Berlin Wall have triggered an epidemic of obesity among Eastern Europeans.

THE IRISH TIMES

Choirmaster who abused 40 girls escapes jail

A Czech court has found the director of the internationally acclaimed children’s singing ensemble Bambini di Praga guilty of molesting 40 teenage girls between 1984 and 2003.

INHOUSE LEGAL

Banning China’s Huawei?

EU countries are divided on whether or not to allow the Chinese telecommunications giant build 5G network infrastructure.

JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY

Tough times drive European voters to far right

Gains by anti-Semitic, xenophobic and racist far-right parties in June 4-7 elections for European Parliament were a reminder of how voters across Europe gravitate toward fringe parties and extremists during tough economic times.
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY

Europe, U.S. standing shoulder to shoulder on Iran

The united European-American front on Iran is not new, but three relatively recent developments have strengthened the alliance since Iran’s nuclear ambitions became an international preoccupation.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Czech Ban Hard Liquor Sales After Methanol Poisonings

The Czech Republic has banned the sale of liquor containing 20 percent or higher alcohol content after at least 20 people were killed and dozens of others were seriously injured from consuming methanol-tainted spirits.
WOMEN’S eNEWS

Czech Exhibit Shows Ads That Degrade Women

A woman’s cut-off torso, bound in leather, towers 50 feet above a heavily trafficked city street here. For the thousands of people who pass the billboard of the giant, enslaved torso each day, her enormous and exposed cleavage blocks the view of the sky.

WOMEN’S eNEWS

Sterilized Roma Say They Did Not Consent

any Roma women say they may have signed a paper indicating consent, but they did not understand what they were signing because it was not explained to them, or else they signed it under intense pressure just before giving birth. They claim they were specifically targeted because of their race.

THE JERUSALEM POST

THE Celebrity Birth of the Decade

Angelina Jolie brought her twins into the world on Shabbat. That fact may have been overlooked last week by the thousands of media outlets covering the birth, but the timing did not escape Dr. Michel Sussmann, Jolie’s Jewish obstetrician.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Not a Bird or a Plane, but Home

Perched at the base of the Beskydy Mountains in the Czech Republic is a titanium-plated house in the fanciful shape of a bird with wings extended. The steel-and-glass structure in the picturesque northeastern region is the home of Pavel Horak, the chief executive of PPL.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

A Home on a Slope, With Floors to Match

The house has almost no internal walls or doors and few level floors — most are ramps that traverse the interior. It’s not surprising that local architecture critics have dubbed this 1,300-square-foot structure “the marshmallow house.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Prague Looks Back to Its Revolution

“Remembrance of bad things past” is one way to describe Prague’s reflective mood as it marks Nov. 17, the 20th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution that ousted the Communist regime.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Living Against the Grain in the Czech Republic

Radim Kralik and his wife live in a modern concrete box on top of a 1943 grain silo, a stark contrast to the neo-Gothic spires that dominate this small city about 175 miles east of Prague.

JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY

The Golem in Prague’s Closet

According to legend, Prague’s most famous rabbi, the 16th-century Judah Loew ben Bezalel, magically made a mute clay being who alternately protected and rampaged through the Prague ghetto where Jews were required to live.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Czechs really hate this U.S. import

The Czechs rid themselves of the hammer and the sickle, only to be beset by another foreign invader: Santa Claus.

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TRAVEL WEEKLY

Report card for luxury hotels in France, Italy

Europe editor Dinah A. Spritzer tested the limits of luxury at hotels in France and Italy.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

A Czech City Reclaims its Past

A former mining town in the Czech Republic that once epitomized Communist-era bleakness is embracing its industrial heritage, with a little help from punk rock, an all-night party street and a “castle” made of steel.
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Prague: What’s New in the Cube

In August, leaders of New Stage covered an overlooked lot behind Prague’s National Theater with grass. They then invited the public to sit down and use the installation for dining, wining and lingering.

CULTURE TRIP

8 Stunning Places To Stay in Prague for Exploring Its Old Town

From gilded Renaissance interiors to post-modern marble-clad bathtubs, there are hundreds of hotels to choose from in the City of a Hundred Spires.
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Save or Splurge: Prague

When you awaken in one of the eight rooms of the 14th-century Domus Henrici, you can either look out your window to see glorious Petrin Hill and Strahov Monastery or step outside and observe the bucolic scene from one of two terraces.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Glamour Revives Port of Batumi

AN illuminated tower soars above the clear Black Sea and the mist-covered Caucasus mountains surrounding the port town of Batumi, Georgia.

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NYU PRAGUE

Dinah Spritzer Joins Political Discussion

Journalist and teacher Dinah Spritzer will moderate next Tuesday’s discussion at NYU Prague on Political Commentary Today. She will be joined by prominent Czech political analysts Jiří Pehe and Karel Kovář – better known as Kovy.

RESPEKT.CZ

You Have the Luxury of Being Eurosceptical

Respekt talks to four foreign correspondents in Prague about the Battle of White Mountain, Czech food and the dream some Czechs have of becoming the second Switzerland.

LIDKOVY.CZ

Média potřebují něco sexy, třeba KSČM

Je na českých volbách něco zajímavého při pohledu zvenčí? Je tuzemské rozhodování vůbec pro cizince srozumitelné? Debatu čtyř zahraničních novinářů o volbách moderoval redaktor Orientace Tomáš Němeček.

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