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Suspected Breivik sympathizer arrested, arms seized in Czech Republicupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 20:29:00

Czech authorities announced Saturday that they have arrested a 29-year-old man who expressed admiration for Anders Behring Breivik, the self-declared ultranationalist who has admitted killing 77 people in Norway last summer.

Apparently This Matters: Wikipedia random rouletteupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 12:26:00

When I have spare time, one of my favorite ways to be of little-to-no use to society is going on Wikipedia and harnessing the power of the "Random Article" button. It's basically magic. You click it and it pulls up just one entry from among tens of millions. And sometimes it even has facts!

The politics of Tibetan self-immolations updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 06:14:00

Consider this. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire and started a dramatic remaking of the political landscape. The striking of a match brought change not only in Tunisia, but also in Egypt and Libya, and even what is happening in Syria.

Dalai Lama silent on self-immolationsupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 06:14:00

The Dalai Lama refused to answer a question about monk self-immolations in protest of China's occupation of Tibet.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Czech Republic, Greece move to quarters after Day 9updated: Sat Jun 16 2012 18:54:00

The phrase "a turn up for the books" came about to describe a bookmaker's good fortune when an unbacked horse won a race, but Saturday's Group A action could be the definition to serve future generations. At the start of the day Russia -- by an easy consensus the strongest team in the group -- topped a table propped up by Greece, with the much-fancied Poland just a point behind Czech Republic in the middle. By its end, the Czechs had moved to the top of the group and progressed with a negative goal difference, and Greece had beaten Russia to follow them through in second.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Euro 2012 Day 5: Poland and Russia clash; Czech Rep. restores hopeupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:52:00

It was a day of howling sirens, blood-spattered pavement and the menacing thump of baton on riot shield as the warnings of violence before Poland's game with Russia proved to be distressingly accurate. As 5,000 Russians marched through Warsaw to celebrate their country's national day, they clashed with Polish hooligans. Police water cannons, tear gas, auditory grenades and 56 arrests were required to restore order.

Soccer Live: Day Fiveupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:23:00

CNN's live-blogging coverage of the Euro 2012 Group A matches between Greece and Czech Republic and co-hosts Poland and Russia.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Three thoughts: Czech Republic exploits Greece weakness in 2-1 victoryupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 16:33:00

Three thoughts after the Czech Republic's 2-1 win over Greece in Wroclaw, Poland.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Euro 2012 Preview: Czech Republicupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 14:07:00

The Czech Republic needed a playoff win over Montenegro to make it to Euro 2012 after an uninspiring campaign during which it scored only 12 goals in eight games and lost at home to Lithuania. In fact, FA general manager Vladimir Smicer almost sacked coach Michal Bilek.

Unhappy Djokovic not a fan of Madrid's blue clay revolutionupdated: Tue May 08 2012 16:46:00

Novak Djokovic has had plenty to say about the blue clay at the Madrid Masters and he was in no mood to change his mind after a minor scare on his first competitive outing on the new surface.

How can sports be improved?updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 15:42:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto asks the Laureus panel of experts about what changes they'd like to make to their respective sports.

Federer loses again as Swiss crash out to U.S. updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 15:42:00

Switzerland have been knocked out of the Davis Cup by the U.S. after Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka lost their doubles match against Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish in Fribourg on Saturday.

Serena cruises into last 32 with 500th career winupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 08:18:00

American tennis star Serena Williams recorded a landmark 500th career victory on Thursday when she beat the Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open.

Top-seeded Czechs start with victoryupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 05:47:00

Top seeds the Czech Republic opened their Hopman Cup campaign with a 2-1 Group A victory over Bulgaria on Monday.

World reacts to Vaclav Havel's deathupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 13:44:00

International leaders expressed their condolences Sunday after the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, one of the leading anti-Communist dissidents of the 1970s and 1980s.

'Unknown' Czech art star's paintings stolen in daring heistupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 08:07:00

He may be one of the most sought-after painters you have never heard of, but Emil Filla's name is doing the rounds of newsrooms and international art-loss registers following an audacious theft of his works from a collection in the Czech Republic.

Anchor reacts to earthquake on airupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 10:58:00

Oklahoma continued to experience aftershocks Sunday, nearly 24 hours after the state's strongest earthquake since 1952.

Oklahoma's largest quake in decades buckles highway; rattles residentsupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 10:58:00

Central Oklahoma continued to experience dozens of aftershocks Sunday, nearly 24 hours since the state's strongest earthquake since 1952 was felt throughout the region.

Global child porn ring bustedupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 09:29:00

Federal authorities say they've uncovered an international child pornography ring.

10 reported dead in Europe floodingupdated: Sun Aug 08 2010 21:25:00

At least 10 people were killed in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic as creeks and rivers swollen by days of heavy rains burst their banks, destroying buildings, dams and bridges, officials said.

English football clubs ban vuvuzelasupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 08:48:00

The noisy horns were one of the biggest talking points of the 2010 World Cup, but vuvuzelas are unlikely to take hold in British football stadiums in the upcoming season.

Czechs go to polls in parliamentary voteupdated: Sat May 29 2010 00:57:00

Voters in the Czech Republic went to the polls to elect a new parliament that will replace the caretaker government that has been in charge since last year.

An American cancer survivor, cycling for a cureupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 18:23:00

My name is Anne Feeley. I am an American, a mother, a feminist, a baker, a wife, an atheist and a liberal Democrat. I am also a brain cancer survivor and an activist for brain cancer research and patient care.

Obama heads to Czech Republic to sign nuclear arms treatyupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 21:58:00

President Barack Obama headed to the Czech Republic on Wednesday night to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and sign an arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations.

Venus clinches double with Acapulco winupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 12:26:00

Venus Williams is looking forward to a continuing her winning run after retaining her Abierto Mexicano Telcel title in Acapulco on Sunday.

SI.com: Michael Farber: U.S., Canada must maintain focusupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 13:59:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- When asked if could pinpoint Slovakia on a map, Team Canada defenseman Dan Boyle immediately blurted, "Umm, right next to the Czech Republic. I know it used to be part of Czechoslovakia, right? So I'll say close to the Czech Republic."

SI.com: Men's Olympic hockey scheduleupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 03:13:00

United States vs. Switzerland, 3 p.m. Russia vs. Canada, 7:30 p.m. Finland vs. Czech Republic, 10 p.m. Sweden vs. Slovakia, 12 mid.

Taxi tips for travelersupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 11:48:00

When people ask me about the scariest situation I've ever been in, I think back to a taxi ride I took to the Moscow airport in the early '90s. A no-neck guy who looked like a classic Russian mafia thug picked me up in a beat-up old car and drove for an hour down puddle-filled alleys and past derelict apartment buildings. All I could think about were those movie scenes where the good guy is taken down to the riverbank to be shot. Instead, the no-neck pulled up to the airport, shook my hand, and said, "Have a good fly."

Poland signs EU Treaty, only Czech Republic left to ratifyupdated: Sat Oct 10 2009 10:45:00

The Polish president on Saturday signed his country's ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, aimed at streamlining the workings of the European Union.

Pope in secular Czech Republic: Keep faithupdated: Sun Sep 27 2009 22:28:00

Pope Benedict XVI urged a crowd of 120,000 worshippers in one of Europe's most secular countries to remain faithful to religious tradition on Sunday.

Analysis: Missile shield move leaves Europe's politicians exposedupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 10:03:00

The decision by the United States to drop its plans to base an anti-ballistic missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic will have reverberations across Europe.

SI.com: Czech Republic tops Oly hockey champ Swedenupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 16:06:00

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic (AP) -- The Czech Republic scored three goals in the second period and held on to beat Olympic champion Sweden 5-2 in the Czech Hockey Games on Saturday.

Football First XI: Best former Eastern Bloc playersupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 02:25:00

The Berlin Wall came down 20 years ago and in that time the world game has opened its arms to a tidal wave of talent from behind the former Iron Curtain.

Czech Republic cancels missile defense voteupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 16:31:00

The Czech prime minister canceled a vote to allow the United States to put a key part of its planned missile defense system in the Central European country, the government announced late Tuesday.

Europe to be Obama's first overseas tripupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 02:33:00

President Barack Obama will make his first overseas trip since taking office at the end of this month, visiting England, France, Germany and the Czech Republic, the White House said Thursday.

Rights group calls to ban Czech castration lawupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 15:12:00

The Czech Republic's practice of surgically castrating convicted sex offenders is "invasive, irreversible and mutilating" and should stop immediately, the Council of Europe's Anti-Torture Committee said in a report made public Thursday.

At least 6 dead in Czech train crashupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 08:45:00

A passenger train rumbling through the Czech Republic slammed into a collapsed overpass, causing the deaths of at least a half dozen passengers and the injuries of a few dozen more, according to a Czech News Agency account.

Missile defense deal signedupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 19:18:00

The Czech Republic agrees to put parts of the U.S.-planned missile defense system on its soil, but problems remain.

Time.com: US, Czech Republic OK Defense Planupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 13:00:00

The United States and the Czech Republic on Tuesday signed an initial agreement to begin basing part of a U.S. missile shield in the former Soviet satellite

Sverkos gives Czech Republic opening winupdated: Sat Jun 07 2008 17:08:00

Czech Republic substitute Vaclav Sverkos stunned Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland with the only goal of the opening game in Basle on Saturday.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Five-minute guide to Euro 2008updated: Thu Jun 05 2008 11:30:00

SI.com's Gabriele Marcotti is in Switzerland and Austria for the 2008 European Championship. Here's his primer for the tournament.

Sionko double gives Czechs timely boostupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 08:09:00

Midfielder Libor Sionko scored twice with substitute Michal Kadlec adding the other as the Czech Republic warmed up for Euro 2008 with a 3-1 win over Scotland in Prague on Friday night.

Gomis double as France dispatch Ecuadorupdated: Tue May 27 2008 17:21:00

Striker Bafetimbi Gomis scored twice on his French debut as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly international in Grenoble on Tuesday night.

Injury forces Rosicky out of Euro 2008 updated: Fri May 09 2008 12:46:00

Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky broke the expected bad news on Friday that he would be unavailable for this summer's European Championships because of an injury.

Eastern Europe: What's nowupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 17:04:00

Forget lists of "What's Next" in travel. Eastern Europe is "What's Now." While it's catching up to the West -- becoming more modern, expensive and crowded -- Eastern Europe remains a great value. Here's what to expect this year.

Reading swoop for Czech Matejovskyupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 16:22:00

Reading have agreed to sign Czech Republic midfielder Marek Matejovsky from Mlada Boleslav for a reported $2.8 million fee on a three-and-a-half year contract.

SI.com: Allan Muir: Who to watch at World Jr. tourneyupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 12:16:00

Here are four things you can count on happening at the 2008 World Under-20 Championship at Pardubice, Czech Republic:

SI.com: Allan Muir: USA Hockey is a talent millupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 14:20:00

The best available, not the best possible.

Germany prove too good for Cyprusupdated: Sun Nov 18 2007 05:47:00

Germany maintained the pressure on the Czech Republic in the race for top spot in Group D with a comfortable 4-0 win against Cyprus in Hannover.

New case of deadly bird flu in UKupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 12:44:00

An outbreak of bird flu detected on a poultry farm in eastern England is the highly virulent H5N1 strain of the virus, British officials said Tuesday.

Small-town Czech bars humble but funupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 22:53:00

A strip of honey-colored flypaper spirals down from a thumbtack that anchors its now-empty canister. Speckled with lifeless flies, the canister swings each time the violin bow pokes it.

Scots rise to highest-ever rankingupdated: Wed May 16 2007 08:35:00

Italy consolidated their place as the world's top-rated football team while Scotland rose to their highest-ever position in the FIFA rankings issued on Wednesday.

Czechs, U.S. and Russians all win updated: Sun Apr 29 2007 17:18:00

The Czech Republic, the reigning world silver medallists, made it two wins out of two in Group B of the world championships with a confident 6-1 thumping of Austria on Sunday.

Germans set sights on Prague winupdated: Fri Mar 23 2007 09:42:00

German captain Michael Ballack says his team have only victory in mind ahead of Saturday's vital clash with fellow Euro 2008 Group D leaders Czech Republic in Prague.

Indians shock Czechs in Hopman Cupupdated: Sun Dec 31 2006 05:35:00

India upset the Czech Republic 2-1 in a thrilling first round tie at the Hopman Cup mixed teams' event in Perth on Sunday.

Celtic stretch lead to 15 pointsupdated: Sat Nov 18 2006 13:21:00

Scottish champions Celtic strolled to a 3-0 home win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday to extend their lead in the Scottish Premier League to 15 points.

Irish bring back goalkeeper Givenupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 09:29:00

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is back in the Ireland squad for next week's Euro 2008 qualifier against San Marino having recovered from an internal injury.

Cech wins Golden Ball award againupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 04:51:00

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech won the Golden Ball award as the Czech Republic's player of the season for the second time in a row, beating five-times winner Pavel Nedved of Italian champions Juventus.

Rosicky sidelined with thigh worryupdated: Mon May 29 2006 09:30:00

Tomas Rosicky will miss the Czech Republic's World Cup warm-up against Costa Rica on Tuesday because of a thigh injury.

Ghanaupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 10:38:00

Group E | World ranking: 48

First Round Groupsupdated: Wed Apr 19 2006 06:25:00

The top two teams in each group advance to the 16-team knockout round.

CNNMoney: Beer for lifeupdated: Mon Mar 13 2006 13:48:00

With St. Patrick's Day and March Madness soon upon us, Americans probably don't need any more reasons to toss back a few beers. But we'll give you some anyway.

Dempsey snatches victory for U.S.updated: Wed Mar 01 2006 16:46:00

Clint Dempsey's 48th-minute header gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Poland in a World Cup warm-up played in a snowstorm in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday.

Spain must overcome Slovakia testupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 07:12:00

Spain will play Slovakia, Switzerland will face Turkey and Norway will meet the Czech Republic in the play-offs to determine the last three European qualifiers for the World Cup finals.

European play-off places explainedupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 18:10:00

The following six teams will go into Friday's draw for the playoffs for the three remaining World Cup qualifying slots from the European zone.

Czechs cruise into play-off placeupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 14:30:00

The Czech Republic secured a place in the World Cup playoffs after beating Finland 3-0 in the their final Group One qualifier.

Baros fit for Netherlands showdownupdated: Fri Oct 07 2005 10:06:00

Striker Milan Baros has given the Czech Republic a boost by declaring himself fit for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands.

U.S. Open singles resultsupdated: Mon Aug 29 2005 13:09:00

Monday's U.S. Open first round results (seeds in parentheses)

Swedes select Larsson for friendlyupdated: Tue Aug 09 2005 10:04:00

Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson, who only recently recovered from a serious leg injury, has been picked by coach Lars Lagerback for Sweden's friendly against the Czech Republic next week.

Hearts derby triumph sees them topupdated: Sun Aug 07 2005 11:19:00

Hearts romped to a 4-0 derby day win over Edinburgh city rivals Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday to surge to the top of the table.

Brazilians maintain top FIFA spotupdated: Wed Jun 15 2005 06:24:00

World Cup holders Brazil maintained first place in the monthly football rankings issued by FIFA on Wednesday, the day before they start their Confederations Cup campaign against Greece.

Czech ranking best for six yearsupdated: Wed Apr 20 2005 10:33:00

Czech Republic climbed to second in the FIFA world rankings published on Wednesday following World Cup qualifying wins over Finland and Andorra last month.

Koller strike is enough for Czechsupdated: Sat Oct 09 2004 13:50:00

Striker Jan Koller's first-half penalty secured the Czech Republic their first points with a 1-0 victory over Romania in their World Cup Group One qualifying match.

Czech chopper crash kills 6 troopsupdated: Thu Sep 09 2004 08:39:00

Six British soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash during military exercises in the Czech Republic, the Czech ministry of defense says.

Eloranta puts Finns in semifinalsupdated: Tue Sep 07 2004 16:30:00

A late goal by Mikko Eloranta helped strong favorites Finland scrape past Germany 2-1 in the World Cup of ice hockey, sending the Finns through to the semifinals in North America later this week.

Latvia trip up Germany in 0-0 drawupdated: Sat Jun 19 2004 13:41:00

Latvia held Germany to a goalless draw in Group D to put the three-times European champions' progress at Euro 2004 in doubt.

Euro 2004 Team Previewsupdated: Mon Jun 07 2004 11:52:00

Group A

Plasil makes mark in Czech warm-upupdated: Wed Jun 02 2004 14:38:00

Jaroslav Plasil hit his first international goal as the Czech Republic recorded their first win of the year, beating fellow Euro 2004 finalists Bulgaria 3-1 in Prague.

VW makes Skoda a Czech successupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 05:46:00

It's hard not to admire the perseverance of some people like Josef. He has three Skodas and battles most of the time to keep then running and on the road.

Fortune: Beer From a Bottle?updated: Mon May 14 2001 00:01:00

We'd never chug cabernet from a bottle, but Americans think that it's different with beer. John Travolta, leaning languidly against the bar in Urban Cowboy, captured our odd romance with longnecks....

Fortune: Hungarian Rhapsody AN UNEXPECTED ECONOMIC REVIVALupdated: Mon Nov 08 1999 00:01:00

Four years ago, the Hungarian economy was deep in crisis: Inflation was rampant, unemployment was rising, and trade and government deficits were mounting. Making things even worse was the fact that...

Fortune: Forget Scotch: It's Absinthe Time!updated: Mon Nov 08 1999 00:01:00

What's bright green, tastes funny, may cause weird sensations and seizures if you're daring enough to drink it, and is suddenly showing up in all the really cool places these days? If you answered ...

Fortune: CZECHS SPURN WESTERN MATESupdated: Mon Sep 19 1994 00:01:00

The prosperous Czech Republic faces an unusual problem: too much foreign capital. The central bank's reserves of Western currency rose from $3.8 billion to some $5.3 billion in this year's first ni...

Fortune: A DAILY PEEK AT SAMUELSONupdated: Mon Jul 12 1993 00:01:00

Vaclav Klaus, 52, a free-market economist who is Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, is widely considered one of Eastern Europe's most effective political leaders. Says Prague entrepreneur Michae...

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